Questions about CMYK; short for cyan, magenta, yellow and key(black). It's the colour process and model used for colour visualisation in colour printing. Ask anything relevant to graphic design about the CMYK colour model.

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Why are my printed colors duller than expected?

Basically, I've designed a booklet on Photoshop CC. It's an informational booklet so it's quite vibrant with lots of colours and pictures in it. I've finished it and exported all the files into PDF ...
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Pantone/CMYK color book guide? [duplicate]

I am a graphic designer and I wanna buy a Pantone colour guide book, the pair one for coated and uncoated colours which compares the Pantone color with its CMYK version?Any advise which pait is the ...
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Fix colors after or before rgb to cmyk conversion

When I convert from RGB to CMYK in Photoshop as you know colors change saturation and maybe some hue. So basically what the title asks, does it matter when I adjust the colors and saturation via ...
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Why are my converted CMYK blacks coming out grey?

I'm having a rather annoying problem! I have RGB images made in Photoshop that I need to convert to CMYK. When I save the file my black background is converted to a light grey! I tried deleting my ...
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How I can achieve this (light) effect in CMYK illustrator/Photoshop? [closed]

I want an identical effect for the background done in either Photoshop or Illustrator but I want it print ready that means in CMYK. Ideally I would like the design to be in Illustrator but I think I ...
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How to achieve contrast in a black-on-black design

I'm trying to achieve a black-on-black design on a business card. See link here: AHC 180 Youth Ministry Business Card. The large black arrow and the grunge splotches are a rich black of 40-40-40-100, ...
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CMYK color related to RGB / hex - different online than in Adobe [duplicate]

I'm working in a palette where for each color I have: - hex value - rgb value - cmyk value I was working with online tools like http://www.color-hex.com/ The thing is, for the same rgb/hex value I ...
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CMYK Print - Jpg colours changing between Mac OS and Windows

I am a designer working on Mac OS X - I have created a CMYK .jpg graphic for print using InDesign. I printed it out and the colours appeared as expected. I sent this graphic to my account manager - ...
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RGB conversion in InDesign

I have a problem with RGB and CMYK colors in InDesign. I created a document that uses CMYK color profile (Coated FOGRA39) and used RGB(255, 66, 0) which was converted automatically to CMYK color. ...
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What kind of white should I use when designing for CMYK print? [duplicate]

What value should I use for white in Indesign? I'm also wondering if I should use a white Background on every page when I want the background to be printed white?
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Changing colour modes Illustrator

I'm finalising a logo in illustrator, saving out different file types to deliver to the client. So I want to give an RGB and CMYK version. It was originally designed on an RGB artboard. Is converting ...
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How to get close to PMS 662 or PMS 296 in CMYK?

Basically I am trying to achieve Navy color or PMS 662 or PMS 296 with CMYK and having trouble. This will be used on Dye Sublimation print. Is there any recommendation on how I should do with CMYK. ...
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Mismatched CMYK Values

I have a strange problem with Illustrator. The company I am working with has a stock hex colour - #0074aa (1). According to online conversion sites, this hex code translates to the CMYK of: C: 100 ...
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Converting RGB bitmap to CMYK, colour profiles

My question is related to this one: What's the point of converting RGB images to CMYK TIF/TIFF before placing them in InDesign? I am preparing some artwork in Illustrator, which contains some ...
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How do I simulate in Photoshop what a piece will look like when printed on non-white paper?

I'm designing a box in Photoshop that will be offset printed on unbleached paper. I haven't picked out a printer yet, so I don't know the exact kind of paper I'll be using and don't have access to it ...
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Different shades of black in Photoshop and InDesign

I'm currently putting together a CD cover, and haven't been working that much with printing, so CMYK tends to confuse me a bit. I'm going to place a logo inside a frame in InDesign. I added the exact ...
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Rich black : faded gray appears colored

I have a question about using rich black for a print document. In InDesign, I set a rich black color for the background (0/80/0/100), and I need to set a faded round gray shape, with an opacity around ...
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What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print?

my question is what kind of black should I use when printing. At the moment I use this black (split into CMYK) : C:0% M:0% Y:0% K:100% It looks fine in InDesign or Illustrator but if I save a PDF ...
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What is standard colour of squares or lines printing on paper/notebook?

Are there standard colours of squares or lines printed on a paper? Or I can choose gray, green or blue CMYK colours and ask printing company to print squares in my particular colour?
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Is there a freely available CMYK color chart that I can print on press and work with?

After reading the answers to my previous questions, How does a monitor display the CMYK color? Is it actually showing the true CMYK color? I'm very much convinced that I need to profile my monitor if ...
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Visible Grid appearing in Image in PDF [duplicate]

I have a .pdf that I am trying to send to our printer which has a few color images in the manuscript. These few high resolution images are appearing to have a weird grid in them that was not present ...
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Would print in CMYK with 30%C and 100%Y turns out green or yelow-ish color?

I have created business card design in photoshop and used RGB for making a design, but i know that most of the printers and stores for printing use CMYK for printing. In few cases when it was digital ...
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Krita - compose CMYK from separated layers after editing

Using Krita 2.9, Linux or Windows 8: I open a flat RGB image in Krita, and change its color space to CMYK using SWOP profile. Then I separate the image into its C, M, Y, and K components. At this ...
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How to convert grayscale bitmap to one CMYK color in Photoshop?

How do you convert a grayscale bitmap a to one CMYK color in Photoshop for printing, eg. C61, M41, Y58, K16 green?
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Does it matter that a CMYK image I upload changes colors?

I just finished a print shop for a coffeemachine, there will be around 1000 unit prints I have one stupid question, and I'm kinda scared: When I export it as cmyk it looks good on my screen but when ...
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Photoshop's spot-color channel mixing method

Photoshop seems to have a special mode for blending spot-color channels. Let's look at an example: blending full opacity red #ff3c1f with full opacity cyan #1cd4c6. If I create two spot-color ...
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Convert Pdf from RGB to CMYK, keeping font color 100% K in Illustrator

How can I convert Pdf from RGB to CMYK, keeping font color 100% K while working in Illustrator? When I try to open the document in Illustrator and I convert to CMYK the black text converts to rich ...
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Printer wants me to make sure the barcode is “100% black ink (K) on a white background”

This is what he wrote: Please change barcode so it is 100% black ink (K) on a white background. (A barcode can look black in the proof, but can be built as 5% Cyan, 5% Magenta, 5% Yellow, 85% K ...
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How should you design/set colors/export a document with 'equal' colors both on screen and print?

What's the best approach to create a document that is both suited for digital viewing (Monitor, iPhone, etc.) and for print? I'm creating some personal branding, which includes an invoice that will ...
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Please help, how to do off registration in Illustrator CS6?

I am trying to do an assignment and I need to do off registration. I cannot figure out how to get into the channels so I can move the colors to be off register. I can only figure out how to get into ...
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Which color space should be used for a logo? [duplicate]

I'm currently designing a logo in CYMK (in Illustrator CS6). The logo will be used in digital printing, web and for business cards. Is it correct to use CYMK or would it better to use colors from ...
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Converting CMYK PDF to RGB

Is there a simple way I can achieve this? I seem to be struggling to get a straight answer on this from searching on Google and other forums. Or is the only option to open my InDesign file and ...
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Can you design print material with the intent to use LC and LM?

When printing material that will include photos it is best to use Lc and Lm (Light Cyan and Light Magenta) to aid in the quality of the print. The description from Wiki says: CcMmYK, sometimes ...
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What 4c process blend best represents a yellow highlighter?

I'm creating a letter and want to include a highlighted section, I'm trying to find the best CMYK blend that represents that when printed.
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How to present a print project to a client?

I'm a self-taught designer and now I'm working on a packaging project. I'm designing in Adobe Illustrator CC using CMYK color mode, but now, I want to present my client the work with a mockup and I ...
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Created a poster to print in CMYK, but when client downloads JPG, on the screen it is neon. Will it print how it looks when I created it in CMYK?

I created a poster in Photoshop and it in CMYK mode because it is going to be printed (not used on the web at all). I saved it as a JPG (also in CMYK) and when I sent it to someone in an email and ...
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How does a monitor display the CMYK color? Is it actually showing the true CMYK color?

Suppose I'm designing something for printing purposes. Then I need to stick with CMYK model. When ever I'm choosing color while designing, I'm setting color based on what my monitor shows me as CMYK. ...
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InDesign RGB to CMYK Problems

I created an InDesign document (4 pages) that has various shapes that are different colors (yellow, green, etc.). The shapes are InDesign shapes (not imported graphics). We originally created the ...
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RGB Vs CMYK : Deciphering gradient transitions in different colour modes

This issue may be related to Photoshop or to colour modes in general but this is what I am trying to figure out. The image below is from a CMYK file with two layers. It has two duo colour gradients. ...
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How to keep printed documents accurate color reproduction

Is there a way to widen the gamut of a CMYK print so that the darks stay dark and the lights stay light? I suspect it has something to do with color space being exported, but I don't know how to ...
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What's the point of converting RGB images to CMYK TIF/TIFF before placing them in InDesign?

Currently we receive CMYK TIF/TIFF images of photographs from our design agency (who get them from the photographer). Our in-house designers then place them in InDesign for posters and magazines, or ...
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from RGB to CMYK in InDesign

I read... " InDesign recognizes the color profiles of all placed images (sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB, etc.). When you export to PDF (never PNG or JPG if you're going to press -- never, ever), ...
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Are CMYK color profiles used when printing PDF files?

I have a PDF file, where all colors are in CMYK. Are CMYK color profiles used when printing this PDF file? There is a color profile on the PDF file, and then there is a color profile for the ...
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What is the difference between CMYK and RGB? Are there other color spaces I should know?

I'm a photographer, who dabbles in graphic design from time to time as well. What are the differences between the various color spaces?
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What CMYK values should I use for the brightest highlights in an image?

I usually set the whitest part of the image to C5 M4 Y4 K0, but this is making some product shots of glassware (ie wine glasses, glass trophies) look grey. Does anyone use a different CMYK mix for ...
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Exporting in CMYK in Affinity Designer?

I use Affinity Designer, and I found that although I create the design in CMYK colour model, when I export it as a .jpg or a .png file, the design reverts back to RGB colour model? Is there any way ...
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How to prepare a design for CMYK printing?

This was asked in another thread. When I searched to see if this question has been asked before it was not. Per Meta we are encouraged to create threads that show quality solutions or to future ...
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Simplest set of inks that could print the RGB gamut?

Artist Tauba Auberbach produced this recently: It's called RGB Colourspace Atlas, and is a physical, printed book of what it implies is the whole RGB colour space. Is there an existing ...
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Ensure a document is ready for 4 color printing

If my document only uses pantone colors does this mean it is ready for 4 color printing?
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How can I find out what RGB colors a website uses?

I want to learn the CMYK/RGB or any other details of a colour on a website. Say the side/background of this very website. I want to recreate that colour. Can anyone help me? Or is there any specific ...