How to Check if an Image is RGB or CMYK in Photoshop CS6

Are you creating an image for a client or for a project, and that image needs to be in a specific format? For example, if you are creating something that is going to be printed on physical media, then the printing company is likely requesting the image to have a CMYK color profile. Due to the way that objects are printed there are limits to the colors that can be used. CMYK images tend to print much more predictably than RGB.

But if you aren’t sure which format your image is using, then you might be trying to figure out how you can tell. Our guide below will help you find this information for a picture that you are currently editing in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

How to See the Color Profile for a Picture in Photoshop CS6

The steps in this guide were performed in Adobe Photoshop CS6, but the process is similar in most other current versions of Photoshop.

Step 1: Open your picture in Photoshop CS6.

Step 2: Click the Image tab at the top of the screen.

check if picture is rgb or cmyk in photoshop

Step 3: Select the Mode option. Your current color profile is displayed in the rightmost column of this menu. The picture that I have open in Photoshop below has an 8-bit RGB color profile.

how to check color profile in photoshop cs6

If you want to change color profiles, you can do so by clicking the Edit tab at the top of the screen, then selecting the Convert to Profile option. This will display the menu below, where you can choose the settings for your color profile conversion.

convert color profile in photoshop cs6

Note that you are also able to switch between color profiles by selecting a different one that what is checked in Step 3 above. However, you may experience changes in colors and shades if you do so. If you are going to change a picture’s color profile, it’s a good idea to save the original version first in case you don’t like the resulting changes.

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