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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Finding Illustrator CC Color Swatches Being used

I'm going crazy over this one. I have been trying to locate color swatches being used in a Illustrator CC file. Through this process of elimination I have tried multiple search and locate options. ...
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How to maintain a grayscale image (1 channel) output in a cmyk layered file that contains a color layer?

Thanks in advance for your help! I have been asked to fix a customer supplied ad targeted for CMYK newsprint. It is a .psd doc. The printer has asked that the file be supplied with the background ...
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Illustrator - Using an RGB transparency mask in a CMYK file

My file is CMYK, but it has a Link to an RGB PSD file as a transparency mask. The file renders properly in illustrator (the preview), but whenever I try to export to any other format, the colors are ...
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Default CMYK profile not perfect for print

My client sent the print PDF I provided him with to a print studio. They replied that the black CMYK profile is set to 100/100/100/100 and they need it in 64/55/53/100. How do I fix that? I'm ...
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I select colour #0033ff and get colour #3d58a7 in a CMYK Photoshop file. What could be happening?

I am working on this CMYK file and until today all colours could be selected and everything was working fine. Today I decide to give it a bright blue background, and select shade #0033ff. I see a ...
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How to get rid of magenta “spillage” when printing only black?

I sent a PDF with a few objects in C: 0%, M: 0%, Y: 0%, K: 100%, for digital printing on a glossy paper, to a local print shop. The print looks good and everything, but there seems to be a weak nuance ...
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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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Color values change between Illustrator and InDesign

I've googled and searched here for an answer to my question but haven't been able to find anything. I designed several pieces of collateral, all using the same single color. Some of the pieces I ...
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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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Substituting Black C for Process Black in a two-spot color job

I have a two-spot job that uses a Pantone Blue C and a Pantone Black C. I need to create various tints of the black spot, but I don't really like using Pantone blacks for tints. From a production ...
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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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online vector file RGB to CMYK: light and blending issues

Most of the time due to design requirement, we have to download some free loyalty vector file online. But due to print requirement we have to convert the color mode from RGB to CMYK. This was much ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I correctly convert a CMYK Photoshop PDF to sRGB?

I'm working with an artist to create a comic, which will be printed eventually, but which is currently being serialized online. The artist is working in CMYK in Photoshop, on the theory that it's ...
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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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Should I convert sRGB images to CMYK before storage in a DAM?

Where I work we have images of products that we manufacture stored in CMYK GraCol 2006 format. We are starting to sell products manufactured by outside companies now and those companies are sending ...
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Maximizing saturation while converting CMYK to RGB

I have many designs prepared for print (CMYK), but now I need to present them on a projector. As projectors go, I know most of them have weak contrast, and many of my colors wouldn't be as accented as ...
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Color management from monitor to print

I need to design a box packaging and need help with color management of the work - formats and combinations. My company printer doesn't print correctly. Should I just look at the print out and see ...
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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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how does it affect CMYK image when printed in 6 colors printer

does it make colour damage or any damage to the resolution ? I'm going to use epson artisan 1430 inkjet printer for my project to do sublimation.
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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 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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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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How to get CMYK colors on screen to match newsprint [duplicate]

I work at with ads in PDF format at a newspaper. Before exporting, I always convert all the colors to CMYK, however when we get the paper back from the printer, the newsprint color hardly match the ...
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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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digital artwork design working in RGB or CMYK (or pantone) for printing?

I am running into a lot of problem on Design my artwork in photoshop in RGB. Then convert to CMYK in PDF format. Then when I print it with print company, Colors are not always right. I am not really ...
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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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How can I get the CMYK values from a REAL printed image? [duplicate]

I've been designing web graphics for a long time, but I've been requested to print out some new work. The client presented me a printed magazine page and asked me to make her logo the exact same color ...
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How to print a pure CMYK colors in a regular inkjet printer?

How to print a pure CMYK color in a regular printer? Let's say I would like to print a pure cyan or a pure magenta in a regular printer. first I work in a CMYK document .. but when sending the file to ...
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Setting an Illustrator file to 120ppi

So I need to make some panels for one of those 4-panel stand-up convention displays and the template specs they gave me are clear about the bleed/trim and basic stuff, but it says "Resolution must be ...
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A good dark grey cmyk with lots of small white text

My print has got a plain dark grey background CMYK of 0, 0, 0, 90. This has just been rejected from the printers because 'it was black space and not CMYK'.. Not fully understanding this I decided to ...
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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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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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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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Using slice tool on an entire artboard

I'm trying to make a 4 panel graphic presentation for one of those table-top convention displays so I made a new file with the right resolutions, bleeds etc set. I also made it 4 artboards in 4 ...
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How to convert RGB to CMYK color code?

I want to convert RGB to CMYK color code, but unfortunately, I have some problem with colors. I want to use this color #31C68B in Photoshop, and after that I want to print that for Visit Card and the ...
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Easier InDesign technique(?) = export JPG and convert to CMYK before printing

So I'm just starting to learn Adobe InDesign. The tutorials tell me to prepare my images and convert them from RGB to CMYK for print.. Now, I like to do rapid development and I kinda don't like ...
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Set CMYK colors in Photoshop

I have designed a Flyer using Photoshop. First with RGB colors, but I want to change them to CMYK. I use black, white and two pantone colors. Black is used for the text and there is the problem. I ...
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Photoshop CS4: PDF subsequent saves toggle between dark and light black output?

I'm working in several CMYK .PSD documents. Whenever I save them as .PDF, the first PDF generated always appears as a more rich RGB-looking black (on-screen at least). Changing maybe a few ...
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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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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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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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Colours consistently change in Illustrator the moment I deselect an object

While working with a file I noticed that the moment I imported my Illustrator file into Photoshop it changed our company colour #ff5522 to a different orange-red variable. Considering ...
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CMYK colours wrong on export in Illustrator

I am making a flyer on Illustrator. It has a grey background 0,0,0,30 is the CMYK value. When I export to any format or even in RGB the grey seems to have a red hue to it. How do i get a realistic ...
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Is there an universal “rich black” CMYK value? [duplicate]

Each website across the internet suggests a distinct CMYK value to use as "rich black", so I get confused with that.
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Which Catalog I will buy Pantone Solid or Color Bridge?

What is the difference PANTONE 340 U and PANTONE 340 UP? Is the UP color CMYK process printed color or not? Because they are really different. I want to buy pantone catalog today and I don't know ...
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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 ...