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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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Photoshop CMYK Printing Trouble

The Left side is what the colour looks like in Photoshop, and the right is how it looks once saved as a .tif (Both are CMYK) Will the right side be printed in the left's colour, or the colour that it ...
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Should blending modes ever be used for logo designs?

In a vector editor like Illustrator, blend modes do not work in CMYK mode; blend modes only work in RGB mode. My logical conclusion is that you should never use blend modes on a logo design, because ...
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Best Practice for colours that are different between applications

I am trying to create a colour swatch for a brand based on the branding guideline supplied by the original designer from around 2014. In their branding guideline they have supplied the following ...
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Illustrator Creative Cloud Pantone conversion

I am using latest Illustrator, colour settings Generic CMYK. Artworks will be printed in CMYK. I have been supplied with Pantone colours that will need to change to CMYK for print process. When I ...
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Pantone-like color matching for latex 6-color printing?

For print design with 4-color process, I've used the coated version of the Pantone Color Bridge to select colors. I'd like to select similar, perhaps wider-gamut equivalent colors to be printed on ...
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Why does illustrator invert my images when i export as CMYK?

I have this problem on Ai-cc, whenever I export-export as.. eventhough my document is in CMYK and on the final step I export as CMYK my image's result is that the colours are inverted. I have to ...
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Printing a drop shadow gradient transition to transparent in CMYK

I am attempting to print an image of a bowl of food with a drop shadow that gradually transitions to transparent on a white background. The shadow renders beautifully within Adobe Illustrator, but ...
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How to Export in both in RGB and CMYK in Affinity Design?

How do I export a logo in both CMYK and RGB in Affinity Design, provided that the Logo design starts with a template that is in CMYK? I mean when I start a new file, it asks me to choose the colour ...
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Brand color not available in cmyk

I have my own brand but everything I have done so far has been rgb. I wanted to get started printing some business cards but the color that our brand uses isn't available in cmyk and turns into a very....
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Why CMYK values of (100, 100, 100, 0) isn't pure black? [duplicate]

If I have an RGB value of (0, 0, 0) I get pure black. Now, since CMY are the opposite colors of RGB - shouldn't (100, 100, 100, 0) in CMYK mean pure black? Why is this equivalent to #363639, which is ...
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What was there before ICC profiles?

It's a general question of desktop publishing. I sometimes wonder what notions where taking place where we now have ICC profiles (and there PCSs). Which are computer notions, materialized by files (...
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Small Brown Text for Print Register, avoid blur text

I have two paragraph of 10pt texts in my postcard design. One on white, and one on an image. Both text require using brown color. Currently the values is at C42 M65 Y96 K41, I am worry that the result ...
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Can individual CMYK inks be used in CMYK color mode?

It's the first time I'm printing in CMYK. I can't understand a basic thing. For example if I want to print a shape filled only with cyan color, can I fill it with CMYK(100,0,0,0) (only one ink used) ...
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Find a good colour match from an RGB to a CMYK / spot colour that will print well

I have a hex colour #0d152c, which is a corporate colour, when this is converted / printed in CMYK the colour doesn't convert well when printed and looks a bit washed-out because obviously CMYK has a ...
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Outer glow in CMYK vs RGB

I am creating this graphic in Illustrator and InDesign. It is using an outer glow with the same magenta color as the fill of the shape. Normal blend mode 100% opacity. I would like to get a similar ...
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Why is my inverted black layer coming out grey instead of white, when using CMYK colourspace?

I have an RGB vector file with lots of layers, one of which is a bitmap containing a mixture of pure black pixels and 100% transparent pixels. This layer has a live invert filter, which changes the ...
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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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Problem with colors when making a CMYK document

I'm making my portfolio and as I understand, everything that has to be printed has to be set in the CMYK color mode. So, I chose CMYK. I'm using Illustrator CC 2018. The file tab shows the information ...
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Are CMYK toners fluorescent in typical color laser printers?

A typical laser color printer uses four toner colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) to be able to print different colors. Are the individual toner colors typically daylight fluorescent? For example ...
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Alternative formulae for CMYK to RGB conversion for display on screen

I am writing software to extract text sections from PDFs and render on screen for analysis; I need to display the text on screen in the colour from the document. When the PDF contains CMYK colours at ...
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Match projected RGB to printed CMYK

We produce projected slides (RGB) and printed posters (CMYK) that sometimes appear adjacent to each other. We find that the same graphics looks very different in the two mediums. How can we adjust the ...
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CMYK image in Indesign changing RGB images on the same page to CYMK?

I'm using Adobe Indesign to write my Chemistry PhD thesis. I'm far from an expert in publishing/design, so please forgive me if this is a simple question. I am having an issue with an few images that ...
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CMYK values keep changing in RGB/8 colormode, CS6

EDit: The Image is in RGB mode and it needs to be saved as an PNG! I need to change the CMYK values of a logo to C:16%, M:100%, Y:79%, K:5%. But after I confirm these values, no matter what method I ...
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Split CMYK channels into separate images or layers using Krita

How can I create separate greyscale files from color channels in Krita. I need separate CMYK channels for screen printing.
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My photo is not CMYK and I know nothing about graphic design - advice?

Such a vague question - I tried to keep it general, sorry! I want to use a photo I have for an album cover on a site used to order custom CD cases. I uploaded it, and it said it needs to be 300 dpi (...
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Does MS Office really support cmyk colors

Does MS Office really support cmyk colors although it is shown in fly out menu in colors but some tutorials say it's just to make us happy.
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Why does White on Orange give Yellow (CMYK)? [closed]

I put white gradient (white to zero) on orange in CMYK-doc and receive Yellow. What does that mean? Visual bug?
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How to find the CMYK or RGB value of a commercial paint color?

I have a client who has chosen a paint color for their office and they want to carry that exact color onto everything from signage to website to business cards as their "brand color". Is there any ...
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Accurate RGB to CMYK conversion [duplicate]

I am trying to print out a simple picture (below) that is composed of sections of the following RGB colors: 255,0,0 255,0,255 0,255,0 0,255,255 0,0,0 I am using this image for color sensing (...
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RGB to CMYK conversion problem

There is a situation where I have to transfer colors in Hex Format (from an app) to Adobe Illustrator. But I need to extract the exact CMYK value (that was assigned in the previous app). Long story ...
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Working in CMYK mode but the colors turn out different when saving the file?

I was working in CMYK mode in Illustrator, saved in CMYK mode, but why did the colors turn out different? I saved the image in a JPG file. I don't know if this is bug or not, but I also dragged the ...
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Does the gamut of a CcMmYyKk printer differ from that of a regular CMYK printer?

I have access to a CcMmYyKk inkjet printer at work and it seems to my eye that results are smoother (which makes sense since there would be less halftoning going on), but also that we are able to ...
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Should you convert or only assign a color profile when wanting to preserve color appearance?

Context: I am preparing a design to be sent off to a professional printer. I will print the exact same design on both coated and uncoated paper, requiring FOGRA39 and FOGRA47 respectively. In ...
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Small text and safe CMYK values to ensure as crisp text as possible

I am working in an InDesign magazine where I need to have a fair amount of small text (10pt) in many different colors; thus impossible to use only one additional spot color. My concern is that if I ...
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Illustrator CC changing color of half my file on PDF export [closed]

Using Illustrator CC, we save all our CMYK illustration files in PDF format. I just encountered a file where the copied half of the file (the design just copied over to the second half of the paper) ...
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Adobe Illustrator | RGB vector looks all black when I import it to CMYK artboard [closed]

Colorful RGB vector I've downloaded from Vecteezy looks all black when imported to CMYK artboard. I can't change the color after importing to CMYK artboard either. How can I fix that? What I've done: ...
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Convert varying opacities of a CMYK colour into a spot colour

A project I am working on has all raster/bitmap illustrations in black and orange colours. The orange at full power is 0, 50, 100, 0 CMYK. The artist in some places of the illustration has used ...
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Why is Photoshop changing my CMYK numbers?

I have my image mode set to CMYK. But as soon as I enter 0 C, 0 M, 0 Y, 50% K, it changes it 43% C, 35% M, 35% Y, 1% K. Attached is a screenshot. How do I remedy this?
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Should I alter my new logo to specifically use Pantone colors?

I’ve started at a new company doing 3D architectural visualization. Having a degree and background in graphic design, I’m now working with the marketing department to update and rebrand the company’s ...
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When CMYK art contains white objects on a colored background, do I need to knock-out white?

I have to design a printed poster (cmyk) for a trade show. It will be in Adobe Illustrator. The copy is all white and the logos in it are too (well, one logo is all white with some 'less opaque' 50% ...
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Using the PANTONE official values when converting to CMYK?

I'm not a graphic designer and I need some help regarding Pantone colors. Although I work in the design field my main job over the years is 3d modeling for architecture and industrial design, so ...
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Help! What color palette should i send to printer: CMYK or Pantone? [closed]

I'm totally newbie in printing production and now I need to print something that requires high color correction (be as close as possible to the colors on design file). So what color palette should i ...
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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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If I edit a design from PDF in Acrobat Pro DC, is it print ready without further steps?

The original PDF (which I want to edit) has previously been sent to a printing company with successful results. The PDF was sent in CMYK color mode so colors post print were as expected. If I edit ...
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Best transparency method to achieve CMYK offset effect

In Illustrator, using pure color shapes (100% cyan, 100% magenta, etc.) what’s the best method to overlay them so this effect is obtain (colors blend together, instead on merely being added one on top ...
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I want to automatically and randomly stitch / combine images as square tiles onto a DIN A4 canvas

Suppose I have a folder of different images, all different in sizes and resolutions. I want to randomly choose between 6 and 18 of these images, scale, crop, and combine them as square tiles onto a ...
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Colours in InDesign different in Illustrator

I've created a logo in Illustrator CC for print in CMYK color mode. I've saved it as a PNG to import into my flyer I'm creating in InDesign. However, the colors appear different. The logo in ...
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Do PNG images print CYMK?

I am designing a logo for teespring... I have used Microsoft Word for font, then exported word to PDF, which I have then saved on my Sony Xperia. I then take a screenshot of the PDF (as it is open on ...
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Can't choose CMYK in Illustrator print colour management

I'm having an colour issue when printing. I've been using a Mac for the past 2 years and I never had color problems when printing. (The colours resembled the same as the ones on screen). Now I had to ...
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Changing colour mode of black in InDesign

I was under the impression that, to convert the colour mode of an InDesign document, you just had to modify Edit > Transparency Blend Space and change the colour mode of all swatches. But I've ...