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What's the difference between CMYK Black and RGB Black

I know this sounds a stupid question, black is black right? Wrong: It's black right? so why are the CMYK Values so far away from black?
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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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How to prepare a design for CMYK printing?

This was asked in another thread. When I searched to see if this question has been asked before it was not. Per Meta we are encouraged to create threads that show quality solutions or to future ...
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Why does Photoshop call ppi "resolution"?

There are some things in Photoshop's "new" dialog window that I find troubling: Assume an image of 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels. How can there be an input box for ppi? Ppi a property of the result of ...
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When should I use rich black?

What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print? explains what rich black is, but when should it be used? If it gives a "blacker black", why not use it for all black elements in a CMYK ...
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How heavy should ink coverage be for a custom CMYK rich black?

In recent jobs, I have skewed away from pre-mixed rich black formulas in favour of making a black that fits dominant colours in the publication. For example, in a publication with a dominant full ...
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What are the pros and cons of using Lab color?

I often see suggestions of converting an image to the Lab color model when editing images in, for example, Photoshop. What are the pros and cons of doing this? Are there specific functions or tasks ...
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Should I work in CMYK when printing shirts using Direct-to-Garment (DTG)?

I've just read What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print? and I'd like to ask if these considerations for a "nice" black when printing on fabric using a direct to garment (DTG) ...
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Saving a document in photoshop CMYK turns SOME black into gray

I am creating a rather big photoshop document 3000x3000 which i want to print. I thought i took all the precautions: CMYK color mode 300ppi save as pdf and so on Still when i save the picture as pdf ...
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Rich black : faded gray appears colored

I have a question about using rich black for a print document. In InDesign, I set a rich black color for the background (0/80/0/100), and I need to set a faded round gray shape, with an opacity around ...
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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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Best Practice for colours that are different between applications

I am trying to create a colour swatch for a brand based on the branding guideline supplied by the original designer from around 2014. In their branding guideline they have supplied the following ...
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Why Gaussian blur in Illustrator fades into gray?

Why does my Guassian blur in Illustrator go to gray or faded white when I use it?
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"Black text has been set up so it prints as 4 colours, rather than just black" - what?

I'm currently dealing with a printer, who I've been working with for a year or two. We've sent off to had one of our brochures reprinted - the same files as last time, except now they're having some ...
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How to fix “’registration color’: black” error in PDF Preflight?

I'm preparing a document for print and I am in the preflight process. One of the errors is the colour issue shown in the image below. “Registration color”: Black How can I fix this?
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