I have been wrestling with a dilemma - I have been researching getting some short run blank greetings cards made (note UK based) and my current normal workflow I stick with sRGB because I only post on the web or get prints made by labs that have the Fuji Frontier, both AFAIK use sRGB for the output profile.
My dilemma or should I say angst is that all commercial printers use CMYK, now it is my understanding that there is loss of colour when switching from sRGB to CMYK profile and I surmise that getting a proof each time will be costly *but* I read a comment that inkjet printers are CMYK. Is that correct? Yes, I know they print dots but have never considered that they are CMYK ~ am I missing the obvious!
So, my humble Epson Photo 900 (black & 3 colour carts in it) gives me an acceptably accurate print when I compare it to the same image printed on the Fuji Frontier and my screen ~ I can see the differences but it looks good.
Therefore, can I take the leap of faith that if I save my print ready image file with a CMYK profile and get a 4 colour process commercial printer to print the cards I will get a good rendition of the colours I see on the screen.
A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing but it would be good to get some reassurance of the steps I need to take to get a good greetings card printed.
And in respect of working with/towards the CMYK profile just what is the best way to do this - when I get to the 'save as' stage in PSCS2 the only tick box I have is to embed the sRGB profile, the ref to CMYK is greyed out. I have not ventured into the "Color Settings" dialogues, is there a specific setting that gives me the option to select the CMYK option at the 'save as' point rather than the sRGB ?
Sorry to have made that longwinded and I hope you can guide me through this quagmire