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tolis voskopoulos
RGB vs CMYK
on Jul 9, 2011 at 5:43:53 pm

hello
i make an animation on after effects.i found out that if i import cmyk illustrator files i get better quality on the colors.
what should i do?


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: RGB vs CMYK
on Jul 9, 2011 at 6:00:46 pm

After Effects just like all video apps works in RGB. When you import files from AI they should be RGB as well. Read about Color Management in between Adobe apps here:
http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/devnet/aftere...

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Todd Kopriva
Re: RGB vs CMYK
on Jul 9, 2011 at 7:56:29 pm

Also, layered Illustrator and Photoshop files need to be saved in RGB or Grayscale color mode for After Effects to import them as a composition and to separate the layers. CMYK, LAB, Duotone, Monotone, and Tritone color modes are not supported for layered files; After Effects will import a file that uses one of these color modes as a single, flattened image.

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tolis voskopoulos
Re: RGB vs CMYK
on Jul 10, 2011 at 11:35:28 am

it is a bit confusing.
i dont have the layer problem.all my layers remain the same and i can select and manipulate them individually.I import AI files with many layers each. there is no diference on that.
i use CS5 suite.
apart from that is there any special reason why i should NOT use CMYK?
i get brighter colors with CMYK


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Dave LaRonde
Re: RGB vs CMYK
on Jul 11, 2011 at 2:14:27 pm

[tolis voskopoulos] "...is there any special reason why i should NOT use CMYK?"

Have you tried rendering out a file yet?

The fact that you got a CMYK file to work AT ALL in AE is a minor miracle. It isn't designed to work with CMYK files, as Todd described above. To put it simply, if you use CMYK in AE, you're playing with fire. I can think of no AE user who knowingly uses CMYK.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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