How to Convert a File to CMYK in Affinity Photo

Color is an important aspect of anyone’s designs and images. When your image is a regular file, it can look less vibrant and, in turn, changes how your image or design grabs someone’s attention. But you can fix this by converting the file to CMYK in Affinity Photo.

Converting your file is easy and isn’t a complicated process that could confuse you. Here is that process and what you need to do to get the best out of your image. You want your prints to be vibrant and beautiful.

How to Convert a File to CMYK in Affinity Photo

Converting your file is simple. You can do this with any of your designs or images as long as they aren’t a JPG or PNG (you will have to find a different way to convert these files). Just follow these simple steps, and you will be good to go:

  1. Open the document you want to convert.
  2. Go to “Document Setup” and open up that menu.
  3. Find the tab labeled “Color.”
  4. Go to “Color Format.”
  5. A drop-down menu will pop up. Change the default setting to “CMYK.”
  6. Confirm by pressing “Ok.”
  7. Adjust the color by pressing the “Color” menu at the top right-hand corner.
  8. Export the design or image.

When you’re changing the format of the color, sometimes this can affect the color within the image. You should always adjust the color after you have converted the file. The color will change and sometimes still have a muddy tone to it.

Understand that sometimes shades of color may look almost identical but may not stay the same. This happens when you convert a file, so you may not have the exact same color from the original image before it was in CMYK format.

Don’t just convert your file and think it will give you the best results. You will need to adjust the colors accordingly for the desired results when printing it out. Play with different settings to see which one is a perfect fit.

If you don’t want to do this every time, you can set your preferences to CMYK format in your document settings. Go to edit and then preferences, and you will be good to go to create your image or design.

Check The Printer Settings Too

You also want to check if your printer can support this type of formatting and what recommendations you should make for the best results. Each printer is different, so one setting may be good for one printer but not for another.

If you print with the wrong settings, you can get different colors than you wanted for your image. Some people mistake this for conversion, but it is the printer settings. Check the printer’s manual or settings for the correct CMYK settings.

Short Cuts To Each Menu

There are many shortcuts you can use instead of searching for the drop-down menu. Here are a few short cuts to help you when converting your file:

CommandShort Cut
Open DocumentControl + O
Document SetupControl + Shift + P
Save AsControl + Shift + S
ExportControl + Alt + Shift + S

These short cuts can help you get through the conversion process, and you can use them for later use as well! No need to search anymore.

The Benefits Of Converting Your Image

To the naked eye, converting your image may not look too different. But you will see these results when you print out your image. Here are some reasons why converting to CMYK formatting is beneficial:

  • Provides clearer pictures.
  • Adds color and vibrancy.
  • Great for posters.
  • Best used when making mass productions or something.
  • Provides an accurate depiction of what will be printed.

You want to ensure that you accurately print the picture on the screen. When you convert your file, you can now see what it will look like. You won’t be surprised by the color of your image when it prints out differently.

You can leave the format in the default settings, but you may have an unclear and muddy picture than you intended. Converting to a CMYK will give you the accurate representation you need.


Converting any image or design to a CMYK format is easy and can be done quickly. It will show you what will be printed and how your image will look. It can also help you clear up any color dullness you may not realize would have been a part of your print if you hadn’t completed the conversion!