Converting a PDF to the CMYK colour model
Tags: howtos, latex
While preparing a conference paper submission, I initially struggled with converting my figures to
the CMYK colour model. In my first attempt, I used ImageMagick to
convert my figures manually, i.e.
convert image.jpg -colorspace CMYK image_cmyk.jpg. I soon
learned, however, that this does not always work. Namely, PNG files do not support this color
model. Another problem was the conversion of SVG files created in
Inkscape. While there is support for different colour
models (using ICC colour profiles), the Inkscape version installed on my computer at work did not
Before compiling Inkscape on my own, I luckily stumbled over the following Ghostscript magic:
gs -dSAFER -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -dNOCACHE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite \ -sColorConversionStrategy=CMYK -dProcessColorModel=/DeviceCMYK \ -sOutputFile=output.pdf input.pdf
This converts colours to CMYK and resulted in a PDF that was deemed acceptable by the conference submission system. In my case, I did not have to tune any parameters, but a colleague (using the same approach) had some problems with image resolutions. If you are plagued by similar problems, I strongly suggest taking a look at the Ghostscript documentation for output devices.
Good luck and may the colours be ever in your favour!