CMYK color accuracy

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by pmind, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. pmind

    pmind Guest

    Can someone please explain...I have just created a solid color
    adjustment layer with the values of C=90, M=57, Y=0, K=0 (per customer
    instruction), however when I double click on the adjustment layer I
    see that the values have changed to C=91, M=61, Y=5, K=1. Every time I
    change the values to use only 2 colors, they change back as described.
    Must a certain number of the colors (say 3 or 4) contain a value in
    order to use CMYK? Is it possible to use only 2 colors? Does this
    situation have anything at all to do with the colors settings? I'm
    using CS on a PC if that matters at all. Thanks in advance. Paul
     
    pmind, Jun 20, 2007
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    Mike Russell Guest

    You're probably in RGB mode. Change your image to CMYK and the numbers
    will stay put.

    RGB mode does not directly store the CMYK values, and must convert them
    to and from RGB, which spreads the data into all four CMYK channels.
     
    Mike Russell, Jun 20, 2007
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  3. pmind

    pmind Guest

    Duh, indeed it does stay put; thanks Mike! I guess my head is still a
    little foggy from vacation!
     
    pmind, Jun 20, 2007
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    tacit Guest

    You are working in RGB, not CMYK. If you want to use specific CMYK
    values, work in CMYK.
     
    tacit, Jun 21, 2007
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