I'm working on a full color piece in Illustrator which has a few large black and grey areas.
I'd like the black to be a rich black. I was thinking c30 m30 y30 k100. What is the best ways to match my gray areas?
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Talk to the production house and ask them what rich black they prefer. There is no single rich black every print provider uses. Each print provider has their own formula for a rich black. And, in many cases, the print provider may want simply 100% K and they will adjust the black to match their own environment. Therefore, the best option is to ask the print provider how they like rich blacks handled.
There are a couple ways to handle tints of the rich black.
Coming from a print background I can tell you that the
This will give you the best black. If you are sending to an
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Also on grey the printer will always use all of the colors to print grey, it will never use only black ink. This is to retain detail in the grey areas. I would make sure that you are adding a little more cyan or magenta to make the greys cooler or warmer depending on the look you are after.