When I design a simple postcard in Photoshop and use one of my photos, I'm not sure what color space or how to save the file so that it won't change the color of the image. When I use CYMK it turns the photos I use neon and RGB looks like someone unsaturated the file.

  • Are you printing at home on a home inkjet printer? Or is it for commercial printing, using lithography/screen printing, or something else? Please supply more information if you want a good answer. Thanks. – Billy Kerr May 15 '18 at 18:01
  • 1
    @BillyKerr Any answer really. – joojaa May 15 '18 at 18:03
  • For an end-user inkjet printer, use RGB colors.

  • For a commercial printing press use CMYK colors.

If colors are not accurate when printed, calibrate your devices.

Without more information with respect to the actual printing process you are using (equipment), this is the best I can provide.


Rule #1
Don't use your monitor profile as your colour space. At minimum use your intended output space - sRGB for web, etc. Your monitor profile should appear in the list of potential spaces, but never select it for your Working Space.

enter image description here

As this seems to be something of a contentious issue [see comments], let me refer to Adobe's own colour workflow documentation - https://www.adobe.com/digitalimag/pdfs/color_managed_raw_workflow.pdf

Extract -

enter image description here

Note: most 'consumer' printing facilities prefer sRGB even though the result will be ink-printed, which in 'pro' terms would need CMYK.

...another 'not really an answer' but based on current question & lack of real detail

  • So according to this rule if you calibrate your monitor to be sRGB . Then you should never use sRGB since its the monitors profile? – joojaa May 16 '18 at 6:05
  • ermm...no. The monitor's profile will be 'DellU2713-sRGB-16May18.icc'... etc The workflow profile would be sRGB IEC61966-2.1. Two entirely different things. The OS automatically applies your monitor profile to what you're seeing, so "doing it twice" is not going to work. – Tetsujin May 16 '18 at 6:28
  • Yes offcourse but that one is for the system not you. But this is only if your monitor is only profiled not if its hardware calibrated. – joojaa May 16 '18 at 8:51
  • I'm not sure what you're getting at. It's your monitor profile - whether or not it's calibrated merely affects its accuracy, not its purpose. You absolutely do not want your monitor profile in your Workflow. Example added to answer. – Tetsujin May 16 '18 at 9:28
  • Calibration is not just more accurate it makes the profile of the device other profile, so after calibration to sRGB the monitors profile is the same sRGB as you would use for documents. – joojaa May 16 '18 at 9:33

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.