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 is color appearing different between pieces designed for print?

I have recently designed an A5 leaflet in Photoshop and a Standard Business Card in Illustrator for print (Working CMYK). I have saved both documents as PDFs and have tried using several of Adobe's ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Unable to get colour sliders in CMYK Swatch on Indesign

I have had a user I support come to me with something that seems a little weird. When they try to add a colour or see swatch options under CMYK mode, the sliders are not present - only a list of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Maximum CMYK sum value for colors when printing?

I have a lot of dark brown in my artwork designed in photoshop, which is C73-M62-Y98-K73. Does it matter that the sum is over 300%? Should I be limiting my colours to a certain percentage?
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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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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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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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RGB and CMYK: Why both?

Any of you who have at least little experience with graphic design software, photography or professional printing, must have -almost undoubtedly- have gone through this: 'the struggle' of RGB and CMYK ...
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I purchased vector clip art, it has multiple colors in the art, but none of the colors are listed in swatches

...and I need to convert to CMYK. How do I get the list of colors to convert? "Recolor artwork" and convert to CMYK under edit both do not work. Convert was greyed out and unavailable. Help!
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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 ...
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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. ...