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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 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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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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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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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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Matching blacks on an Illustrator poster

I've searched and read the suggestions to my question but I'm not finding entirely what I need in one place and by now I've made so many changes I'm sure I've passed right over the right combination ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Black and white linen with espresso furniture

What would be a good accent color for espresso furniture with black and white damask design on linen?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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