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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CMYK color space?

I open an EPS file containing a company logo (using Illustrator), and see that the color they used is described as C,M,Y,K values in percentage. But I don't see any kind of color space attribution. ...
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Do I need the Pantone Solid Coated Guide if I have Color Bridge Coated Guide?

I need a Solid Coated Pantone Guide. If I buy the Coated Color Bridge, does that have all the solid swatches (PMS) in addition to the CMYK equivalent? i.e. Would it be redundant to buy the regular ...
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Print from acrobat pdf - print true cmyk values

I've created some graphics on Adobe Illustrator and have saved them as a pdf. Using Output preview/Object Inspector (from the dropdown Preview list) I can check that every object in the the graphics ...
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Designing for online AND print. CMYK or RGB?

I am designing a document in InDesign which will be exported to PDF for viewing online, which makes me think I should use RGB. But many viewers will also want to print the file. So should I use CMYK? ...
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Do I need to change colour settings in Illustrator if printing on uncoated paper?

I've created a CMYK logo file that will mostly be printed on uncoated paper. On screen the colour looks much brighter than I expect it to print. The colour setting CMYK working space I'm using in ...
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How do I make screenshots look good when printed in CMYK?

When printing screenshots alongside black text, black areas of the screenshot look a washed out "muddy dark grey" and "washed out". What causes this and can I improve the black color area?
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Printing in CMYK

I've designed my first business card and I'm trying to print it via Moo. I designed the card in Photoshop in RGB and Moo is requiring me to save in CMYK. CMYK does not support the colors I've chosen ...
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Convert CMYK into K only

Using InDesign I created the interior of a 352-page book. It is supposed to be black only. But some of the diagrams in the book have hidden CMYK values. I created a PDF from InDesign. The PDF retains ...
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how to change the workspace color window from RGB to CMYK mode in Illustrator CS5.1?

I'm using Illustrator CS5.1 and started a new document in RGB mode. When I change the color mode to CMYK under File > Document Color Mode > CMYK Color, the Color window in my workspace doesn't ...
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Print Bleed/Trim Size

I have designed an infographic in an A4 size. in this I have kept a simple dark green colour sleek footer keeping in mind that it will be cut in trimming in printing. But now the client have asked to ...
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How many Pantone colors? [duplicate]

I have an illustrator file (it's a packaging design going to be printed) which I didn't design it myself. I see so many Pantone colors in the swatches panel; the person who designed it used many ...
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How to convert colors from PMS to RGB?

I'm working on a branding project and having my background in digital disciplines I don't have too much knowledge about color systems. Currently I'm trying to figure out what are the correct color ...
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What CMYK values should I use for rich black, and how should I handle tints/shades?

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 ...
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Why does my CMYK file have crazy neon colors? [closed]

I am new to Illustrator but made a very cool file with photos & text to print as 11x14 poster. A JPEG file is needed to bring to the printer (using Costco which usually works fine). But when I ...
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Is CMYK mode not ideal for designs with blending mode?

I just notice it now as I am new to Illustrator. When I am in RGB mode, blending transparency seems to be easier as mode such as Screen, Multiply or Overlay looks good naturally. If I switch the ...
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What is the safest / most precise way to convert spot colors to process in post production?

I work in prepress production at a publishing house and often times only have access to .PDF cover files which contain spot (pantone) colors from their former offset printing days. Because I set up ...
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How do I edit my CMYK greens to output as brightly as possible?

Converting my photoshop work from RGB to CMYK to send to print. Found out today that RGB has a much broader and vibrant colour array than CMYK. Trying to edit the values, saturation, brightness, ...
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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 hue/...
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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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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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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 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. ...