I'm currently creating a logo pack, I've designed the logo in RGB format and now I want to take into CMYK versions.
The problem I'm having is that when putting my RGB colour through an RGB to CMYK colour converter, the shown colour on the converter website looks right, but when taking it into illustrator, it is then turning the colour from a teal to blue?
The RGB colour is: #3E9E9F
1. How the colour looks fine in RGB
2. The colour loss when adding in the CMYK colour numbers which turns it blue, however on the converter website it does not show blue?
Do I have something set up wrong, or is there an easier way to do this?
What colour profile are you using? What colour profile is the online converter trying to simulate?
Just forget about those online converters.
The vast majority are just crap.
Yes, I'm quickly finding that out I must admit.
I was just trying to find a way to quickly and accurately convert my RGB logo designs to Printable CMYK files for clients to print without huge colour loss.
"Do I have something set up wrong, or is there an easier way to do this? "
Yes, just use color management.
Set up you Edit > Color Settings with a general preset for your region and use the cmyk values that you get when you enter the hex code in a CMYK document.
These online converters don't use color management and give totally wrong results.
Thanks for the help!
Although I just tried that, and although it looked fine on screen I just tried a test print to see if it worked and to print came out blue, unfortunately.
I think I need to find out a way to match a CMYK colour as close to my RGB teal as possible
You tried out? On your desktop inkjet printer?
You can't compare that to offset printing.
What will be the final production method?
Yeah I just tried out a quick at-home printer, which I know does not bear the same results, but it's showing up so far away from the intended colour.
I currently have no intent to print this, although I have always worked at a marketing company creating work for online-only use. Now I want to be able to offer a more well-rounded service so I'm creating a full bottom to top logo pack mockup. This is where the problems have popped up for me with the printing side of things annoyingly.
Basically you will have to learn about printing, color management, calibration and creating PDFs.
In order to set up colors: see that you get a printed swatches book suchas this: https://www.torso.de/Farbstandards/cmyk-Druckfarben/cmyk-Farbtabelle/Farbkarte-cmyk::680.html
This is not a recommendation, just to show you an example of how they look.
And then also set up color management correctly and use it for conversion. Then compare with printed samples.
Thankyou for that Monika, you've been a massive help to guide me in the right direction so that I can bring these packages together in the future.
I'll definitely be purchasing swatches book!
Have a great week.
You are actually working backwards. A really nice Teal is Pantone 326C. However, that is just my opinion based on looking at my Pantone Swatchbook ( which, by the way, is printed and therefore is reflective color ). Why start in Pantone swatch color? Because you can ( hopefully easily ) reliably convert to CMYK and RGB via a standardized, industry wide approach. Typical CMYK conversion is 94%C, 0%M, 43%Y, and 0%K. You might get slight deviates from Pantone+ Guide, so use Pantone's Color Manager to assist. RGB is a different story and typically is based on your Color Settings' profile. Which leads me to another point regarding creating color on a computer. What you see is probably not what you will get.