CMYK Color Profiles

Lucidpress allows for the utilization of both RGB (optimal for computers) and CMYK (optimal for print) color modes. This tutorial will teach you how to convert the elements of your documents from RBG to CMYK for proper color representation when printed.

If you're looking to print your document — whether at home or professionally — you probably have an idea of how you’d like the colors to show up on paper. You don’t want your yellows to look faded or your oranges to look brown. In order for colors to translate from your computer screen to a printer correctly, your document must be designed in what is known as the CMYK color scheme.

CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, and key — the four inks used in color printing. When working on a document in the CMYK color mode, the colors on your screen may appear slightly different than how they will appear on paper, but never fear, the CMYK values remain true to your intended color upon being printed.

Read on to learn how to utilize CMYK to ensure your document prints exactly as intended.

Lucidpress documents are in RGB by default, but you have the option to select individual elements of your design to be in CMYK. Sound confusing? It’s really quite simple. See for yourself by following this step-by-step instruction:

  1. Select a text box, image, shape (or anything else) in your Lucidpress document.
  2. Click on the colored box in the Context Pane of the editor.
  3. Click “CMYK”, select your desired color, and then click out of the box.

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Note: If your Brand Colors are already CMYK by default (determined by your team’s admin), then you do not need to manually select CMYK every time.

Once your document is complete, you’ll need to apply a color profile to ensure the conversion from RGB to CMYK is seamless. A color profile is a special set of conversion instructions that are applied to your PDF or JPEG file.

  1. While in the editor, click File > Download As.
  2. Select PDF, PNG, or JPEG, and click on the drop down for "Color Profiles."
  3. Choose a CMYK color profile (“U.S. Web Coated [SWOP] v2” is commonly used).
  4. After filling out the rest of the from, click “Download.”

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Your new PDF, PNG, or JPEG file will now be saved on your computer in CMYK, print-ready.

Some at-home printers market a variety of features as "CMYK" support, but they are not all the same and do not follow a consistent set of instructions. If you have any questions about how to print in CMYK, contact your printer's manufacturer (HP, Brother, etc), explore their website, or send your file to a print shop for a single printing.

As an admin of a team account, you can designate your brand colors to default to CMYK.

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Simply open your Brand Assets window (see above), click on a color, and designate its value in CMYK.

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This will prevent users from having to manually select CMYK every time they select one of the brand colors in the context pane of their editor.