I use CorelDraw X3 to make designs of flexes of different sizes like 6'x3', 20'x10', 28'x10.2', 12'x6' and 15'x3' and whenever I send my files to printing press to print it get print very dull colors. When I talked in printing press that why so these prints I sent you in good colors they said because of version change. Actually they use tiff format to print. After that I started also to make tiff and then transfer to them to print.

So I have question that if my original tiff file is 30,000X11,114 in pixeles, of size 953MB with 300 resolution & I have converted it to 48,00X17,55 in pixels of size 24.1MB with same resolution(300). So will there any difference to print between my converted file and original file? Should I go further to print my converted file or with original file?


The problem you are facing isn't in the size of the print, that won't have a bearing on the colour output.

Without looking into your settings, I believe the problem lies in the colour space. You need to make sure your document is set up with CMYK.

I don't have Corel X3, so I don't know the menus (or if they've changed) but I think it should be under Tools>Color Management>Default Settings

When the pop up opens up look for the option Primary Color Mode and make sure it is on CMYK.

Thereafter when you are exporting for print, use PDF and the preset PDF/X-1a. (its always good to convert fonts to curves)

Remember that CMYK is "duller" than RGB, but when you start to use CMYK, the colour will become normal to you.

Also make sure you are using the CMYK colour palette, which should be under Window>Color Palette>CMYK Palette.

Edit: You may also export the artwork to TIFF, again making sure that its exporting to CMYK.


To simply state that the document needs to be set up in CMYK color mode is not necessarily the proper solution. It is possible though, that setting up the document in CMYK color mode will fix the problem but it is more likely that there are several issues.

You mentioned "printing press". The very first thing you need to know before creating your document for printing is... What will the actual printing process be? Will the printers be using CMYK (four color process) inks or will they be using CMYK combined with extra spot colors? Will they be printing spot colors only? If the printing company will be using CMYK ink, then absolutely yes, create your document in CMYK color mode. However, if the printing company will be using spot colors only, RGB color mode would be appropriate for your document. In that case you would color your artwork with the specific spot colors and you could probably use spot colors directly from Pantone color books.

After asking your printer what printing process they are going to use and assuming it is going to be CMYK, the next thing you would benefit from doing would be asking them the exact name of the inks and brand and company. This is actually very important because most ink companies offer downloadable color profiles for their ink sets that can be loaded into Illustrator, Photoshop, and Corel in each program's color settings preferences. Now any artwork created will be using the actual color values of the printing inks.

When saving your artwork file to be sent to the printer, be sure to embed the color profile of your document. It will also be important to include that color profile file that you downloaded from the ink manufacturers website. Next you would request that the printing company load and use that color profile file into their software when opening your document.

That process is not 100% foolproof because chances are your monitor and their computer monitor will not be color calibrated the exact same way but at least both you and the printer will be more in sync together as far as what you created vs. the final printed product.

  • what the OP is describing is indicative of RGB files being converted to CMYK in the ripping process, hence the "dull" result. But good shout on the colour profiles.
    – Aasim Azam
    Mar 7 '17 at 18:25

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