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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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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Batch convert eps files to CMYK

I have 35 individual eps files that I need to convert to CMYK colour mode. Is it possible to run a batch process in Illustrator or Bridge? Otherwise I will have to open, convert and save each one ...
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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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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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