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Chapter 8. Understanding Colors and Chan... > Understanding the CMYK Color Mode

Understanding the CMYK Color Mode

The CMYK color mode is the color mode of paper and press. Printing presses (sometimes referred to a 4-color press) convert an image's colors into percentages of CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black), which eventually become the color plates on the press. One at a time, the plates apply color to a sheet of paper, and when all 4 colors have been applied, the paper contains an image similar to the CMYK image created in Photoshop. The CMYK color mode successfully takes an image from a monitor to paper.

Convert an Image to CMYK Color

Open an image.

Click the Image menu, point to Mode, and then click CMYK Color.

Photoshop converts the image into the CYMK color mode.


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