InDesign RGB to CMYK Problems


Question

I created an InDesign document (4 pages) that has various shapes that are different colors (yellow, green, etc.). The shapes are InDesign shapes (not imported graphics). We originally created the document to be exported as a PDF and shared online. The green shape color we used (a neon green) looks fine in RGB. However, when we try to export the document to CMYK (we decided that we need to be able to print the document on a CMYK printer also) the neon green color turns into a dark, forest green color. I'm pretty new to InDesign and I'm not sure how to replicate the neon RGB green to look the same in CMYK. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks.

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3/24/2015 11:55:00 PM

It's a known problem but there's is a way to control it and minimize the damages:

  1. Select your RGB color from the colors list and press "new color":

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  1. Double click on your new color, inside the new color change the mode to RGB, make sure you don't have the error message and control the RGB handlers until you get to the desired color:

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  1. Now you have 2 options, either replace the colors in the find and replace window (both objects and characters) or delete the old RGB color, and when you do that Indesign will ask you with what to replace it, and choose your new CMYK color. I recommend doing the last option, that way you have no doubt you changed each and every single place where the old color was.

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3/25/2015 7:55:00 AM

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