Get Moving, Get Noticed!
Tel: 602.253.3332
345 N 15th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85007

Changing your document color mode in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator

How to change the working color space in Photoshop and Illustrator

This will be helpful if you are given a file and need to change its working color mode.

As a designer you are not always given a file in the correct color mode. For instance if you are given a GIF and want to work on it in Photoshop it will open in Index and you won’t be able to use filters or adjustment layers, or if you are in Illustrator you may need to change video (RGB) artwork to a print format (CMYK) and need to change the documents working color mode.

Changing your color mode in Adobe Photoshop (Created with Photoshop CC)

If you have been given a file and need to change the color mode. Such as if you have a RGB file and need it in CMYK, or if it’s an index color mode and you need to use the adjustment layers.

Change Color Mode in Adobe Photoshop
  1. Go to Image > Mode, then select the color mode that you need.

Changing your color mode in Adobe Illustrator (Created with Illustrator CC)

In illustrator it is a little bit different to switch between RGB and CMYK color space.

Change Document Color Mode in Adobe Illustrator
Change Color Palette Working Mode
Change Color Palette Mode
  1. Go to File > Document Color Mode
  2. Select the Color Mode desired
  3. Go to your Color palette
  4. Select the menu and the desired working color space
  5. Check your objects ensuring that their color is accurate

Tip: When sending a document to the printer don’t use a 100% black if you want your blacks to be a rich black. Use a process black. For our printer we use a C: 60% M: 40% Y: 40% K: 100% but your printer may be different so look at their FAQs or contact them before sending to print.

Related:   Custom Car Wrap Design

To find out about pricing and ideas that can help jumpstart your business, give 1st Impressions a call at 602-253-3332 or email us here. We will be more than happy to assist you with creating a new car wrap or even printing and installing an idea and design that you already have in mind. We are here to assist you and help make your business grow, remember you only have one chance at a first impression, together, let’s make it memorable.

About the author: Dan Deary is president of 1st Impressions Truck Lettering, a 3M Certified Vehicle Wrap shop located in Phoenix, Arizona.

Here’s whats new!

Contact Info:

Call us or Contact Us from our online form.

1st Impressions Truck Lettering
1st Impressions Truck Lettering has been providing quality vehicle wraps in Phoenix, AZ since 1994. We take pride in wrapping cars, truck, vans and even buses with a very high focus on detail and quality workmanship, we are one of a limited number of 3M Certified Vehicle Graphics Installation facilities in Arizona and this allows us to provide a warranty on your installation backed by 3M.
345 North 15th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Phone: 602.253.3332

Sign up for our email newsletter!


Thanks for the awesome job wrapping our car, you guys did such a fantastic job, and fast!

Kim Hickle
Premier Orthodontics

Thank You!

Thank you for checking out our website and learning more about our vehicle wrap, and lettering services. Don't hesitate to call or email us with your questions. We will be happy to answer them, and help you make an informed decision about your marketing needs.