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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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 that under CMYK color model. Unlike simpler color model 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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Sample files for different image modes

I'm writing a python application that processes images. I've recently noticed, that various images behave differently and pinpointed the issue to the image mode. The library I use, offers support for ...
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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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Colors Issue with CMYK/8 in Photoshop

I want to invert and replace colors in an image: More precisely, the objective is to incorporate it in a dark grey CMYK/8 .AI file with the following background color: Usually, I open the image in ...
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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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Reduce CMYK colors within range in Photoshop (how do I do it?)

I'm working on a large set of graphics I need to have printed as flashcards - but I'm being told I have to ensure each graphic's total CMYK value is under 200. Manually fixing every color in every ...
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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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where does black come from in CMYK color mode?

I don't understand how black can be added in CMYK color mode. So green is made up of 85% cyan, 14% magenta, 100% yellow and 2% black. But I thought black is created by combining 100% of cyan, magenta ...
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InDesign: Convert RGB to CMYK for clean gray colors

When I convert gray color swatch from RGB to CMYK InDesign transmit that as a mix of C, M, Y, K. How can I convert that values to K only? The goal is to get clean gray colors on print output. ...
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InDesign: how to link PNG files for CMYK printing

I have an issue with PNG FIles in Indesign and could not find an answer anywhere...maybe I am stupid. I placed various PNG Files with transparent background in INDESIGN = good. When I export as PDF ...
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How to correctly save a file to CMYK and PMS formats?

I finished my new logo and always I make a logo, I pick CMYK format, thinking on print and vector first. I created a color scheme using Adobe Color by setting up the HEX values. As you may know, Adobe ...
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Why is CMYK & PNG not possible?

I needed to convert an image to PNG format so I have a transparent background. Unfortunately, CMYK isn't supported by the PNG format. I just wanted an image with a clear background so I can have that ...
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How to batch change all instances of pure CMYK white to a shade darker for printing

We are a printing company that transfers RGB to CMYK. However when printing CMYK White comes out as transparent (which makes a lot of our art look...not great). We are handling thousands of designs so ...
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How to fix ink coverage over 320%

When preflighting a magazine advert, I am getting a warning about ink coverage being over 320%. The problem is that the colours causing this are in an image with a green filter. Unfortunately I cant ...
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Can the RGB Colour Space recreate all colours within the CMYK Colour Space?

The obvious answer, to me, is that the RGB Colour Space is capable of reproducing the CMYK Colours; for the simple fact that the CMYK Colour Space is fully consumed within the RGB Colour Space as ...
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How should Colour Ranges, that exceed 4 colours, be referred to?

I am aware that CMYK is a Colour Gamut used for Printing, representing the following colours: C: Cyan; M: Magenta; Y: Yellow; K: Black. What I have not come across are standard terms used, when ...
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Would a 5+ Colour Printer output any noticeable improvements on Prints of Artwork captured by Camera/Scanner?

I wish to create reproductions, of various pieces of Artwork I have created; using a variety of Paints. The obvious first step would be to create a digital copy using a Camera or Scanner etc. Once a ...
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Is there a loss of quality when converting RGB to HEX?

The graphic designer sent me the colors in RGB, I know I can convert to hex easily, but last time I tried to do that, RGBA to HEX on another website I noticed a slight difference so I ended up using ...
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Better way to handle colors for printing

I am paper bag manufacturer, on daily basis we are dealing with graphic designers and printing operators. Often I am receiving orders for 2-color or 3-color printing. I conveyed the same message to ...
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Editing photos for CMYK printing

This question is a follow-up on this earlier question here As I am attempting on printing a photo-magazine in black and white, I am losing rich blacks in my photos when converting them to CMYK and ...
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Print deep blacks in CMYK photo magazine

I am very much a novice when it comes to working with printing and colour values and I am using InDesign for the first time. I am working on an all black and white photographic magazine, which will ...
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Converting an RGB image to CMYK with a specific black? (Photoshop)

I would like to convert a lot of RGB images to a CMYK where the black is 20, 20, 20, 100. By making a custom CMYK and using separation type GCR and 22% UCA I can get pretty close. But I can see on ...
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Converting from CMYK to RGB (to work with it), then back to CMYK

I am trying to make designs for printable products (shirts, mugs, phone cases, ...). I heard about the issue of the RGB and CMYK colors when printing. I am using Inkscape for my designs as it is a ...

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