Questions tagged [cmyk]

Questions about CMYK; short for cyan, magenta, yellow and key(black). It's the colour process and model used for colour visualisation in colour printing. Ask anything relevant to graphic design about the CMYK colour model.

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Working in CMYK mode but exported colors is wrong. which one will be printed?

i have a CMYK psd and i know it has different colors with RGB ... but i have a odd issue, in photoshop, even in my CMYK psd, everything is good. but when i export it as a CMYK JPG, the result in any ...
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How are the publishers able to print book covers in neon colors?

How are printers and publishers able to print book covers in neon? This House of Night book cover, for example, has the effect of neon color, but when I try to do it with CMYK they don't look vivid. ...
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Should I convert a 2-color grey to a 4-color grey to get a consistent color when printed?

I have created a logo where the brand color is a cool grey. The CMYK values for the grey are C10 M0 Y0 K68. I do realise that the grey is going to look different depending on the printer. My client ...
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Wheatpaste poster base image preparation

I am looking for the steps to prepare an image (a base layer photograph) with a grayscale result like the images attached. I am not asking about the colors and embellishments. In Photoshop I have ...
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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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For what "A" in "CMYK(A)" and "RGB(A)" stand for?

I ran across these abbreviations while studying GIMP documentation. I know the meaning of CMYK and RGB, but I assume A stands for "Alpha"? No help from Wikipedia.
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How do I match the colors of my print with a reference print?

I have a series of around 100 scans of vintage stamps (all coming from the same scanner), and just a couple of actual stamps within that set, to be used as color reference. What's the best process to ...
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Exporting a vector logo to JPG/TIFF changes colour values

I'm facing a perplexing problem while exporting a vector graphic (a logo) from illustrator. The document colour profile is CMYK and I'm attempting to export high resolution JPG/TIFF files for print in ...
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Color shift when image is converted to CMYK

I'm working with a graphic designer to design a book cover for a self-published title of mine on Amazon. The purple in the cover image becomes dull when converted to the required CMYK. Original Image ...
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Linked smart objects and colour profiles

Do linked smart objects need to be the same colour profile as the master document? A bit more info: I have spot illustrations that I've created in CMYK which are linked smart objects. The client wants ...
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CMYK color space

How find that a color is in CMYK color space or not (other than adobe softwares)?
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The supplied Pantone colour and CMYK colour are slightly different. Which one should I use?

I've been supplied a branding colour palette from the company with their primary brand colour. They have supplied the Pantone spot and CMYK number for this brand colour but the two colours are ...
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Logo Color in RGB Help

I have a style guide for an old company logo which we had designed years ago. In the guide there are the two main colors for the logo but only PMS and CMYK values, so i'm wondering how to figure out ...
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Printed Text in Word a lot better than in Photoshop

I am porting a design that has been sent to me in Word to Photoshop. One part of the design contains a text with the font Bacalisties When I try to print the original word layout to a white paper, the ...
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Color management from CMYK to RGB in a brand guide > in which Adobe program?

I experience small variations in the RGB values ​​depending on the different programs I used to convert the color values in CMYK to RGB. So my question is if there is a preferred program to use ...
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CMYK color difference Illustrator vs. Web

Got a quick question about the difference between CMYK in Adobe Illustrator and the Web generators. I'm just starting out with Adobe Illustrator to create my own logo and brand. The document type is ...
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Too bright HEX color

I've stumbled upon a problem while redesigning a Xd-mockup for a company I work for. They are using the CMYK 56,4,100,0 for alle their offline marketing, which works great for that purpose. But when I ...
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How to make a 20% tint of a CMYK color in illustrator?

I'm trying to make a tint of a color in illustrator but can't figure out how to do that with CMYK colors. With pantone colors, you're usually able to make a tint by selecting the swatch and clicking ...
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ghostscript creates sRGB not CMYK PDF file

Problem Following recommendations from a variety of discussion (see below), I have attempted to use ghostscript to convert a PDF file in an sRGB colorspace (generated by Inkscape) into a PDF/X-1a file,...
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bitmap format for CMYK

I would like to perform automated rasterization effects on my graphic, then send the result to a printer. ImageMagick supports the effects I require, and supports CMYK. However, I would need to be ...
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appropriate use of black in non-gray colors using CMYK

I am learning to create documents under a CMYK color model. Unlike simpler color models such as RGB, CMYK facilitates the expression of similar colors through very different combinations of base ...
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details of (Inkscape) SVG to PDF/X conversion through Scribus

I am trying to gain understanding of some of the nuances of the workflow described in Inkscape SVG → print-ready EPS/PDF workflow. The general approach is to ensure that an SVG document generated by ...
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Brightest colours in CMYK

Am I right in thinking that colours that are pure cyan, magenta or yellow would come out brighter in print than colours such as green or purple for example? Due to the fact that they haven't been ...
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Why do my pinks, blues, and purples become gray and washed out when printed?

This is for printing on acrylic instead of paper, so I don’t know if the printers are different. I sent my design to a company in both an RGB and CMYK format. But in the preview they showed me, both ...
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How to check if a PDF file is in RGB or CMYK?

I have sent a PDF file to a printing company and they came back telling me that it is in RGB but should be in CMYK. It is strange as I really tried to make everything in CMYK (working with Adobe ...
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How to get the best results printing white text with small font-size on a rich black background

I need to produce a document that has a flat rich-black (C60, M50, Y40, K100) background and text that is white on top. The text is set at 7pt in a monospaced font (PT Mono Regular 400). What can I do ...
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How do I create this CMYK effect in Photoshop?

I assume there’s some channel separation but I can’t get an image that’s the same result.
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Blur effect becomes grey-ish and colours flat when transformed into CMYK

I need your help. I am trying to convert my RGB poster into a printable CMYK poster. But when I change the "neon like" headline to CMYK colours and the document color mode in illustrator the ...
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Match screen colors to printed colors (not vice-versa)

I have a book detailing different color pallets of traditional Japanese colors, and I want to use one of these color pallets in designing a website. The issue is, the book lists all the colors in CMYK,...
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Considerations for a producing a multi-color logo

I'm working on a logo where the client ask that I incorporate additional colors. I currently have a two color logo, orange and green, and they want the orange to transform into the red. This makes ...
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I've designed a logo with RGB colour gradients. How do I find the exact CMYK or Pantone colours for print?

I have designed a logo with a gradient of 3 RGB colours. I'm liking the colours for digital but now I want to duplicate the logo with CMYK colours for print. What is the best way to do this? Is it to ...
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How do i properly make .tif in CMYK for printing?

I created a banner that my boss wants to print out. The printing company needs the image in CMYK and as for format, I wanted to use .tif . I have never used that one before or prepared banner for ...
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How many possible colors in CMYK?

I have been looking for maximum possible colors in CMYK over internet, but all I Got it was RGB possible color 256^3.
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RGB to CMYK color in printed books [duplicate]

I write and illustrate children's books. I scan my illustrations to jpeg and then create the book in InDesign. The proof always looks great but the printed book illustrations are awful. I have tried ...
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How can I change CMYK and Registration colors to RGB in Scribus?

I need to convert all of my file's colors to RGB. Most of them are already RGB. There are 2 CMYK and 1 Registration. I can edit the RGB colors into CMYK with the Edit button, but not the other way ...
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How can I convert a Digital Image into a "Pointilism" Template for use in a real life minimal design?

I recently saw this article about a man using pointillism with "push pins" to make the face of the CEO of Pinterest. https://www.fastcompany.com/1670620/watch-this-guy-draw-pinterests-ceo-using-22765-...
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How to pick CMYK color in round figure

Is there a way in Adobe Illustrator to pick CMYK color value from any part of a multi-color object in a round figure like this: C- 95% M- 10% Y- 25% K- 5% not like this: C- 95.23% M- 10.15% Y- 25% K- ...
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Trying to get CMYK look in RGB profile, it is possible? This is not RGB to CMYK problem

this is my first time here. I work for a magazine that is online and in print. We have the problem that the online versions are much more vibrant than the printed versions, and we have received some ...
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When printing, how thin is "too thin" for use of rich black vs standard blacks?

I've read up a bunch of posts about the differences and understand about misregistration, etc. I also realize it will probably vary somewhat depending on the actual printing equipment, ink, and paper ...
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Using png files in illustrator for printing invitations

I purchased some pictures to use on party invitations, it said all files are 300 dpi, RGB, transparent background. They are a png file type I have opened the file in AI and copied the parts I want to ...
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Photoshop colour changes CMYK value when picking

I can make an RGB document, choose a black of say C, M & Y all at 20% K at 100% fill this colour in. Now when running picker on it, Photoshop reverts it to its generic black! I never had this ...
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Adobe Illustrator Vector colors appearance, hex code, RGB and CMYK completely different when opened on another computer

When I send my AI to my colleague, the colour appears to be different in her computer. And is not juz the appearance issue, the entire Hex code, RGB value and CMYK value were totally off. We both are ...
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Print true CMYK

I'm trying to see what my local print shop's self-serve printer's cyan and magenta, and various shades of them look like. If I create a graphic in Adobe Illustrator that contains R=0,G=255,B=255; R=...
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CMYK value for luxury gold

I'm designing a flyer, and want to use a bright gold for the logo/header text to convey a sense of luxury and professionalism. Making the printed flyers glossy should go some way to achieving this, ...
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Printing flyer design on home printer turns out muddy

I designed a flyer in Photoshop, consisting of bright text over a dark stock image, and tried to print it on my own printer to get some idea of what it would look like when professional printed. ...
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Finding the Yule-Nielsen factor

I have a rather technical question. I'm trying to find the Yule-Nielsen factor n in the equation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neugebauer_equations I've read that n is empirically derived from the "...
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Text over background colored getting a weird yellow border

I'm working on a logo using illustrator. I just put a black text over a red shape and my text is getting a boring yellow border around it. In this case, shape is red, but whatever the color I use, ...
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How do I ensure a CMYK cyan that works in Red-Blue stereoscopic printing?

I've been given a solid black design that I have to print in a manner which is view-able through 3D red-blue stereoscopic glasses (Old school 50's cinema type) When I offset the design into Red-only ...
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How to export a design with transparency in CMYK?

I made a design in a document with CMYK color mode and exported it to PNG with transparency to send to an online service that prints it on goodies (mugs and hats on Vistaprint, if that helps). The ...
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Conversion from CMYK to RGB - everything becomes greener (sometimes)

I am working with a publisher (Oxford University Press) and they require images to be supplied as CMYK. That's ok - Colour accuracy isn't 100% important. I prepare my figures using RGB, then convert ...

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