Working with so many local and overseas clients for their verities image editing tasks, we have experienced that, there are some people who require to change their image color format to CMYK before start photograph post processing specially for PRINTING purpose. And we just simply do it using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator application.

We believe there are large number of Photographers who did this by their own but when the image number got to be big or related with some other tasks then they like to leave it to some image editing professionals, individuals or companies like us.

By the kind of Adobe Photoshop application, the tasks goes very easy only maintaining few steps with. Here we tried to describe those steps how to change images color format from RGB to CMYK.
Required Adobe Version: Minimum Adobe Photoshop CS3 – CC

Open Your Adobe Photoshop Application

Make sure your Adobe Photoshop application are open. If you did not installed it yet please visit to get the latest adobe version and installed it. You will get detail instruction there how to install it on your machine. So, I thought you are ready with minimum Adobe CS3 version and made sure that open now.

Open an image that you want to convert to CMYK from RGB

Open any image or which you wants to convert to CMYK. To open an image, just seek or drop the image file into Photoshop or click on File(from main menu bar), and click on open. Then just select the images and open that. The image will be open with all the available tools on your Photoshop version.

Then follow the instructions below to change the color format.

Click on ‘Edit’ from menu bar, then click on ‘Convert to Profile…’ from bottom of the option.
You will see a popup color setup page/menu. Then set your desired setting on the page. Normally, to only change the format before work, just follow and keep use setting like:
Adobe Space/ Profile: Adobe RGB 1998
Destination Space/ CMYK: Working CMYK – U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2

Conversion Option:
Engine: Adobe (ACE)
Intent: Relative Colonmetric

Leave marked: Use Black Point Compensation and Use Dither

You can see the screen shot below to get help to set it up like:

you could follow this screenshot steps to convert an image to cmyk

Make sure your settings are same or what you/your-print-company require, then click on OK. Now Save. That’s it.

If you followed and did all steps then you will see your image file goes to CMYK color format.
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Hope this tutorial works to you and successfully you changed your images color format to CMYK. Please visit us back for more Photoshop Recipe. Comments are welcome!