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 converting RGB to CMYK colour changes in print output

I am designing a poster in pink colour in RGB mode. The printing person ask me a CMYK file. I changed the mode to CMYK and send it to them, but when output comes the colour totally changes, it turns ...
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Will digital printing be able to match RGB better than offset printing?

I have a client who insist on using a lapis lazuli ( Royal Blue ) color because its part of their brand name. The rgb value is about R20, G30, B225. Can this be printed? Will digital printing be able ...
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Should blending modes ever be used for logo designs? [closed]

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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Why are my printed colors duller than expected?

Basically, I've designed a booklet on Photoshop CC. It's an informational booklet so it's quite vibrant with lots of colours and pictures in it. I've finished it and exported all the files into PDF ...
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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 print a pure C , M , Y , K color using a regular inkjet printer?

How to print a pure CMYK colors in a regular printer? Let's say I would like to print a pure cyan or a pure magenta in a regular printer. first I work in a CMYK document .. but when sending the file ...
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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 tools can I use to create Fractal Art?

There are many fractal generation softwares such as the free Xaos and Fractal Architect 2. I normally use Mathematica to generate fractals and process them later with editing tool but this time have ...
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Does Ink Manager use official Pantone recommended values?

I was wondering if anyone knows if you use the Ink Manager to convert Pantone Spot Colors to CMYK in InDesign is the outcome an official Pantone recommended value?
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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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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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Why are my converted CMYK blacks coming out grey?

I'm having a rather annoying problem! I have RGB images made in Photoshop that I need to convert to CMYK. When I save the file my black background is converted to a light grey! I tried deleting my ...
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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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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 converting color from RGB to CMYK for print

I designed a poster in CorelDraw X5 for printing purposes. I was told by the Printshop guy to use colors only in CMYK. For the most part I did, I don't know why I missed it but I used one color in RGB....
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Best way to produce PDF files containing CMYK images

I've wrote a program that uses iTextSharp to produce PDF files. I'm currently producing PDF files used solely for print (personnal and professional) that contain CMYK images. The source images are ...
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Is it normal to send a CMYK file without an embedded color profile?

I've been sent a number of CMYK tiff images for some custom processing in Photoshop. These are expensively-shot images (Hasselblad digital body, full studio setup, already processed in Photoshop CC) ...
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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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Compose CMYK from separated layers after editing in Krita

Using Krita 2.9, Linux or Windows 8: I open a flat RGB image in Krita and change its color space to CMYK using SWOP profile. Then I separate the image into its C, M, Y, and K components. At this ...
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Photo in sRGB with black and white parts converted to CMYK

I know it's an often topic but haven't found any solution for my problem. I`m working on a book with lamp photos - I was adjusting photos in Photoshop in sRGB mode. For instance, I have the lamp on a ...
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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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Exporting in CMYK in Affinity Designer?

I use Affinity Designer, and I found that although I create the design in CMYK colour model, when I export it as a .jpg or a .png file, the design reverts back to RGB colour model? Is there any way ...
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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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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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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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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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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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CMYK color related to RGB / hex - different online than in Adobe [duplicate]

I'm working in a palette where for each color I have: - hex value - rgb value - cmyk value I was working with online tools like http://www.color-hex.com/ The thing is, for the same rgb/hex value I ...
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Color values change between Illustrator and InDesign

I've googled and searched here for an answer to my question but haven't been able to find anything. I designed several pieces of collateral, all using the same single color. Some of the pieces I ...
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Color management from monitor to print

I need to design a box packaging and need help with color management of the work - formats and combinations. My company printer doesn't print correctly. Should I just look at the print out and see ...
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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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Converting bar code to CMYK "True Black"

I have .tiff. Part of the .tiff is a bar code. My printer is insisting the bar code be converted to 100%K - CMYK "pure black". (Their words) A couple obstacles: The Bar Code has been scaled up. ...
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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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Integrating a photo into a "black" background for print in Illustrator?

My print knowledge has gone a little rusty so I was wondering if someone might be able to clear something up for me. I am designing a box which has a photo that fades into black around the edges/in ...
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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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