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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Converting bar code to CMYK “True Black”

I have .tiff. Part of the .tiff is a bar code. My printer is insisting the bar code be converted to 100%K - CMYK "pure black". (Their words) A couple obstacles: The Bar Code has been scaled up. ...
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Can I merge CMY layers to K layer to make the black?

I can only use 3 screens (colours) for a degree module and was wondering can i merge a copy of the key(K) layer to each of the CM and Y(cyan, magenta and yellow) layers in Photoshop so when they are ...
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Business Card printing and correct CMYK profile settings

So I bought this business card template that comes as a PSD file with the U.S Web Coated (SWOP) v2 CMYK profile. I edited it in Photoshop and then found out the printer company: wants CMYK colour ...
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Pantone Colourbridge Uncoated viewing in illustrator

I have a hard copy swatch of pantone Colour bridge uncoated colours. I am setting up some packaging items in illustrator and have shown the client visuals in CMYK. I have now selected the Pantones ...
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My print has lost color accuracy when rendered from Photoshop to a vinyl banner

Recently ordered a 10x3ft 15oz laminated vinyl banner for every-day outdoor use. This is what the banner looks like: The colors used are: White #ffffff Blue #0071bc Grey #8c8b8b Black #000000 ...
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Why is the blue in my AI file black in my PDF file?

I created a RSVP card for a friend and in the AI file the color is NAVY Blue but when I save as a PDF and attach it on the email it is black. Does anyone know a solution?
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Is the maximum ink percentage embedded in the pdf color profile?

I am placing some Photoshop-made artwork into InDesign and exporting to PDF for print. My artwork is quite dark, and Ps's eyedropper tells me that some of my blacks are around the 90/95/95/85 mark. My ...
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How should I match Pantone / CMYK / RGB colors for my designs?

I am going to buy Pantone (C/U) and CMYK (C/U) patterns. How should I choose the colors for my designs? First CMYK, then Pantone and RGB last?
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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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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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Printer wants to use CMYK 30-30-20-100 for black which produces a dark purple?

I'm doing some work for a food truck wrap and the printer wants designers to use 30-30-20-100 CMYK for all black objects. For this particular project, the entire truck itself will be black with other ...
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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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“Black text has been set up so it prints as 4 colours, rather than just black” - what?

I'm currently dealing with a printer, who I've been working with for a year or two. We've sent off to had one of our brochures reprinted - the same files as last time, except now they're having some ...
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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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Transparent CMYK?

I am in the print field and relatively new to Adobe Photoshop. I have a lot of situations where I would like to have CMYK over a transparent background. We place .psd files into illustrator for ...
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How can I set CMYK values in Scribus?

When I create a new CMYK color for my document, the color’s values change when I edit it back, as you can see in this animation (sorry for the bad quality): For example: 65,00% becomes 65,10% ...
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How to make CMYK Spectrum the same in two documents in Illustrator CS6?

I have two documents open in Adobe Illustrator CS6 for Mac. They are both dragons and I want the dragons to be the same colour. I have entered the same value however the colours are different. I ...
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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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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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Why do professional print houses use gamut-limiting CMYK?

I recently had some business cards printed, and was warned to use the CMYK colour space if providing TIF files. When I tried saving from Paint Shop Pro to a CMYK, of course the colours came out very ...
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Do all offset printers print spot colours too?

I was wondering if all offset printers print CMYK + Pantone ?Or just some models do print Pantine colours? Thanks
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Adobe Illustrator Vector colors look completely different when opened on another computer

I have sent a file to a client which was saved in CMYK colors. They opened the file and the colors are nothing like the original design. Any ideas what is happening here? Any help is much appreciated. ...
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Illustrator and CMYK or RGB mode when using Pantone colors?

Should Illustrator be set to CMYK or RGB mode when using Pantone colors? Thanks in advance!
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What color mode for Print jobs to show them online?

If I made an advertisement for printing in CMYK mode but I need to upload that file as JPEG online for client, should I use RGB?
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How to batch convert RGB to CMYK and have black mapped to 0%C, 0%M, 0%Y, 100%K (NOT rich black!)

I have several SVG files (generated by a JavaScript framework) that need to end up as CMYK .EPS files for print. So I made an action for it, changing the document color mode to CMYK, assigning a CMYK ...
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Converting PDF from RGB to CMYK with freeware or OSS

I print marketing regularly at my job, and everything is sent to us as PDFs. The problem is, the color profile is always set to RGB, and the resulting prints look terrible and don't match the colors ...
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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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How to use photoshop file in Indesign for print (having Pantone colors)

I have a question for you guys... :) I have Pantone Colors in my photoshop files. However, I am also using Indesign to do final composing and exporting of the design. I was wondering what is the ...
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Why is my color being darkened when printed?

I am creating a logo and I am using Pantone 638U in Illustrator. I know Pantone has to be premixed but I just wanted to test print on my printer in CMYK. So I converted it to cmyk which is C83 M0 ...
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PDF colours coming out 'dull' when exported as cmyk

We make quite a lot of mood boards in InDesign, which we then export as CMYK PDFs (Document CMYK - U.S Web Coated(SWOP) v2) as the image below. We then send them off to the printers to be printed on ...
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How do I identify text layers as individual PMS colors?

I am getting a product label printed and the printer is asking that the text in the PSD file to be identified as PMS colors. I renamed the title of the layers to the specific color (e.g. Pantone 116) ...
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Convert Images to CMYK in Indesign

I have a large Indesign Document (about 200+ pages), and in about the half of the pages the images were copied & pasted into the document instead of linking them. These images are now somewhat ...
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Pantone Color Bridge - EURO or SWOP

I am going to buy Pantone Color Bridge guide, but I know that it has SWOP and EURO version. I am working for clients around the world. Should I buy two versions? Is SWOP version different than EURO ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Adobe InDesign: how can I get the CMYK code from a color that I have saved in RGB in the swatches?

I'm making a work for school and I have to put together color palettes for some pictures. I also want to indicate the RGB and the CMYK code but when I get a color from a picture with the Eyedropper ...
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What black should I use when printing on a metal tin?

I have to make a label for an olive oil brand and the background of the label consists of an olive trunk that fades to black. What are the cmyk values which are appropriate for printing a true black ...
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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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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 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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Create a two color printing image with only one color (dithering)

In Illustrator: How do you create the color Grey with just using Black, but without changing opacity? (it can also be used for other colors) Whenever we have to print something (shopping bags, ...
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RGB to CMYK conversion — more than one way?

Occasionally a science journal asks authors to submit figures as CMYK (JPG or TIFF) for publication. When I have done this in the past, the colors in the figures end up looking very muted and washed ...
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Do I want to convert or just tag with the CMYK profile?

I have some images to send to the printer. The printing company wants them in 'CMYK' but doesnt offer any other information. I've read up quite a bit on this but most info that I've found seems to be ...
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What is happening to my colorbar when I open Illustrator?

I usually create figures using something like Matlab or Python; then I use Illustrator for final touch-ups and things. Unfortunately, I'm having trouble with the colorbars when I open my figures in ...
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How to make a black and white image print in CMYK as it appears in RGB on screen [duplicate]

In Illustrator (CS6/CC) I have an image that is black and white and looks really rich and deep in RGB on screen but after printing appears really gray and loses its depth. Messing about with settings ...
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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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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 ...