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JPEG shows as RGB despite being made in CMYK mode

New Here ,
May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022

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Hi,

I'm preparing some artwork for print, and selected CMYK when I started the document in Ps. 

When I save my artwork as a JPEG, and inspect the file in Finder (Get info) to double check it says 'Colour space - RGB' and 'colour profile - sRGB'.

Should I disregard this, or is the file not actually in CMYK ?

 

I checked the Document mode is CMYK and I checked the channels panel. I'm very confused. 

 

 

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Community Expert , May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

Export As is not the same thing as Save As (Save a Copy).

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May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022

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Unless you're going to a specific and defined printing condition, NEVER start or work in CMYK. 

You probably exported the CMYK doc which converted it to sRGB. But you don't want to be dealing with CMYK in the first place. 

Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management/pluralsight"

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May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022

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Keep this notification set to show "document profile". It's infinitely more useful than whatever it shows by default. I'd feel blindfolded without this:

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May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

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Export As is not the same thing as Save As (Save a Copy).

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May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

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Please set the Status Bar to »Document Profile« and post meaningful screenshots. 

How exactly did you create the jpg (Save As, Export, …)? 

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Dec 20, 2023 Dec 20, 2023

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If you want it to stay in CMYK (if you're printing), then instead of export, click Save a Copy and then select JPEG as the file type. If you do Export, it will always change it to RGB for some reason. 

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Dec 20, 2023 Dec 20, 2023

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If you do Export, it will always change it to RGB for some reason. 


By @Marko34383513pwue


The reason is that Export As is for screens and devices, similar to the Export > Save for Web (Legacy) feature, by design it removes metadata and converts to RGB to produce optimised data for displays.

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