I'm making my portfolio and as I understand, everything that has to be printed has to be set in the CMYK color mode. So, I chose CMYK. I'm using Illustrator CC 2018. The file tab shows the information
My portfolio (CMYK/Preview/U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2).
Now, after a while, when I look back at everything, all the bitmaps I placed (like logos or graphics that were saved as PNGs on my computer), their blacks look gray. Moreover, every color looks less vivid in a way and duller. It's almost like a layer of faded black or gray is overlayed over everything.
I know this is a common phenomenon -- whatever you make in RGB initially and then convert to CMYK will look duller, but is there a way to get around it? I don't want my purples to look faded, dull purples.
And as for blacks in the shapes I'm creating, I don't want rich black to be printed but CMY=0 K=100 was too ... gray, so I went for C=75 M=68 Y=67 K=90 which is a more "true black". It's better and I guess it's the closest you can get to RGB black in CMYK?