Editing for print: CMYK Settings

Editing for print: CMYK Settings

4 posts
14 April 2014
Follyhouse
Photographer
Follyhouse
Could anyone advise on which might be the 'safest' of the CMYK default settings to use for images intended for printing in a glossy magazine (UK) - I have no additional information to help me create a custom CMYK setting.

I'm intending to use either Adobe RGB or Prophoto RGB beforehand - any preference here?

Thanks in advance.
Posted 14 April 2014
MLP
Photographer
MLP
Ask the printer! You need to match the profile with the printer
Posted 15 April 2014
johno
Photographer
johno
Hi

Firstly you need to be aware that CMYK has less colours than RGB. so fluorescent greens and so on won't reproduce.

When you convert an RGB file to CMYK blacks maybe created by the use of a composit of CMYK (ie. 20%C 20%M 20%y 20%K) this can produce a muudy black. if you use 'selective colour' (image>adjustments>selective tool) tool you can dial out the CMY and just have blacks printed from the black drum. giving a cleaner end result. A good printer will do this for you.

I worked in pre press for 3 years, I'll try and upload a pic as an example for you.

cheers

John

https://imageshack.com/i/n7g4dqj

Posted 15 April 2014
Edited by johno 15 April 2014
Follyhouse
Photographer
Follyhouse
Many thanks for the replies. Unfortunately I'm not able to deal directly with the printer in this instance, so it's a case of hoping for the best with one of the default CMYK conversion settings
Posted 15 April 2014
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