Author Topic: Affordable RGB to CMYK program?  (Read 334 times)  

Offline CEMartin2

  • Status: Arthur C Clarke
  • *****
  • Posts: 2118
  • Gender: Male
  • Indiana
    • View Profile
    • Troglodad
Affordable RGB to CMYK program?
« on: June 23, 2016, 05:20:23 am »
I currently use Corel Photopaint X3 for my graphics needs. Alas, while I love the program and have used one variant or another of it for something like 20 years, it doesn't do CMYK. Which means when I get my covers back from a printer, the colors are wrong.

Does anyone know of an affordable, maybe even cheap conversion program? I don't want to switch to a different graphics program altogether. Just looking for something that will convert to CMYK.

KBoards.com

  • Advertisement
  • ***

    Offline unkownwriter

    • Status: Emily Dickinson
    • *******
    • Posts: 7521
      • View Profile
    Re: Affordable RGB to CMYK program?
    « Reply #1 on: June 23, 2016, 06:54:36 am »
    I saw a couple of things online that claim to be able to do this, but as I don't know what any of it means I can't say any would work. Here's the first result:

    http://www.rgb2cmyk.org/

    It looks like you upload the file, and it converts from that.

    I know you can do it in Photoshop (Elements, too) and GIMP. GIMP is free. I've never brought anything from another program in, though, so I can't say how that would work.

    Not much help, am I?

    Offline mythsnake

    • Status: Lewis Carroll
    • **
    • Posts: 153
    • Powdered Toast Land
    • Lurking and Learning
      • View Profile
    Re: Affordable RGB to CMYK program?
    « Reply #2 on: June 23, 2016, 09:12:35 am »
    Gimp requires a plug-in to do CMYK (Separate or Separate+), but I found them confusing and not very user friendly, even moreso than Gimp itself. I do my conversions in Photoshop CS2, and have little trouble moving projects back and forth between Gimp and PS. So long as Corel can save as a PS file, it should work just fine.

    Feathered Serpent Books | Website | Facebook

    Offline jasonbladd

    • Status: Jane Austen
    • ***
    • Posts: 288
      • View Profile
      • jasonbladd.com
    Re: Affordable RGB to CMYK program?
    « Reply #3 on: June 23, 2016, 11:08:53 am »
    I currently use Corel Photopaint X3 for my graphics needs. Alas, while I love the program and have used one variant or another of it for something like 20 years, it doesn't do CMYK. Which means when I get my covers back from a printer, the colors are wrong.

    Does anyone know of an affordable, maybe even cheap conversion program? I don't want to switch to a different graphics program altogether. Just looking for something that will convert to CMYK.

    I paid for Adobe Acrobat Pro and it did the job when it was time to publish with CreateSpace and IngramSpark (Lightning Source)

    Online ImaWriter

    • Status: Scheherazade
    • *****
    • Posts: 1282
    • Gender: Female
    • Canada
      • View Profile
    Re: Affordable RGB to CMYK program?
    « Reply #4 on: June 23, 2016, 11:09:34 am »
    I currently use Corel Photopaint X3 for my graphics needs. Alas, while I love the program and have used one variant or another of it for something like 20 years, it doesn't do CMYK. Which means when I get my covers back from a printer, the colors are wrong.

    Does anyone know of an affordable, maybe even cheap conversion program? I don't want to switch to a different graphics program altogether. Just looking for something that will convert to CMYK.

    I'm not sure if this will help, and if this is any different from earlier versions.  I've been using PSP for years as well, and recently upgraded from x5 to x8.  (I never pay attention to the popups when I close the program but they had an offer for x8 for around $24 even though you generally need at least 6 to upgrade. Anyway, I digress.)

    This is from the current manaul.

    Quote
    Although you cannot create images in Corel PaintShopPro using the CMYK model, you can produce color separations that can be printed on CMYK printers. There are two ways to do this: You can split the images into CMYK channels, or you can print color separation pages.

    CMYK channels are simply four separate grayscale images that represent the percentage and location of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black in the image. For more information about working with color channels, see Using color channels on page 679.

    When you print CMYK separations, CorelPaintShopPro prints a separate grayscale page for each primary color. You can then use these pages as color plates when working with a printing service. For more information about CMYK color separations, see Printing CMYK color separations on page776

    Again, not sure if that's of any use at all! 

    Offline Hudson Owen

    • Status: Scheherazade
    • *****
    • Posts: 1747
    • Brooklyn, NY
      • View Profile
      • Hudson Owen's Blog
    Re: Affordable RGB to CMYK program?
    « Reply #5 on: June 23, 2016, 11:36:01 am »
    I saw a couple of things online that claim to be able to do this, but as I don't know what any of it means I can't say any would work. Here's the first result:

    http://www.rgb2cmyk.org/

    It looks like you upload the file, and it converts from that.

    I know you can do it in Photoshop (Elements, too) and GIMP. GIMP is free. I've never brought anything from another program in, though, so I can't say how that would work.

    Not much help, am I?

    I don't think Elements does CMYK.  And you want to use a later version of PS (post PS5.5) if you want to make covers that will be acceptable to Kindle Direct Publishing.

    KBoards.com

    • Advertisement
    • ***