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‘Out of Gamut’ Warning

Engaged ,
Jan 23, 2018 Jan 23, 2018

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Quick question;

Why does the ‘Out of Gamut’ Warning appear only on RGB? My understanding was this was out of the gamut to what can be produced with ink or within CMYK anyway – So, for me, this has nothing to do with RGB so why does it appear here?

RGB:

CMYK:

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LEGEND , Jan 23, 2018 Jan 23, 2018

Gamut warnings apply ONLY when you work in RGB. They show you colours that can’t convert to identical CMYK. So you could never see a gamut warning if you’re already in CMYK. If converting to (or printing) CMYK definitely isn’t in your future the warnings can be ignored.

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Jan 23, 2018 Jan 23, 2018

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Your post makes no sense to me. Would you care to clarify it with details?

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Engaged ,
Jan 23, 2018 Jan 23, 2018

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Sorry i was suppose to include images

here you can see RGB is giving me a out of gamut warning;

1.JPG

But CMYK isn't;

2.JPG

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LEGEND ,
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Gamut warnings apply ONLY when you work in RGB. They show you colours that can’t convert to identical CMYK. So you could never see a gamut warning if you’re already in CMYK. If converting to (or printing) CMYK definitely isn’t in your future the warnings can be ignored.

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New Here ,
Oct 10, 2020 Oct 10, 2020

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wow, this answer is very clarifying. Thanks!

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Made sense to me

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Community Expert ,
Jan 23, 2018 Jan 23, 2018

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Hi Charles:

It looks like you tried to post screen shots, but they didn't appear. You can drag screen shots into a reply or use this button:

JIVE Add screen shot to reply.png

Are you starting with HEX colors? If so, this article may be helpful.

https://indesignsecrets.com/the-swatch-panels-stealth-feature.php

~Barb

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Community Expert ,
Oct 11, 2020 Oct 11, 2020

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I believe you can get a gamut warning in Photoshop IF you convert to CMYK in one profile but preview in another, wider-gamut CMYK profile (however slight the difference may be). For example, I converted an image using the default SWOP 2 profile and previewed the color with a FOGRA27 profile--lots of out-of-gamut areas. (I keep my images in RGB, so this isn't normally an issue for me.)

David Creamer: Community Expert (ACI and ACE 1995-2023)

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New Here ,
Oct 03, 2021 Oct 03, 2021

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weird question: why does photoshop try to tell me my image is out of gamut when it's a scanned image?

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