Color Settings for Printing Press
Hi there Photoshop Gurus,
I've been having issues with the colors of my Photoshop designs not being printed correctly by the printing press of my publisher, and I would very much appreciate it if any of you could help me out.
Let me start by saying that while I know my way around Photoshop to some extent, I am most certainly not a veteran. I'm definitely still a novice. Therefore I'm assuming that I most likely must have been doing something wrong.
Alright, I work as a freelance translater and was recently hired to translate two books, for which I also had to personally design the cover. I have designed these covers just the way I wanted to in Photoshop, and even when saving them as .PNG files and uploading them to my publisher, they look great and maintain their correct colors.
However, when I ask my publisher for a concept image of how my designs will look when they're actually being printed, the colors change dramatically. Full black turns into some kind of dark green, and dark red becomes purple. Which is very frustrating as I obviously do not want these books to be published like that.
Now I have done some research myself and know that the colors between my display monitor and a printing press are different. If I remember correctly, my monitor uses RGB, whereas a printing press uses CMYK (might have those mixed up), so I figured that perhaps there lies the issue.
I have been in contact with my publisher regarding this issue, and what they told me was that all I had to do was save them as .PNG files with RGB/8 colors, and that the color would definitely be printed correctly that way. Unfortunately, however, the color mode in Photoshop had been set to RGB/8 bit from the beginning, so that can't be it.
Below I will provide you with some screenshots to illustrate my point.
My design of the first book looks like this:
As you can see, the background is full black. However, once printed, it looks like this:
The color comes out as some sort of dark green. Unfortunately this doesn't come through all that well in the picture, but as you can see compared to the other book, it's far from black.
My design of the second book looks like this:
As you can see, a nice dark red background. However, this is what the print concept looks like from my publisher:
It's suddenly purple.
Finally, I will provide you with a screenshot of the Color Settings in which both these designs were made, and a screenshot of the image mode.
If any of you could tell me what it is exactly that I'm doing wrong here, or how I can make sure that my colors will be printed correctly, please enlighten me. I would very much appreciate that.
And of course, I would be more than happy to provide you with any further information if necessary.
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