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InDesign Color Picker Shows "RGB Color Space" and I don't want it to.

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This is driving me crazy. For years, when I work in InDesign and I use the color picker, it shows up in CMYK color space. I did something, I don't know what, and now, the color picker shows RGB color space. Does anyone know how to change this back????


I don't use Bridge and I'm not planning to start, I know how to convert colors from RGB to CMYK... I am not interested in that information. I simply want the program to behave as it has for the past 20 years or more, with CMYK as the default color space, specifically, to show the Color picker in the CMYK color space.

 

HELP PLEASE!

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None of the applications let you select a CMYK color field view. PS and AI do have an H view:

 

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InDesign Color Picker Shows "RGB Color Space" and I don't want it to.

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This is driving me crazy. For years, when I work in InDesign and I use the color picker, it shows up in CMYK color space. I did something, I don't know what, and now, the color picker shows RGB color space. Does anyone know how to change this back????


I don't use Bridge and I'm not planning to start, I know how to convert colors from RGB to CMYK... I am not interested in that information. I simply want the program to behave as it has for the past 20 years or more, with CMYK as the default color space, specifically, to show the Color picker in the CMYK color space.

 

HELP PLEASE!

Thanks!

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Correct answer by rob day | Adobe Community Professional

None of the applications let you select a CMYK color field view. PS and AI do have an H view:

 

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If you're referring to the Color panel, with no documents open, hold the cursor over the color ramp at the bottom and Shift + click to cycle through color models until it shows CMYK.

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Could you be confusing Photoshop and InDesign‘s Color Pickers? Photoshop and Illustrator have an HSB color view, and InDesign does not:

 

The InDesign Space View can be R, G, B, L, a, or b

 

Screen Shot 12.png

 

Photoshop has the added HSB view:

Screen Shot 13.png

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/how-do-i-achieve-the-same-hsb-colour-photoshop-in-indesign/m...

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Hi Rob,

Thanks for your reply.

I am definitely in InDesign and my color picker (when I double click on the foreground color in the toolbar) is displayed in RGB. I don't want it to be displayed in LAB color either. It used to be displayed in CMYK and I am trying to get back to that. I don't want to pick a color in RGB or LAB and then simply add a CMYK swatch... I want to see the color picker in CMYK so that when I am choosing the color I am already seeing it in (a simulated) CMYK version. Ahhh! it's driving me crazy.

 

As I mentioned. I opened up Bridge for the first time and I think it synched some color profile, but essentially wrecked the color settings that I was used to.  I just want everything in InDesign to function in a default CMYK mode like it used to. 

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InDesign’s Color Picker has not changed, its space view (the field of color you pick from) always been limited to the representations you get by clicking the R, G, B, L, a, or b radio buttons.

 

The color mode of the picked color depends on where your cursor is. If you insert your cursor in one of the C, M, Y, or K fields, the Add Swatch button will read Add CMYK Swatch, and that will be the color mode of the picked swatch.

 

The Color Panel also has a color field to pick from and if you set the panel’s mode to CMYK the field will be limited to a CMYK palette:

 

Screen Shot 9.png

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InDesign doesn’t have a document color mode, you can create RGB, Lab, or CMYK colors and swatches and use them within the same document. The Document Setup lets you choose an intent, but that doesn’t stop you from mixing color modes, it simply sets up the initial color mode of the default swatches to either RGB or CMYK

 

 

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I think it synched some color profile, but essentially wrecked the color settings that I was used to.

 

The Color Settings’ Working Profiles or the document’s assigned color profiles (Edit>Assign Prodiles...) has no affect on the Color Picker’s or Color panel’s function. You can mix color modes within the document no matter what color settings you choose.

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Hi Mary,

 

Thanks for reaching out. In addition to Rob's great response, I'd recommend checking out help article https://helpx.adobe.com/in/indesign/using/color-1.html#select_a_color_with_the_color_picker for more information about Color Picker in InDesign.

Hope it helps.

 

Regards,

Ashutosh

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I understand you want to use the Color Picker panel to select/create CMYK swatches.

And you are faced with an Add RGB Swatch button.

 

Well, just click into any of the CMYK % number windows.

Button will show Add to CMYK.

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Thank you for your reply. I would like the Color Picker to be displayed in CMYK so that when I am choosing a color, I am already looking at a CMYK model. I haven't been able to figure it out yet. 

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None of the applications let you select a CMYK color field view. PS and AI do have an H view:

 

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Hi, did you ever get this solved? I am having the same issue, I think something reset the last time my apps updated and I cannot figure out how to get the color picker back to CMYK view and it is also driving me crazy!

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As stated before, there are no way to show the Color Picker window in CMYK mode or (limited) color gamut.

Depending of your Color Settings for each defined color in HSB, RGB or Lab coordinates or component, there is an equivalent tint in CMYK. Therefore you open the Color Picker in a CMYK file select a color by any means and that becomes the CMYK tint to be used, when saved will be that same tint.

Open the Color Picker. Click inside any of the numerical windows for C, M, Y, or K. the button above shows save as CMYK. Thas's waht you are after?

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The screen capture above is from Photoshop—InDesign’s Color Picker has never had an HSB view. The best you can do is use the L view which has ROYGBIV running counter clockwise in the Space View.

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/how-do-i-achieve-the-same-hsb-colour-photoshop-in-indesign/m...

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