Questions tagged [black]

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

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How to recreate this colour change on Photoshop

I had previously edited this photo, however the file was corrupted and I cannot remember how I edited it, and I can't recreate the same effect of the colour change. I am wanting to recreate the black ...
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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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How to change blacks to 100% black in Illustrator?

I've been stuck with this problem for a few days and I just can't seem to figure it out, hopefully someone can help! I did a job where I edited a brochure, the original design files were destroyed ...
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trying to create an hq svg, but also remove the black space top and bottom of image

im trying to create an hq svg, but also remove the black space top and bottom of image. im having difficulties, ive tried vectormagic, picsvg, now i am trying to use inkscape, but im not even sure if ...
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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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Pop of Color Photoshop

I want to have the background be black and white and then a rectangle of color be normal but I don’t know how and when I erase it it’s shaky. What do I do.
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Similar font to Montserrat Alternates?

I'm looking for a black, sans-serif font that has curved (curly?) "W" and/or "A" uppercase, instead of the typical "spiky" "W" or "A" of sans-serif. ...
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CYMK Black settings for InDesign where original artwork used very fine ink (and gouache)

I am using In Design and PS to create CYMK PDF for printing a children’s book. The original artwork was commissioned and is composed using gouache and black ink on off-white paper. So fortunately ...
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Photo has bright and darker on an aerial photo question

I am not very familiar how to manipulate with the photo i have has a bright and a darker in the same photos. I do not know if this is a common or not . I got this from a contractor that scanned many ...
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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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Allign 3 B&W layers to make an RGB picture

I'm trying to process a picture of Jupiter from Junocam and I'm trying to align 3 B&W picture to make an RGB picture but it's not working, I tried differents opacity but it still not working, I ...
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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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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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Print deep blacks in CMYK photo magazine

I am very much a novice when it comes to working with printing and colour values and I am using InDesign for the first time. I am working on an all black and white photographic magazine, which will ...
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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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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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Handling inversion on black and white photos in Photoshop

I'm looking to recreate a similar black and white effect to the dome in this casino token. It's the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas. I've looked at a variety of different images of the dome, in ...
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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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AI .PNG not exporting a black background [closed]

When exporting my illustrator file as a .png and choosing to export with a black background transparency, it exports with a white background. I have tried one with artboards and one without, but to no ...
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CMYK to PMS - which PMS color should I use?

I am developing brand guidelines for a particular sub-brand where I work. Certain details are specified with a rich black, which is a CMYK mix of C10, M10, Y10, K100. Mostly process printing will work ...
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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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Black highlights and shadows?

I'm trying to do a Graphic Design of some blocks using a certain color palette. The way I did the highlight and shadow colors is to multiply the colors by 2 and 0.5 respectively, clipping if needed. ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Getting Illustrator to send true black to Ricoh printer

My Illustrator design shows "rich black" but when I send it to my Ricoh Aficio GX e3300n printer the black comes out dark maroon/brown.
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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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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 remove black lines from an illustration / artwork?

Hi all! First ever post on this great site so, please be kind :-) I have a panoramic shaped image of buildings that I have studied which I created using ink on paper. The original piece is just that: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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InDesign: Black colour in blend modes [closed]

I have a white background, on top of that a black vector shape (A), and a white vector shape on top (B). I have B on difference blend mode. My goal is that both shapes appear black, but that the area ...
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Photoshop CMYK Workspace vs Saved Image question

I'm a screen graphics guy trying to transition into print media for some projects, and I've done a ton of research on CMYK Black versus "rich" or "dense" black, and it all makes sense to me. I have a ...
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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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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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100 % black logo in scribus

I need to include EPS pictures (logos and barcode) in a Scribus project. These pictures appear as CMYK(0,0,0,100) when opened with Inkscape, yet the printing company complains that it's not. I ...
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Photoshop help me change color of object

Hello is there any possible way to turn this box black, leaving it looking naturally? How do I do it?
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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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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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gray photos differ between pc and offset printing

i wanted to ask why gray photos differ between pc and offset printing. 86% gray seem whitish gray on pc but became black on offset printing , is there any solution to see how appear grayscale images ...
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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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ID CS6: Matching blacks for printing via POD services?

I'm an experienced but self-taught InDesign user. I can put a book together for print, but I've got gaps in some basics. Still, everything I've done through POD services so far has printed clean. Now ...
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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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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 ...