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If I export my document (which contains a lot of photos) in CMYK, do I also need to have the color panel set to CMYK? Does it matter or will it all be in CMYK anyway if exporting it in CMYK? I am exporting to publish it on paper in a KDP paperback.

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Hi Pdh,

Provided the colour profile of the document is CMYK and embed ICC profile is ticked when you export your document should export as CMYK.

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The colour profile is actually RGB and then I export it as CMYK. So my question is do I have to have the colour profile set as CMYK? Will this cause problems if the colour profile is set as RGB and I export as CMYK?

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I dunno without trying it and I'm away from the computer awaiting the teapot to boil...

I would never design an intended print job using an rgb document myself.

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Yes, I did export in pdf/x-1a2003.

There is some variation that happens with the black and white photos when they are printed. Is it caused by the color profile being RGB and export being CMYK? I dunno but I guess I will change the colour profile to CMYK and re-upload the file to KDP just to be safe. Doesn't sound like it will cause any further issues by doing that.

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15 minutes ago, pdh said:

Yes, I did export in pdf/x-1a2003.

There is some variation that happens with the black and white photos when they are printed. Is it caused by the color profile being RGB and export being CMYK? I dunno but I guess I will change the colour profile to CMYK and re-upload the file to KDP just to be safe. Doesn't sound like it will cause any further issues by doing that.

Text that is 100% black may convert to a cmyk mix. So check that.

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I've noticed a similar thing. An RGB picture in a CMYK document exports as RGB with PDFX4 if ICC Profile is "Use Document profile" . If the ICC Profile is changed from "Use Document profile" to a CMYK profile (FOGRA39 etc) it converts to CMYK. I'm not too sure about using these settings correctly so maybe I've made a mistake.


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