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Questions about the use of black. In print, black can have different appearances depending on the actual inks used.

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What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print?

My question is what kind of black should I use when printing. At the moment I use this black (split into CMYK): C:0% M:0% Y:0% K:100% It looks fine in InDesign or Illustrator but if I save a PDF ...
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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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Colors to use with black background?

Is using yellow text on a black bg bad as Mike pointed out here? If yes what colors should I use (RGB or hex values)?
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Why is black not a natural color?

I've had at least two art teachers tell me that black does not naturally occur in nature, so using pure black makes your designs look synthetic. I do not understand this. Aren't the following black ...
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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 do I set a Photoshop image to just pure black and white, no grayscale?

i'd been googling for answers for this, all guides point me to make it grayscale, but actually it is still not enough, it still allows non-black(gray gradient). What I want is Suppose I ended up ...
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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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Displaying Black on a Black Background

(First post, yay!) Im working on a fashion lookbook for print and I'm displaying product colours on a black background, but what can I do for when I need to display black on black? Example: As you ...
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What would happen if I made something - CMYK 100

It would literally be: C: 100 M: 100 Y: 100 K: 100 For a total of 400% color I know you're never supposed to go over 300... but How would this affect: The way it looks on my ...
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White and black design style

Recently I noticed a trend in graphic and industrial design that focuses on (usually predominant) white or very light gray and high contrast black or dark gray shapes — which fascinates me because of ...
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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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Why doesn't Illustrator automatically overprint 100% black?

I am creating print PDFs from InDesign that contain Illustrator files. Most of these Illustrator files have black outlines used. When you create a fresh outline with 100% black, it's not set to ...
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Black and white printing

I have some problems printing rich black, and I´ve spent days trying to find a solution on the internet, but there is just too much information... I´d happily spend weeks and months learning all about ...
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Can I check whether plain black or rich black is used for text in a pdf?

A design agency my company is using have created a flyer design for us. Upon print, it looks as if the body text on the flyer has been printed in a rich black, because the text has come out a little '...
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Integrating a photo into a “black” background for print in Illustrator?

My print knowledge has gone a little rusty so I was wondering if someone might be able to clear something up for me. I am designing a box which has a photo that fades into black around the edges/in ...
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How to add a solid black border around a layer when it is under a Hue/Saturation Layer in photoshop?

I have a Layer which i have adjusted Hue/Saturation with a Hue Saturation Layer in CS 5.1 . I want a solid black border around it. Now when i go to apply stroke to it in blending options, the stroke ...
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Glossy black logo on matte black background

I remember seeing high-fashion packaging with black-on-black printing; but, the difference was with only the finish. Normally, I see gold-on-black, or silver. I want that same black "shiny effect" ...
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In spot color printing, does black count as a spot color?

Do I have to choose a Pantone black, or can I just use 100% K?
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Why isn't the black in a video made with After Effects a true black when it's viewed on Windows 7?

For some reason my video is coming out a lighter black than web #000 black. I'm using After Effects & Web - H.264 profile. Left: Web | Right: Video The photo doesn't do it justice.. it's very ...
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Printing solid black on transparencies for creating plates

I have a requirement to be able to print graphics and text on transparency (just black). We use those to then create plates for labels. The output needs to be solid (not pixels) as any light passing ...
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In a CMYK raster image, why does pure black look darker if I switch off other 3 channels?

File mode: CMYK CMYK working profile: Fogra 39 Grayscale working profile: Dot gain 15% Any region with pure black (0 0 0 100), if I turn off the cyan, magenta and yellow channels, it gets slightly ...
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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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Is 100% black good in UI design? [duplicate]

I was told that 100% black color makes eyes strain as it's too much contrast between white background and high color text. Ebooks, for example, does not use 100% black. Are there any studies that ...
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How do you make a binary image in Photoshop?

I am trying to make a binary image. I want more than just the look of the image to be black/white, but I want the actual file to be a binary file. Every pixel should be either black, or white. I don'...
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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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How to check a PDF which is presumably only supposed to be using black text with no coloured elements?

I have been provided with a text-only PDF which is supposed to only be using black in 100% K or tints of black (50% K, 60% K, etc). The client needs to print this using a black plate process and ...
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Convert black to white in Photoshop

I am having a hard time replicating the second image style in the first. The football field image needs the black to be gone and be replaced throughout the image with a white color. What is the best ...
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Setting solid black in Photoshop

I am trying to set a solid ( non 4 colour ) black in Photoshop. I am able to do this successfully; however if for instance I create a shape or a piece of text using my 100%K black all is well until I ...
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Difference between “Black & White” and “Grayscale”

From my previous question I found that Grayscale ≠ Black & White. So, I want to know the differences between "Grayscale" and "Black & White" clearly/completely.
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How to convert a picture into black lines and a transparent background?

I've looked at a couple of previous questions, but I haven't been able to apply it to my question. I'm trying to extract the black from this picture (so I can turn it into a vector later in ...
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How to achieve contrast in a black-on-black design

I'm trying to achieve a black-on-black design on a business card. See link here: AHC 180 Youth Ministry Business Card. The large black arrow and the grunge splotches are a rich black of 40-40-40-100, ...
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How do you invert the colors in a stencil drawing so that the result looks otherwise identical to the original?

I have a stencil image of Karl Marx. The subject is mostly white on a black background. However, I would like to create another version of it where the subject is black on a white background. I ...
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PDF: Convert CMYK 100% black to 0% RGB black

As explained elsewhere (1, 2), converting CMYK (0, 0, 0, 100%) black to RGB always results in some dark grey. So how to replace CMYK (0, 0, 0, 100%) black with RGB (0, 0, 0) black? Is there any tool ...
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Will I need an extra plate to print a tint of black?

I'm scoping a print project that will include one red PMS and black. I'm thinking the print job will be less expensive than a 4C process because there are less plates of color involved. I wanted to ...
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What black should I use when printing on a metal tin?

I have to make a label for an olive oil brand and the background of the label consists of an olive trunk that fades to black. What are the cmyk values which are appropriate for printing a true black ...
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What are the differences of the various kinds of black print color?

Some terms for black color I have seen are: Process Black Pantone Black C rich black Do others exist? What makes them different?
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Photoshop Bitmap to Greyscale and Back Concerns

Hello Graphic Designers, Thank you for this helpful board. I have this weird color related print related question. My situation is, I am doing some layout changes of a bitmap black and white comic ...
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Black lines save as grey

I am a very basic user, I scan pencil (comic) drawings as tiffs and use Photoshop cc 2015 to darken the lines and clean up a bit, and put text balloons and save again as tiffs. I use the 'levels' ...
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Printer wants me to make sure the barcode is “100% black ink (K) on a white background”

This is what he wrote: Please change barcode so it is 100% black ink (K) on a white background. (A barcode can look black in the proof, but can be built as 5% Cyan, 5% Magenta, 5% Yellow, 85% K for ...
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Make image high contrast - 2 tone black and white

Ive got a bunch of logos i want to display on a 'press' page, the logos all have different color schemes, which clash so i want to make all the logos black and white, no greyscale, just 2 colours, ...
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Can I use 200% black ink for text to be sent to the printers?

This is what I (think I) know: Rich blacks (e.g. 60/40/40/100 CMYK) are to be avoided on small objects like texts, because even the best printing machine may have a slight misalignment, making a ...
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Photoshop picture black and white with colour (Lights)

I came across this picture online and I want to try and create something similar. Can anyone give me some tips on how to recreate this image? I have tried the following: Create new layer & ...
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Getting the right shade of grey to print

I have a background in my CYMK photoshop document which is mid to dark grey and is made up of C69 M60 Y56 K66 ( it came from rgb 36 36 36) ... I have calibrated my monitor but when I print this out it ...
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Background idea for displaying black png images

I need a good way to display black png images in my webapp Hover I thought about using a "transparency tile" but that wouldn't look good I even used CSS stripes but the result wasn't great I need a ...
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How to turn off overprint in Indesign?

I have a brochure that was sent to printing and the printer staff told me that I need to have the overprint turned off for some black text on a square that was to be printed with Metallic silver. I ...
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Why are my strokes showing up black, with no colour selected?

All of my strokes are coming with a random black 1pt stroke that I can't edit or get rid of. I can change the colour of the 'outer' stroke, which is technically the same line. That shouldn't be ...
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Editing photos for CMYK printing

This question is a follow-up on this earlier question here As I am attempting on printing a photo-magazine in black and white, I am losing rich blacks in my photos when converting them to CMYK and ...
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How do you achieve that black/transparent look in photoshop?

How do you achieve this look: Thanks!
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How to use CMYK “true black” in OS X Pages

I am new to Mac but am seeking to design a brochure for printing using the Pages app. The normal color settings of RGB and CMYK do not seem to be present. What color setting do I need to use to obtain ...
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Image loses clarity when it is put over a black background

The original image I do have is the one on the top of this screenshot, I would like it to have a black background. The problem as you can see below is the loss of clarity whenever it has a dark ...