Here is a quick MAD job I did earlier this month that just got posted on the MAD website. It’s obviously a parody of the movie poster for Disney’s “UP” featuring the Heene “Balloon Boy” hoax. I needed to approximate the look of the Pixar characters but with caricatures of Richard Heene and the kid.
The colors on this thing really got weird on me in CMYK. I’m not sure if that is something related to my upgrading to PhotoShop CS4 or not, but upon switching to CMYK everything became darker and much more purple, and it looks like it stuck when they switched back to RGB. Here’s a closeup of the dad:
The sky, for example, was much more bright blue than this darker, more magenta color. I started out using a high res image of the actual poster in RGB and then painted out the original characters, revised the clouds and prepared to paint in the new characters. Then when I switched to CMYK the weirdness happened. I tried to manipulate the color balance after but to little effect. I hate not having proper control over the look of something.
EDIT- Don’t misunderstand, I am far from a noob when it comes to digital imaging and printing. I have been dealing with CMYK and screen to print color shifts for over a decade now. Usually PhotoShop does a pretty good job when converting from a typical RGB color profile to a standard U.S. web coated SWOP v2 CMYK color space. In this instance the difference was more profound. I suspect it had something to do with the original downloaded “UP” RGB file I used as the basis of the illustration. Since it was a compressed JPG file, some of the color information was probably squeezed out of it and that made the conversion tougher, or perhaps the blue sky color was just so far out of the CMYK gamut that it was doomed from the start.
Here’s the original RGB poster image:
You can see how different the blue is. Now that I look at it again, I definitely think the issue was the original blue color being completely unattainable in CMYK/print.
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