I'm currently working on a calendar design on Adobe Illustrator CC with CMYK color setting. From what I knew from my self-taught experience, we should prepare our files in CMYK format for printing purposes (I always export them as a .JPEG with CMYK colors). But one of my friends said that I should prepare my files with bleed (approx. 3mm on every sides), and saves my files as Adobe PDFs.
So I did like she told me. Saved all my files as Adobe PDF with these formats: - General -- Adobe PDF Preset = Press Quality - Marks and Bleeds -- (ticks all)
Then I printed them all on a Digital Print Press to a glossy art carton. But I got confused when the results came. All the colors seem off and darken compared to the display on the screen.
So here's my question:
Does saving as Adobe PDF automatically turn the color format to RGB? Because when I saw the .PDF files, the colors look like an RGB format, compared to one that I exported directly as .JPEG with CMYK colors.
How to save as Adobe PDF with CMYK colors? Because I need the Bleed setting, and it's only available in .PDF format.
Thank you in advance, designers.