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Chapter 8. Color Correction > RGB: Don't Leave Home Without It

RGB: Don't Leave Home Without It

Hands down, I choose to work in RGB mode and convert to CMYK later. Even though you have to be a bit more careful working in RGB, I've found that the benefits far outweigh the bit of extra effort you need put out to work in that mode. I switch to CMYK when I consider my image complete, or when I need to do one of the few things that isn't possible in RGB mode—like creating a black-only shadow (although I'll show you how to get around that in the Channels chapter).

Let me show you why RGB should be your mode of choice, and then I promise we'll get on with actual color correction. Open a color image, choose Image > Duplicate, and then change the mode of the duplicate—you want one to be in RGB and the other in CMYK mode. Move them so you can easily see both at the same time and they don't overlap.


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