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Changing Color Modes

A Photoshop document always begins with a specific color mode. An image taken with a digital camera, and then opened in Photoshop would most likely be in the RGB color mode. A photograph scanned on a high-end drum scanner would most likely be in the CMYK color mode. If you are creating a Photoshop document from scratch, the color mode chosen would represent the eventual output of the document, such as a Web page, inkjet printer, or a 4-color press.

Unfortunately, images do not always arrive in the correct format. For example, you take several photographs with your digital (RGB) camera, but the images are being printed on a 4-color (CMYK) press, or you want to colorize a grayscale image. Changing color modes is a snap, but changing the color mode isn't the struggle, it's when you change the color mode and what it does to the image that's important.


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