How to Change CMYK Values to RGB


Since colors in an image can appear differently on a computer monitor than in print, it is important for graphic designers to select the correct color mode. The two most popular color modes found in most graphic imaging programs include CMYK and RGB. According to "Quickstudy: Color Space," the CMYK color mode is represented by cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The RGB mode includes the primary colors red, green and blue. RGB numeric values range from 0 to 255, while CMYK values are represented by percentage from 0 to 100. These values are necessary for color conversion.

Things You'll Need

  • Graphic design software
  • Online color converter
  • Open the graphic design program and create a new document. Click "File," then "New" from the top drop-down menu and choose the appropriate document settings. A blank workspace should appear on the center of the screen.

  • Navigate to the color picker for changing the foreground or background color of the document. Click the color swatch for either option. A pop-up menu displaying the RGB and CMYK color values should appear. Since these values are directly observable by clicking the color swatch, it is not necessary to create a color filled shape or object on the workspace to retrieve these values.

  • From the "Color Picker" menu box, make a written note of the percentage values for CMY and K. For example, C = 1%, M = 99%, Y = 100%, K = 0%. These percentages must be entered into the online color converter to obtain the RGB values of the selected color.

  • Find an online CMYK to RGB color converter. Enter the CMYK percentage values for the selected color. Submit the information to display the RGB values.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of manually converting the values for individual colors, use the options in the graphic design software to record the values or to change the color mode of an entire image.
  • The converted values between CMYK and RGB will not be exact. The RGB value might yield a similar color in the same shade as the original, with little accuracy, but not the exact color.

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