I have a cmyk colour of 0,40,50,0

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I want to change the magenta value, the 40%, to redder colour 0,67,70,28

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And see what the resulting CMYK colour is. How I can go about doing this?

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  • Well.. you can't ever print more than 100% of a color. – Scott Jan 10 '18 at 17:22
  • So... are you saying that you want to substitute the Magenta ink for a specific red colour? – Digital Lightcraft Jan 10 '18 at 17:42
  • Your answer would be 0,67,70,28. Unless you are picking a red from a RGB color space and converting to CMYK you already know your answer. Unless you are trying to ask something else? – Ovaryraptor Jan 10 '18 at 17:42
  • I believe you are saying you want to print like this (0(C), 40(0,67,70,28), 50(Y), 0(K)) What color this creates I do not know. – John Burgess Jan 10 '18 at 20:47
  • can you edit your question and rephrase it to be more clear? – Luciano Jan 11 '18 at 10:14

A) You can't create a CMYk color where any value is above 100%. There's no feasible way to mix your CMYk starting point with another CMYK color in terms of press ink. 100% is the maximum allowable value for any CMYK color.

B) For press, there may be a couple ways to handle this. i.e. You run a second pass.. print the first pass as 0/0/50/0 then overprint a second pass of 0/67/70/28. However, this is going to considerably darken all colors not just magenta areas. The magenta areas would end up being your brown/red but that extra yellow and black overprint is going to darken all other areas.

So really.... what color you are trying to achieve is kind of mystery....

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As you can see that 50% yellow is going to alter everything even if you remove magenta and overprint your color.

If you really want to merely replace Magenta with your brown/red.. you could run a 5 color job (CMYK+1) leaving the Magenta plate empty. Areas where Magenta was not empty are going to create a deeper red....

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(Pantone 471 is merely the color I felt was closest to 0/67/70/28, you might pick a different spot. I didn't spend a great deal of time looking and there is no immediately matching spot color I saw.)

Ultimately, it may be possible. However, much more detail as to why you need this, what your process is, and your end goal would assist in a better answer.

  • Thanks Scott for your response. It is a specific printing requirement (for traffic signs) where instead of magenta ink the company used red ink (BS381C No. 537 which is cmyk 0,67,70,28) - but they can't tell us the actual resulting cmyk colour. What I am trying to know is what John Burgess said above i.e. what this colour is: (0(C), 40(0,67,70,28), 50(Y), 0(K)) – Simon H Jan 11 '18 at 8:54
  • It may just be the 0/67/70/28 then a second pass of 50% Y. Or it may mean all art is 50% or 67M70Y28K.. So it's just that some specific areas are pure 50Y while other areas are the 0/67/70/28 breakout. – Scott Jan 11 '18 at 13:51

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