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 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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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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What's the difference between CMYK Black and RGB Black

I know this sounds a stupid question, black is black right? Wrong: It's black right? so why are the CMYK Values so far away from black?
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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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Illustrator/InDD - Grayscale layers combine to CMYK

Problem I have a grayscale eps image that is throwing CMYK errors with Acrobat preflight. Output Preview show no CMY values - only K, but the preflight errors will cause problems when we send it to ...
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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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Closest CMYK conversion of Pantone 021C

Pantone to CMYK conversion is always a pain to deal with, but does anyone have experience with coming up with the closest CMYK conversion of Pantone 021C? According to Pantone website the CMYK value ...
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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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CMYK in notebook looks different in other media

I usually do my works in Photoshop in an Asus notebook. The problem that I'm having is that whenever I save a picture in CMYK format it looks fine everywhere I try to visualize it in my Asus, but when ...
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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 ...
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What is HSB really?

Can any of my graphics designer friends explain HSB to me? I know it's hue/saturation/brightness and I know what those three do (for the most part)... I understand the algorithm of creating colors ...
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Mixing cmyk colours [closed]

I have a cmyk colour of 0,40,50,0 I want to change the magenta value, the 40%, to redder colour 0,67,70,28 And see what the resulting CMYK colour is. How I can go about doing this?
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RGB to CMYK with best results

I'm currently designing a mockup for print but unfortunately the logo extends some colors that are only available in RGB. I was trying to convert a pretty agressive RGB green (#afff00) to CMYK but ...
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When should I use rich black?

What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print? explains what rich black is, but when should it be used? If it gives a "blacker black", why not use it for all black elements in a CMYK ...
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CMYK profiles issue

When I’m working on a CMYK file with a SWOP Coated profile in Photoshop, I can convert my QR code color to true black (K=100%) by opening a new work space with the same dimensions but changing the ...
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Can Illustrator convert jpg (rgb) image to cmyk when saving PDF file?

Can Illustrator convert jpg (rgb) image to cmyk when saving PDF file? Indesign can. Just wondering if this works also for Illustrator.
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Need help troubleshooting live paint, shape builder tool

I have packaging that is created with lines (paths). I need to color some of the parts of the packaging. I am having difficulty using various tools to create a shape from my paths (shape builder, ...
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Check colourspace in InDesign

So I've seen this answer on here: Indesign RGB color space But I'm wondering how do I tell what colourspace is currently applied to a document? I think the one I'm currently working in is set to CMYK,...
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If I make a design in RGB mode and then change it to CMYK how will it look when it's printed?

I'm making a business card in Photoshop and it needs to be in CMYK mode. Now, I'm using a logo on it that I previously made for the client in RGB mode and when I put it into the CMYK mode business ...
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CMYK colors dont add up to 100% ? Whats the trick to mix a color?

I have a formula for mixing a CMYK-OGV color that I want its C:0,M:16,Y:0,K:0,O:0,G:0,V:0. I got my formula from the Pantone CMYK Extended Gamut guide that was created to create Pantone shades using ...
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Why does the color of my image change when it's reviewed on a mobile device?

I exported my vector CMYK file from Illustrator as an RGB image. On my customer's mobile, the colors change and he can not review the work to approve it. What can I do to display the correct colors?
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For Print: Changing a CMYK logo to gray and bringing back to CMYK (in illustrator)

I am doing a print CMYK ad piece. The logo I need to put in the ad is currently a colored CMYK .svg file. It also has a gradient in it ( which makes things more complicated). I think it will look ...
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Converting Word 2013 to CMYK print-ready file?

Is there a way to convert a sign designed in Word 2013 to a CMYK print-ready file? It is for a 3' x 6' vinyl sign. We are trying to retain two gold accent symbols, the gold line, shadowing, etc. ...
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CMYK colours wrong on export in Illustrator

I am making a flyer on Illustrator. It has a grey background 0,0,0,30 is the CMYK value. When I export to any format or even in RGB the grey seems to have a red hue to it. How do i get a realistic ...
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Total ink coverage on CMYK digital printing

Is there a simple way to calculate ink coverage when printing from *.pdf ? I work at a digital printing studio and just got a new machine. With the machine came some cost tables which provides info ...
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Illustrator: which artboard size for logo design

Can you tell me what size of artboard should I use in Illustrator and also what kind of settings should i do like CMYK vs. RGB while making a logo. Going to use this for print mostly, but also ...
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What do (CMYK/8*), (CMYK/8)* and (CMYK/8#) mean in Illustrator and Photoshop?

In Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, what are the differences between (CMYK/8*), (CMYK/8)* and (CMYK/8#)? If anyone can explain what these marks (* - #) mean.
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How to choose a PMS colour close to a certain CMYK value?

How do I get a Pantone (PMS) ink colour similar a specified CMYK colour? Is it possible that in some cases the PMS swatch chosen doesn't eactly match the CMYK colour? How would you go about this when ...
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Saving a document in photoshop CMYK turns SOME black into gray

I am creating a rather big photoshop document 3000x3000 which i want to print. I thought i took all the precautions: CMYK color mode 300ppi save as pdf and so on Still when i save the picture as pdf ...
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How do I make screenshots look good when printed in CMYK?

When printing screenshots alongside black text, black areas of the screenshot look a washed out "muddy dark grey" and "washed out". What causes this and can I improve the black color area?
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Size of PSD in CMYK increases trifold after adding a photo

I have a 8640x12120px poster template in PSD. It is in CMYK and has a size of 120 MB. After pasting a 8640x4790px 4MB JPEG photo, the size of PSD file increases to 350 MB. Is there a way to avoid ...
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Illustrator CS2 not saving CMYK values

I'm using Illustrator CS2, and my document is 8bit CMYK. I saved an AI file with black composed as 100%, 100%, 100%, 100%: I saved it with these options: If I open it again and use the Eyedropper ...
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What is 5-colour printing?

When my print rep talks about five-colour printing, what does he mean? I know you have cyan, magenta, yellow and black - but what's the fifth?
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How does a monitor display the CMYK color? Is it actually showing the true CMYK color?

Suppose I'm designing something for printing purposes. Then I need to stick with CMYK model. When ever I'm choosing color while designing, I'm setting color based on what my monitor shows me as CMYK. ...
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serious RGB to CMYK issue for book printing [closed]

I´m having a serious problem with RGB to CMYK conversion on my artwork. I create all my artwork in photoshop, using images of scanned fabrics to make collages. Most of my files have many layers. Up ...
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Convert CMYK to Ral color no [duplicate]

I know the CMYK code.(100, 64, 0, 75) I want to know the Ral color for this code. I need help from someone I know.
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Is converting tiff (CMYK) to png (RGB) and back again lossless?

I need to convert a bunch of tiff (CMYK) images to png (RGB) to process them through a certain program, and then convert them back to tiff (CMYK) again. As far as I know, both formats are lossless. ...
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CMYK export illustrator to JPEG and/or PNG

I need to export my illustrator artwork to a JPEG or PNG. I checked everywhere to see is my file was in CMYK and also my colors. Everything looks alright. But, when I export my file it seems that the ...
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RGB/CMYK/HEX to Pantone Reference for Print and Solid Chip

I'm originally industrial designer. Recently I have been designing a whole new branding for a start-up I'm working with, and obviously there is a lot I need to figure out still. Everything was going ...
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how to change the workspace color window from RGB to CMYK mode in Illustrator CS5.1?

I'm using Illustrator CS5.1 and started a new document in RGB mode. When I change the color mode to CMYK under File > Document Color Mode > CMYK Color, the Color window in my workspace doesn't ...
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CMYK converted color from RGB looks off

I'm creating a brand, and I used a color as the primary color. When I went on to create a paper for print with that color, I copied the HEX value into Illustrator with CMYK mode and the color looks ...
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How to pick CMYK colors in Adobe Illustrator Paragraph Styles?

I'm trying to set CMYK colors to a Paragraph Style on Illustrator CC but it seems impossible to get over the preset colors list, mostly colors in RGB. Is there a way to choose colors I want in CMYK?
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Why does Illustrator changes the color of an object when I copy it and paste it in another Illustrator document?

As the title say, I've got this issue with Illustrator. I'm working on a CMYK document and if I copy and paste an object to another CMYK document, the colors of the object changes in an "unsaturated" ...
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How to prepare pencil sketches for printing in a book?

I have a selection of pencil sketches that need to be prepared for print in a book (think standard paperback). I'm trying to work the best way to remove dust, bring the background up to white without ...
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Odd outline in Adobe Illustrator [duplicate]

I wonder why the circle on the top has weird outline. My zoom is set to 100%. I am working in CMYK color mode and this is my settings.
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Why is color appearing different between pieces designed for print?

I have recently designed an A5 leaflet in Photoshop and a Standard Business Card in Illustrator for print (Working CMYK). I have saved both documents as PDFs and have tried using several of Adobe's ...
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Illustrator wrong CMYK color

I have a question according to CMYK colors in Adobe Illustrator. When I make a CMYK color in the swatches section with the value of C0 M0 Y0 K90, I get a brown-ish color, why? I want to make a black-...

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