Looking for a tool (very low price or free) which will convert cmyk pdf's to rgb pdf's.

Posted on 2005-04-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-06
Looking for a tool (very low price or free) which will convert cmyk pdf's to rgb pdf's.  Reason: I using Paintshop Pro instead of photoship because it's much cheeper.  However, Jasc PSP doesn't  open cmyk pdf's correclty - it tints the colours slightly.  

Alternatively I'll settle for a way to fix the colours in PSP.

Question by:leos_
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    Remember that there is not a direct 1 to 1 translation from RGB to CMYK colorspaces, which is why both are still in regular use. Here's some good background on the process:

    I would take a look at The Gimp ( It rivals photoshop in power, and will open PDFs. Unfortunately, it does not have good CMYK support, but while you have to have a plug in to go from RGB -> CMYK, it may well open and convert CMYK to RBG without trouble. And it's free.

    If that does not work, the next cheapest way that I know will do the conversions you want is Jaws PDF Creator ( I am not sure if the Jaws PDF Editor will do it (it's cheaper), but you might check with them and see.

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    Thanks for the background info.

    Jaws Editor won't do it without creator, but reasonable price.

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    You're welcome. Thanks for the points and "A", and good luck with your project.

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