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    How to Apply a Color Profile

    When preparing a digital file to print on a commercial press, color conversion is a necessary step and should always be addressed.

    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 recommend that you use the U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2 profile when designing files to be submitted to Fine Line Silk Screening Ltd.

    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 Fine Line Silk Screening Ltd.) 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 > Assign Profile:

  • Then choose U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2, and click OK:

  • Illustrator

  • Go to Edit > Color Settings:

  • Choose Settings: Custom. Then under Working Spaces / CMYK, choose U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2 and click OK.