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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Color Space

Our eyes see in RGB, yet we print (usually) with CMYK. As mentioned in Chapter Four, “Preparing Raster Images,” RGB is the native tongue for scanners and digital cameras as well. Even though an image may be fated to printing in CMYK, there are advantages to keeping the image in RGB as you perform color correction, retouching, and compositing. The wider color gamut of RGB gives you more to work with as you make color corrections, and some interesting Photoshop effects, such as the Vanishing Point, Texturizer, and Artistic filters, are not available in CMYK images.

Once you convert an image to CMYK for a given printing condition, you lose some flexibility. Keeping the image in RGB allows you to defer the conversion until later in the ...

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