Which conversion process produces better results – RGB to CMYK or the other way around?

I’ve thought about this question for so long but I couldn’t think of a good way to phrase it to be searchable. So I decided to ask you guys, and I apologize if it’s a repeated question.

If I’m working on a document in Photoshop and I’m planning on displaying this design digitally and in print.

What’s better in this case, to create the document in RGB and convert the finished design to CMYK for print, or the other way around?

I’m primarily concerned with which process will cause less damage to the design colors or quality overall?


I always start in RGB in Photoshop, and generally in CMYK for Illustrator.

RGB for Photoshop so I have access to all functions and tools. I switch to CMYK when ready for press as the final step.. then check colors and adjust if needed.

CMYK for Illustrator, because I’m old school and if I’m working In AI, and something needs to go to the web, I copy/paste to Photoshop (RGB) and save it for the web. To me, Photoshop has always been better for web images.

I don’t know that one is absolutely “better” than the other. It’s more a matter of workflow preference than anything.

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