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Saving the image for four-color printing

Before you save a Photoshop file for use in a four-color publication, you must change the image to CMYK color mode in order to print your publication correctly in four-color process inks. You’ll use the Mode command to change the image color mode.

transformation.gif For more information on color modes, see “Converting between color modes” in Photoshop Help.

You can perform these tasks only in Photoshop. ImageReady does not have printing capability and uses only one color mode, RGB, for on-screen display.

  1. Choose Image > Mode > CMYK Color.
    • If you are using Adobe InDesign to create your publication, you can skip the rest of this process and just choose File > Save. InDesign can import native Photoshop files, so there is no need to convert the image to TIFF format.
    • If you are using another layout application, you must save the photo as a TIFF file.
  2. Choose File > Save As.
  3. In the Save As dialog box, choose TIFF from the Format menu.
  4. Click Save.
  5. In the TIFF Options dialog box, select the correct Byte Order for your operating system and click OK.

    The image is now fully retouched, saved, and ready for placement in a publication layout.

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