I am designing a business card in Illustrator where I have taken my full color vector logo, enlarged it and set the blend mode to Overlay & the opacity to 55% in order to display it is a faded out background image with a monochromatic palette (all tints and shades of the background color). It looks a little like this:

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This looks great (with respect to the amount of contrast between the image and the actual background color)on my monitor and pretty good on my cheap-o desktop inkjet printer, but I realize that does't guarantee how it will be reproduced on the digital press they'll be printed on.

The printers don't give hard copy proofs, but the pre-press person I deal with told me to take it into photoshop, use blend modes and transparency to "get it the way it should look" and convert to a high-resolution bitmap at 100% opacity without any blend modes.

I can do this no problem (and can think of a way or 2 to do it in Illustrator), but it doesn't solve my issue of not knowing whether or not the image will print with the contrast close to what I see on my screen. When I asked about this, I was told that "it should be good with about 10-15%". This is where I get a bit lost.

Is there some standard way (with Photoshop or all in Illustrator) to create the type of image I'm describing for print? or is there a world in which one can measure and adjust the range of contrast (preferably by %) in the pixels making up an image in Photoshop?

  • well if you have a calibrated system and you have the right color profiles then the preview should come close. But really if your woried about stuff like this you should probably change your print vendor to one thats willing to work with you. BTW this is one of those instances where one should consider a 2 color job with spot colors for the light yellow.
    – joojaa
    Jan 10 at 7:30


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