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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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How to find the best matching CMYK color for this color?

Does anyone have an idea how to find the best matching CMYK color for digital print for this mint green color? HEX: #8BFF85 RGB: 140/255/133 Thanks for your help!!!
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In Illustrator, how to replicate exactly the displayed CMYK mode colors in RGB mode?

I have a two stop gradient in CMYK color mode (FOGRA). After converting the document to RGB mode (sRGB), there's a slight color shift between the two gradients. The RGB gradient is a bit redder/darker....
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Is there any way I can get my cyan printed correctly?

I am writing a book about indefinite integration and I want to use some color (especially in graphs). So, I figured I would use my favourite color, which is cyan (#00FFFF), and in the computer it ...
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Why is CMYK needed when printing when RGB+color profile can provide the same?

I see some professional printers asking for documents using CMYK instead of RGB. But I don't understand how it is better than RGB with an appropriate ICC color profile. Indeed, if my understanding is ...
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How to make a gradient based on perceptual interpolation in Illustrator?

In Photoshop, there are gradient options like "perceptual", instead of only the default gradient like in Illustrator. In Illustrator, I believe gradients are not created based on a ...
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Is there any list of which PMS spot colors are reproducible in CMYK?

Is there any list of which PMS spot colors are reproducible in CMYK? And a list of which Pantone colors are out of gamut for CMYK?
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Offset printing 4 color text vs only tint of black

I'm setting up a process color offset printed letterhead and I have found thin 8pt (Acumin Pro Light) text--address line--set as a 4-color break (C38 M29 Y24 K5). Is it better to convert this to a ...
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What program is best for what I'm after - procreate, Adobe Fresco, other?

I need to create illustrations for a book I'm working on that I will be able to print at A4 size (maximum) in high quality of colour, but also use these same illustrations for images on my website. I’...
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Darkened and less saturated photos when exporting in pdf for print

As I am preparing my photos to be printed for the first time I wanted to ask for your advice. Let me explain what I did and what I am not sure of. at first I changed profiles from RGB to CMYK FOGRA39 ...
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How to set up and export illustrator file for a huge digital billboard?

photos are much bigger than the pixels artboard and need the finale saved jpeg to be 1MB. When setting up illustrator file for a huge digital billboard what the best way to save and export the file?
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How can you get bright colours to print such as bright Cyan, Teal or Green?

I'm in the process of creating my brand colours and I want to achieve a bright Cyan but any bright colours just appear dull in CMYK. There are 3 big brands I know of that use very bright colours in ...
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How to choose the right colors for print in cmyk?

Hello I am creating this business card below: So the green color I used for the icons is the same as of the logo which has these values below: My question is, are the CMYK values ok? I will be ...
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Illustrator changing my CMYK values even in a CMYK document

My illustrator is changing my cmyk colors and even swatches to random numbers, I was changing CMYK red to 98% yellow 97% magenta, and now worse, it changes cmyk black to 70%c, 67%m, 64%y, 74%k. Mind ...
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What should be done to a vector file when creating a business card?

Hello I'm creating a business card Size 90mm by 50mm It's going to be printed by offset printing And I am using CMYK color system for the colors, the color of the icons for example the values are like ...
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Selecting colors for print design

I'm designing a brochure to be printed, so I'm using CMYK color system to design the brochure. I bring all the colors from this website: https://mixam.co.uk/support/cmykchart So I don't pick colors ...
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Issue with color profile of CMYK image

TL;DR I'm chasing a color problem that occurs for one of our images. That image appears in different green tones in different viewers. The source image Notes Most image viewers will render it light ...
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Recolor artwork (Illustrator): Colors don't match up

I'm currently working in Illustrator (CMYK, Fogra39) and the colors on my artwork are nice and deep, but when I want to recolor them via "recolor artwork", the colors displayed are a lot ...
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Customizing CMYK Halftone Screens in PDF Files

I am looking for a way to adjust the halftone screens of each color channel in CMYK PDF files using Python. I would like to enhance the perceived print resolution of the files using techniques such as ...
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Any freeware programs for CMYK .tiff?

So, I'm a grad student trying to submit a scientific paper for publication. One requirement is that all graphs need to be .tiff with CMYK colors. Graphs were made in R and Inkscape, and that's pretty ...
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Pantone or CMYK for Product Label

We have redesigned our product labels for our supplement brand and want to know from professional graphic designers and print savvy individuals if most product labels you see in retail stores use ...
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Colour management - matching CMYK to clients pantone

I have an HP latex 335 large format printer and utilise SAI software for the rip etc. I have a client who requires a print that matches there Pantone. My question is I have discovered the colour ...
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When is it really worth it to convert RGB to CMYK (If printers do it anyway!)

Since it is very overwhelming and doubtfully necessary, is it a good idea to depend on printers (RGB to CMYK) auto-conversions to produce usual printing needs? (When Spot Coloring isn't an option for ...
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Is there a workaround to modify the file and be able to print (in CMYK) the effects using the ‘difference’ blending mode in Illustrator?

I have offen encountered this issue when working in RGB using the Difference mode under the Oppacity panel, and would want to save the artwork (attached image) for printing. When converting the file ...
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Printing in Light Gray - what tint percentages work?

I have a publication with many light gray boxes (K-100%, tint 10%). I'm trying to design a Code style that will work both in the white-background normal text and in those shaded boxes. We liked the ...
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I sent a large Illustrator file to another person. Why are images missing? What image format should you use to place images?

I have been preparing artwork for a vinyl album jacket, inner sleeve, etc. A friend offered to check these for me before I bothered sending them to the pressing company. I put three very large ...
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how to export a pdf without color profiles or color management for print?

First time posting here after reading a lot. I have to send my design to the printer for vinyl artwork. Now the printer specs read: "Color room is CMYK and / or spot colors, without color ...
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Changing color after I save SVG in illustrator

I am working with Adobe Illustrator, and my company has given me this mascot file. But the problem is that whenever I am saving this file as an SVG it is changing its original color. Please see the ...
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RGB and CMYK Colour Modes

I designed a book cover in Photoshop in RGB Colour Mode, as it was going to be used as an eBook cover. However, I now need to design a full wrap book jacket which needs to be in CMYK Colour Mode. When ...
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Converting an RGB 300 dpi image to CMYK it changes DPI to 72. How can i keep the same DPI? [closed]

thank you for your replies. I am new here and i didnt explain correctly. So let me explain better the situation. TASK (What i want to do) The initial file is .png and has these settings: 333 dpi, ...
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setting up CMYK gradient's to transparent on top of other CMYK colors? ("Overprint Fill"?)

I stepped away from print design for a while and forget somethings and I have rush job. With latest version of adobe illustrator and setting up CMYK gradient's to transparent on top of other CMYK ...
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Opacity gradients fail in CMYK and FOGRA 29

Following Conversion from RGB to CMYK loses mesh gradient transparency , I replaced the mesh gradients with simple transparency gradients in Illustrator CS5.1. Note that the blue and red emojis have ...
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Conversion from RGB to CMYK loses mesh gradient transparency

I purchased and adapted a vector graphic in RGB that I want to send to a printing bureau. The directions state: When uploading: Convert text to outline Remove template lines before saving Keep the ...
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Converting image from RGB color space to CMYK and removing ICC profile

I generated several figures for a manuscript using Lucidchart and exported these figures as PDF. Because the journal I am submitting to requires images to be in CMYK color space, I used GIMP and the ...
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why do printers always suggest bitmap for black and white images?

If I have two virtually similar files: 1200DPI Bitmap TIFF, placed in InDesign with 100%K 1200DPI CMYK TIFF, same art as #1, lineart thresholded and now at 100%K And both are on white backgrounds (...
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Print color mode and print flier size

Am using coreldraw X7, so can I use RGB color mode for print fliers, CMYK is actually producing dull colors which I don't like and also what is the standard size (in inch) for print fliers...
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Exporting InDesign PDF with RGB converted to CMYK, colours look dark and muted?

I am working on a publication in InDesign, working on a 2019 Macbook Pro display, in which there are around 300 links to images. Some images are in RGB, and some in CMYK. Here is an example of an ...
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CMYK and Pantone Issues

What is the difference between CMYK and Pantone? When Pantone is recommended in design and when CMYK? I have a logo which is using C(Blue) 100% and I need its Pantone code, But unable to find it ...
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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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