How To Change Color Mode In Illustrator

It can seem bothersome and difficult if your work or project requires you to switch between color modes constantly. You may also have to change the color mode if given a file with the wrong color mode. Regardless of the reason, Adobe Illustrator will make it easy for you to change the color mode.

Illustrator lets you change the document color mode, the object color mode, and the color panel color mode.  For Document Color mode, you can switch between the CMYK color mode and the RGB color mode. To change the color mode of the Color Panel, you can find many options, including RGB, CMYK, Grayscale, HSB, and more. It lets you change the object color mode into five color modes, which we will mention in our article.

Changing color modes in Illustrator is an easy and necessary-to-know task if you are a designer. Through our article, you will learn how to change the color mode of your document, object, or color panel. We will also discuss what color modes you can change these assets to. 

Changing Color Mode In Illustrator

You can change your document’s color mode to only two options, the CMYK and RGB, but you may have many options for objects and color panels.

Document Color Mode 

This is very simple and straightforward. 

  1. Go to the top menu and click on File > Document Color Mode. 
  2. It will show you the two options: CMYK Color and RGB Color. 
  3. Select the color mode you want to change to. 
  4. If you want to change your color mode for a print, select CMYK Color.

You can also refer to the following video for this method:

Object Color Mode

You can change an object’s color mode in two simple ways:

  1. Select the object and go to the color panel. Now change the color mode to whatever you find fit.
  2. Go to the menu on the top, and click Edit > Edit Colors. 
  3. Choose the color mode that you find the best.

You can change the color mode of an object to five different color modes. These include Grayscale, RGB, HSB, CMYK, and Web Safe RGB. 

Color Panel Color Mode

The colors in the color panel will show different ranges of color according to different hues in each color mode. Look at what you find the best by changing between these color modes. By default, your color palette will be in the same color mode as your document’s color mode.

First, go to your color palette to change your color panel color mode. Then click on the hidden menu on the top-right corner of the color panel, these are three straight parallel lines, and you will be able to find them. Then you can choose your desired color mode between Grayscale, RGB, HSB, CMYK, and Web Safe RGB. 


You may need to change your document’s color mode to CMYK color mode to print or to RGB for your project requirement; whatever it is, you can change it whenever you want while working on your project. We explained how Illustrator lets you change the color mode of your document, your color panel, and any object in your artwork.