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hello,

lately im opening a CMYK file, it is in color mode of CMYK,

and still:

my palette of color swatches at RGB!!

how can it be?

ans what do i do to fix it?

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that's a colour mode, not a document profile. document profiles are here:

profiles1.png

or here, in less obfusticating terms, in the old style window:

profiles2.png

every new document is derived from a document profile whether you know it or not, and every document profile already has a colour mode. thus if you pick a document profile based on Print (CMYK), or change the settings to Custom after picking one based on it, you're using a document with swatches defined in CMYK, even if you change the colour mode to RGB.

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swatches in RGB instead of CMYK

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hello,

lately im opening a CMYK file, it is in color mode of CMYK,

and still:

my palette of color swatches at RGB!!

how can it be?

ans what do i do to fix it?

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Correct answer by Doug A Roberts | Adobe Community Professional

that's a colour mode, not a document profile. document profiles are here:

profiles1.png

or here, in less obfusticating terms, in the old style window:

profiles2.png

every new document is derived from a document profile whether you know it or not, and every document profile already has a colour mode. thus if you pick a document profile based on Print (CMYK), or change the settings to Custom after picking one based on it, you're using a document with swatches defined in CMYK, even if you change the colour mode to RGB.

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When a document is created in CMYK, the swatches are also CMYK.

If a document is created as RGB and then converted to CMYK, the swatches are also converted to CMYK, however they retain the original swatch names.

Rather than going through the swatches and renaming and changing any color definitions, you could create a new CMYK document. Copy all the artwork from the first document and paste it into the new one. That way the document color mode and the swatch names will all be CMYK.

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but no!

i would not ask if it was that easy/

this is the problem:

new doc at cmyk, ans still- swatches at RGB!

another new doc- and still!

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what document profile are you using?

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CMYK

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How do you check if your swatches are RGB?

What do you see if you double click the black swatch in the Swatches panel?

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that's a colour mode, not a document profile. document profiles are here:

profiles1.png

or here, in less obfusticating terms, in the old style window:

profiles2.png

every new document is derived from a document profile whether you know it or not, and every document profile already has a colour mode. thus if you pick a document profile based on Print (CMYK), or change the settings to Custom after picking one based on it, you're using a document with swatches defined in CMYK, even if you change the colour mode to RGB.

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i am on cmyk...

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i think you are right (and thanks for that),

but - it mean that the custom file is , by default -or RGB- why?

is there a way to change it? (i use a lot of different sizes)

when i opened an A4 - from print only (?) - it received as CMYK.

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The document color mode is determined by the new document profile you use.

Usually when you select a profile from "Print" you will get a CMYK document.

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yes, thank you.

someone here already answers me 🙂

so, it mean that the custom file is , by default -or RGB? why?

is there a way to change it? (i use a lot of different sizes)

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What you see in the dialog when you create a new document is what you last used.

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btride  schrieb

lately im opening a CMYK file, it is in color mode of CMYK,

and still:

my palette of color swatches at RGB!!

How do you conclude that your swatches are RGB? Can you please show us screenshots?

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I am having a similar issue. Didn't have this problem before the last update. See my screen shot when I go to create a new document.  And no matter what my color swatches are defaulting to RGB. I design for print not the web, this is no good if I have to keep opening old documents deleting old stuff from that doc and resizing the art board. Screen Shot 2019-12-16 at 2.07.36 PM.png

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It should allow you to set your default to print. Yet I am not seeing that anywhere to change my default.

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You're doing it wrong. Don't use an RGB document profile. Use a document profile from the section named "Print". And then the warning sign will go away.

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I understand now that I must use the "Print" one. But how do I make that my default?

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The last one you used will always be the default fr the next file.

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I'm having this same issue. I open a new document and choose CMYK for my mode but when I open my swatches palette I find all the preset colors (that are normally there) are all RGB. How do you switch the swatches (preset) palette to CMYK without having to add every single new swatch in CMYK?

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Does the correct answer not help you?

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Sorry no. 😕

 

I'm now having the opposite problem (reversing CMYK preset swatches to RGB preset swatches... different computer/printer and needing RGB presets).

 

As you can see in my first screenshot I am in the Print mode and setting it to RGB. The second screenshot shows that I'm in RGB color mode but the last screenshot still shows CMYK preset color swatches. Is there a way to just change the swatches preset? 

 

Screenshot 1.JPGScreenshot 2.JPGScreenshot 3.JPG

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If you select a Print preset, you will get Print swatches.

If you decided that your Print preset should be in RGB, you will get Print CMYK Swatches that are converted to RGB.

Choose in the Color Panel menu CMYK  and choose any color swatch except White, you will see converted swatches. 

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