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Saving CMYK files


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Photoshop CS5: Prepress and Printing

with Taz Tally

Video: Saving CMYK files

In this section I like to talk a little bit about saving CMYK files. Later on in the course, we'll actually get into some detail about how to create a CMYK file from an RGB image. But in this case, I just want to talk about saving CMYK files. And once again, we're going to make a copy of this image. I'm going Image > Duplicate. And we're just going to call this one CMYK. For what we're doing now, we're going to turnoff the spot color components here of this particular file. We're just going to come up underneath Image and Mode and notice that there's CMYK.
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  1. 2m 20s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 22s
  2. 7m 3s
    1. Assigning working color spaces
      4m 58s
    2. Soft proofing
      2m 5s
  3. 16m 42s
    1. Understanding pixel fundamentals: Bit depth, RGB, and CMYK
      3m 44s
    2. Setting up and using the Info panel
      5m 14s
    3. Understanding AM vs. FM screening
      7m 44s
  4. 7m 27s
    1. Understanding color gamuts and color profiles
      5m 2s
    2. Determining the minimum printable highlight of a specific printer
      2m 25s
  5. 46m 53s
    1. Handling images
      8m 40s
    2. Setting highlights and shadows
      4m 8s
    3. Adjusting brightness and contrast
      3m 5s
    4. Adjusting images for newsprint
      2m 28s
    5. Understanding dot gain
      3m 23s
    6. Making dot gain adjustments
      4m 2s
    7. Resizing and resampling your images
      10m 42s
    8. Removing patterns
      7m 4s
    9. Working with Smart Objects
      3m 21s
  6. 31m 2s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 16s
    2. Working with PSD files
      2m 22s
    3. Simplifying with TIFF files
      4m 23s
    4. Working with EPS
      3m 9s
    5. Working with PDFs
      5m 27s
    6. Saving CMYK files
      4m 1s
    7. Saving spot colors in DCS 2.0 format
      3m 16s
    8. Saving spot colors as PDFs
      1m 39s
    9. Working with large document files
      1m 50s
    10. Working with JPGs
      1m 39s
  7. 21m 18s
    1. Using swatch books
      7m 30s
    2. Assigning and building process colors
      3m 38s
    3. Assigning spot colors
      3m 12s
    4. Creating duotones
      4m 0s
    5. Creating rich blacks
      2m 58s
  8. 4m 54s
    1. Creating printable vignettes
      2m 41s
    2. Creating printable gradients
      2m 13s
  9. 17m 21s
    1. Choosing and formatting fonts for printing
      5m 14s
    2. Comparing editable and raster types
      3m 9s
    3. Working with hard-edged type
      1m 45s
    4. Printing fonts and file formats
      7m 13s
  10. 19m 17s
    1. Knowing a sharpening tool
      3m 8s
    2. Sharpening noisy images
      3m 5s
    3. Sharpening RGB files
      8m 25s
    4. Sharpening in Lab
      2m 14s
    5. Using Smart Filters
      2m 25s
  11. 46m 5s
    1. Understanding color spaces, gamuts, and profiles
      5m 55s
    2. Choosing a workflow: RGB or CMYK
      2m 39s
    3. Printing to commercial offset presses
      6m 54s
    4. Printing to digital presses and toner printers
      7m 23s
    5. Printing to high-quality inkjets
      11m 15s
    6. Printing to single-channel grayscale
      4m 4s
    7. Printing to double-channel grayscale
      4m 11s
    8. Downloading and installing printer-paper profiles
      3m 44s
  12. 11m 5s
    1. Soft-proofing images
      6m 29s
    2. Printing a hard proof
      4m 36s
  13. 10m 7s
    1. Recording actions to change color modes and file formats
      5m 22s
    2. Automating dimension changes
      4m 45s
  14. 16s
    1. Goodbye
      16s

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4h 1m Intermediate May 04, 2010

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In Photoshop CS5: Prepress and Printing, author Taz Tally shows how to prepare Photoshop files for a wide variety of printing devices, including offset printing presses, digital presses, wide format, large gamut inkjet printers, and toner-based printers. This course covers image adjustments, color mode conversions, and selecting the right format for print, as well as assigning and building colors to achieve desired print colors and using automation to streamline the prepress workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding RGB and CMYK bit depth
  • AM versus FM screening
  • Working with device color gamuts and profiles
  • Making image adjustments before printing
  • Choosing the correct file format for output
  • Assigning spot and process colors
  • Comparing editable and raster type
  • Sharpening for print
  • Printing to grayscale
  • Proofing images
  • Recording actions to automate printing-related tasks
Subject:
Design
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Taz Tally

Saving CMYK files

In this section I like to talk a little bit about saving CMYK files. Later on in the course, we'll actually get into some detail about how to create a CMYK file from an RGB image. But in this case, I just want to talk about saving CMYK files. And once again, we're going to make a copy of this image. I'm going Image > Duplicate. And we're just going to call this one CMYK. For what we're doing now, we're going to turnoff the spot color components here of this particular file. We're just going to come up underneath Image and Mode and notice that there's CMYK.

Typically, I don't use this. We're just doing it here just to do it quickly. Later on in the course, you'll see we're actually going to use the Convert to Profile method. But just for here, we're just going to make a quick CMYK file. And notice it says changing modes can affect the appearance of smart objects. Some filters applied to smart objects may not be available, as you'll see some adjustment layers are not. But let's click Don't rasterize. We'll see changing modes will discard some adjustment layers. Change mode anyway? We'll click OK, but not Flatten. And then it tells you which version of the CMYK profiles it's going to use.

And it's just automatically using the one that we've set up earlier in the class in the Color Settings setup. Again, much more detail on how to actually apply all that later on. Now we're just talking about file formats. And what I want to show you is that notice that now we have the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. And notice that the spot color and the alpha channel has been maintained. But we've got the spot color turned off for now. Notice that we lost the adjustment layers, because these adjustment layers just don't work in CMYK, so they can't be retained. So understand that typically when you go to CMYK, you're going to use lose a fair amount of editability.

My recommendation when you're going to CMYK is really everything ought to be done. And typically I will just come down here and I would choose flatten my image. But before I do that, I'm going to go ahead and do a save. And talk about some of the things that we can save inside this file when we save out various formats. I'm going to choose TIFF first. That's one of the file formats we've talked about. And notice that you can actually save a spot color inside of TIFF. Even if we turn the spot color off here, it see that the spot color there and will try to save it.

But you don't want to save an image with the spot color as a TIFF. You just don't want to do it, because the RIPs aren't made to read TIFFs with spot colors. So if you have a spot color, TIFF is not the right way to go. But if you don't have the spot color, in fact, let's just go into our channels, and let's just get rid of that spot color for now. And we'll just get rid of that type layer that we rasterized. And let's go ahead and do a Save. And let's choose TIFF. Notice that the Spot Colors is now turned off. And you can decide, well, do I want to save the alpha channels and layers or not? If you remember earlier, we talked about TIFF, and if you haven't seen that part of the course, you might go back and review it.

I typically use TIFF for flattened files. I don't save alpha channels and layers and masks in there. I just don't do it. So what I might do here is let's just do a Save As instead of just a Save, so we'll create a whole new file. Notice with the PDF, I can save everything with the PDF, just like a .PSD file. But if I wanted to make a real simplified CMYK file, I'm going to go TIFF. I'm going to turn off Layers and Alpha Channels and let's put this in the right folder here, and then click Save. Just like before, no compression.

Pixel Order, the default one, for Interleaved, and then Byte Order, IBM PC to give you cross-platform compatibility. The Mac can read either just fine. So then we have a CMYK file. And notice we did a Save As, so the original file stays up here. And there's our TIFF that we've just created. Now I'll open that up. And you'll notice we have a very simplified file that will print very nicely on a CMYK press. So that's working with just straight CMYK files. When you're convinced that the file is right, you can flatten it, save it out as a TIFF. You can also save those CMYK files out as we saw as .PSD files and as PDF files.

But I don't recommend saving out all the layers in the contents if you're going with the TIFF. It is much easier to just keep the TIFFs in the PDFs and the PSD files separate.

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