CMYK or RGB?



  • @Coreyartus oh wow thank you so much for this info - it really explains a lot of the "problems" I've been having with color while working in ProCreate! I super noticed the difference between P3 and looking on a screen literally anywhere else and I'm super glad to know what the problem is now!



  • @Coreyartus Thank you so much! This is very helpful and informative!



  • if you are sending the file to a printing service, ask them what they prefer. Many printing services prefer RGB as their RIP will convert the file properly for their workflow. Sending a CMYK file when they need RGB can change the colors for your final print.



  • @Coreyartus Thank you! Super helpful!!



  • So I actually had a similar question a while back and @Coreyartus helped a lot with the info.

    @chrisaakins I actually just finished a chapter book illustration fully on Procreate using the "sRGB IEC61966-2.1" color profile and converted it to CMYK in Photoshop. Unfortunately, I'm still learning so many of the layer blending modes in Procreate translated very differently on Photoshop (and in this particular project, I used a lot of blending modes) so it did take me a lot of time to fix it in PS while maintaining the layers.

    If you flatten out these layers and convert it to PSD CMYK, it works pretty well, but independently the layers act wonky.

    It wouldn't have been so much trouble if the client had just asked for JPGs but they wanted the PSDs as well (as many publishers would).

    Anyone else had this problem before with translating Procreate blending modes to Photoshop?


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    @Neha-Rawat I've seen that exact lament from a lot of Procreate users on the Procreate forums. You're not alone. I fear the export system from Procreate to Photoshop still has a lot of bugs to be worked out. I hear about export problems all the time, and that layers just don't translate well.

    They've released the beta for the next update to Procreate to some favored users privately (right now it's called Version 5x). Notably, Nikolai Lockertson (who is a well known Procreate advocate very friendly with the company) did a livestream for LiteBox that featured some of the new features they're working on, and some people have already tried parsing it out to predict features.

    I'm personally hoping they actually address the "export to Photoshop" issues that a lot of people keep running into. I myself have had issues sometimes. It's like the layer settings are all off and have to be redone, the layer thumbnails become impossible to read, and I even sometimes have to re-set the blend modes entirely because they don't export over at all and I get multiple layers of "normal". And sometimes they're out of order! It's really really frustrating. You're not the only one. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It really needs to stop being a gamble... <sigh>



  • @Coreyartus Ok that's a little comforting to know that it's not me who's totally screwing up the process and a little annoying that the feature is not already foolproof. Which is making me consider investing in a cintiq because I don't want to do double my workload because of Procreate but I also love the onscreen experience 🤔


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    @Neha-Rawat You could try Sidecar, maybe? To connect your iPad directly to your Mac computer and use Photoshop? That's part of what it's there for. It works better if you turn off all the other programs you're running, and don't use the Bluetooth option to link them, but in the end you get a close approximation to a Cintiq. I can't use it because the Photoshop interface takes up so much of the on-screen real estate of my iPad, it feels like I'm drawing on a playing card... <sigh> But it might not feel that way for you.

    Of course, that option wouldn't work if your computer is a PC. Sidecar won't work.

    I'm also thinking I need a Cintiq soon. I just need a bigger screen, and want to draw more with my whole arm. I love the iPad dearly, but I am drooling over the larger 24"/32" screens... Someday. 🙂



  • @Coreyartus I wasn't aware of Sidecar. Thanks! I'll check it out! 🙂



  • @Coreyartus Thanks so much for this! It's so informative and answers so many questions that I have since learning procreate!


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