It may sound like a silly qestion but I upload my designs to a website that will later print them onto garments and other stuff. I saw on the website that I should be converting my designs to RGB before uploading them. I haven't had any troubles with it so far but I'm wondering whether it's something I actively need to do if the box for sRGB is ticked.

I've been working in CMYK but then always save them as a PNG which I thought you couldn't do unless they're RGB.

  • If you save a png image then yes. However it defeats the purpose of using CMYK mode in the first place.
    – joojaa
    Jun 18, 2017 at 21:42
  • PNG images are RGB by default. The format doesn't support CMYK as far as I'm aware - since it's a web image format.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 19, 2017 at 8:31

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Logic dictates that if you have convert to sRGB ticked, things are converted to sRGB. sRGB is RGB, it's merely a specific (and common) RGB color profile.

If the final product is reproduced in RGB, it would be best to work in RGB if possible. Color conversion can introduce unwanted colors, although converting from CMYK to RGB is generally less problematic than vice versa.

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