How to Apply a Color Profile

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When preparing a digital file to print on a commercial press, color conversion is a necessary step. This involves changing a file from one sort of RGB (i.e. sRGB, Adobe RGB (1998), ColorMatch RGB, etc.) to one sort of CMYK (i.e. SWOP, MP_color_date, etc.) We require that you use the U.S. Sheetfed Coated (v2) profile when designing files to be submitted to Groove House Records.

In all printing, and at some stage in the process, all files will convert to a printing color space (i.e. CYMK or grayscale). This happens whether you know it (as when printing with Groove House Records) or not (as when you send an RGB file to a desktop printer).

Remember that there may be a color-shift when converting from RGB, Pantone, Spot, Lab, Duotone, Tritone, or Index Color to CMYK.


Go to Edit > Convert to Profile:

Profile1 Ps

Then choose U.S. Sheetfed Coated v2, and click OK:

Profile2 PS


Go to Edit > Color Settings:

Profile1 IL

Choose Settings: Custom. Then under Working Spaces / CMYK, choose U.S. Sheetfed Coated v2 and click OK.

Profile3 IL