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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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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CMYK to RAL or PANTONE conversion

A client needs to produce a large logo for their front office and the production company requires us to convert the CMYK 40,48,77,17 to RAL or Pantone. I have never been faced with such a request and ...
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CMYK to RAL code [duplicate]

I know the CMYK code: CMYK: 0/100/100/0, RAL: ? CMYK: 100/75/10/70, RAL: ? I want to know the Ral color for this code. I need help from someone I know. MH
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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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Convert CMYK into K only

Using InDesign I created the interior of a 352-page book. It is supposed to be black only. But some of the diagrams in the book have hidden CMYK values. I created a PDF from InDesign. The PDF retains ...
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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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Do I want to convert or just tag with the CMYK profile?

I have some images to send to the printer. The printing company wants them in 'CMYK' but doesnt offer any other information. I've read up quite a bit on this but most info that I've found seems to be ...
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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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Photoshop: how to change from RGB to CMYK without any color loss

I have an RGB PSD document with 300 dpi resolution. Basically I designed it to print as my business card. When converting this from RGB to CMYK, my original colors are changing. Is there any way to ...
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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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Why is Illustrator changing my CMYK numbers?

Am attempting to print separations for a T-shirt. I will set one object 100% black. I will change another object to 100% Yellow. Then when I come back to the first object, these are the numbers: ...
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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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Pantone Color Bridge vs CMYK Color Guide

Color Bridge Coated vs CMYK Coated What is difference in CMYK colors from Pantone Color Bridge with colors from Pantone CMYK Color Guide? What does the CMYK color simulation mean in Pantone Color ...
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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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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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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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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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Opacity problem over white object in Illustrator

I have a problem. I'm working with an object at 50% opacity. When it's over the artboard itself the color looks great, but when I put a white object behind it I get this weird color that doesn't look ...
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What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print?

My question is what kind of black should I use when printing. At the moment I use this black (split into CMYK): C:0% M:0% Y:0% K:100% It looks fine in InDesign or Illustrator but if I save a PDF ...
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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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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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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: 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 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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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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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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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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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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Problem converting RGB to CMYK for print

Below you find the design for our business cards. The triangles are yellow, as you can see outside of the canvas. However, inside the canvas, only when I set the Color Mode to CMYK, they appear pink. ...
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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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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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RGB to CMYK pdf using various ICC profiles: should I see the differences? [Inkscape + Ghostscript]

I've designed a poster in Inkscape 0.91 (on Linux) to have it offset-printed. The printing company requires a CMYK pdf file that uses the ISO Coated v2 (ECI) ICC profile. Inkscape does not allow ...
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Copying The Colors' Values

I hate when I repeat this task on every Branding project...Copying the colors' values, is there a plugin or an easiest way to export all color values (Spot, CMYK and RGB) to text from the color ...
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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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How should I match Pantone / CMYK / RGB colors for my designs?

I am going to buy Pantone (C/U) and CMYK (C/U) patterns. How should I choose the colors for my designs? First CMYK, then Pantone and RGB last?
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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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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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Changing to CMYK Color Mode Negatively Changes Texture Color That Was Made With Photoshop Colorize Tool

I'm an eCommerce entrepreneur designing packaging for my product and have encountered a problem while wanting to print some packaging with a printing factory. They accept only CMYK color mode, so ...
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ArchiCAD / Illustrator — working with CMYK color?

I have a bunch of work in ArchiCAD that contains colored backgrounds and black linework. Exporting this to a color PDF results in RGB separations. Is there a way for ArchiCAD to export designs to ...
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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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RGB and CMYK - what to expect when printing

I've designed some artwork which I originally planned to only print myself (on my home laser printer), and so I worked in RGB. I've since decided to do a print run in CMYK (outsourcing to a 4-colour ...

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