With Inkscape, I drew two rectangles, one with CYMK 20/100/0/0 and the other with 2/56/0/43. Since those two colors are different in the CMYK color space, I expected them to print in different colors. Yet, a (at least my) printer prints both rectangles in the same color (at least in my eye). So, why is my assumption wrong?

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    Printer as in the color printer sitting on your desk? Sounds like a calibration problem. Oct 24 '14 at 13:31
  • Yes, a laser printer. Oct 24 '14 at 13:35
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    If a "mauve" (2/56/0/43) looks the same as 20% Cyan -- you've got hardware issues. They should not even be remotely close. Even a horribly calibrated system should not print them the same. Or you are color blind in some way.
    – Scott
    Oct 24 '14 at 14:11
  • @Scott it's 20% Cyan 100% Magenta, but even then, it's a bright pink vs. a muddy mauve pink. They should not look the same. Oct 24 '14 at 15:17
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    oop... I missed the 100M :) Sorry. In that case calibration could be an issue. But I think Lauren is right.. it would need to be some severely off calibration still.
    – Scott
    Oct 24 '14 at 15:23

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