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I need to design a letterhead and I have this watercolour effect which I created in Photoshop (RGB file). I want to take this to Illustrator and work with this as part of my design for the letterhead. When I place it in Illustrator, the colours seem to vary quite a bit. I suppose this is because its in CMYK and the original is in RGB. Should I be re-working the original watercolour arwork in CMYK in Photoshop? Would the colours match when I take it to Illustrator?

  • Yes if ur working in CMYK mode and your file is RGB color do change. Convert them to CMYK – atek Jan 24 '17 at 9:19
  • I re worked the artwork in Photoshop using cmyk, and even then the colours look way off, when i complete it in Illustrator. What should i do to get the actual colours? – Sarah Jan 24 '17 at 12:59
  • Have you check the profile color in the settings of your document ? in Photoshop and Illustrator. – koyuki Jan 24 '17 at 13:17
  • what should the profile color ideally be for both Photoshop and Illustrator? – Sarah Jan 25 '17 at 8:28
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Should I be re-working the original watercolour arwork in CMYK in Photoshop?

Not necesary.

Working in CMYK is not that simple, it needs to take into account the profile.

A basic example is the maximum amount of ink. You should not use for example c100m100y100k100.

Most art work, paintings, are better to be done in RGB and then just converted to CMYK. The colors change yes, but you need to live with the change.(*)

An exception is when you have pure colors, for example a watercolour letterhead with only yellow and magenta to produce and combine a yellow-orange-red paint. In a specific case like that yes, you could work directly in CMYK.

(*) But is important to turn the profile on so you can see on screen the aproximate result in CMYK when working in RGB.

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