How to Convert From RGB to CMYK

by Farrah Davis Images

RGB is the standard model for computer monitors in which red, green and blue are added together to create a full-color light spectrum. CMYK uses cyan, magenta, yellow and black pigments to create the full-color spectrum. CMYK is the standard four-color process for offset printing. Unfortunately, some printers are not compatible with RGB color image files. If your printer will not accept RGB images and you need to convert it to the CMYK format, you can convert your file in minutes online, without downloading or purchasing any software. Most graphics-editing software programs can also convert RGB files to the CMYK mode.

Step 1

Go to the RGB-to-CMYK Converter (see Reference).

Step 2

Select the "Browse" button next to the upload file field.

Step 3

Select the file you wish to convert and then select "Open."

Step 4

Select output format and then "Send File."

Download the file once the file has been converted and saved in desired file location.


  • Most graphics-editing programs, including Adobe Photoshop, can easily convert RGB files to CMYK.


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About the Author

Farrah Davis began her writing career in 2010. She has worked for Harley Ellis Deveraux and Green Dinosaur as an environmental consultant project manager, writing environmental plans for commercial projects. She graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in interior architecture and a focus on environmental studies.

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