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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Outline around text on CMYK black background in Photoshop

I'm trying to make a document with one color black (c:0,m:0,y:0,k:100) background with red text on it. However in CMYK the text has this weird grey white-ish edge. In RGB it doesn't show but in CMYK ...
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When saving a CMYK image for web in Illustrator with convert to sRGB ticked, does it automatically convert the image to RGB?

It may sound like a silly qestion but I upload my designs to a website that will later print them onto garments and other stuff. I saw on the website that I should be converting my designs to RGB ...
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Amazon Word Publication File to CMYK

I recently published a short story on Amazon and only the pink color in the text and in the photo were off. They were too dull. Amazon said to convert their template into CMYK colors. Most of what I ...
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PDF: Convert CMYK 100% black to 0% RGB black

As explained elsewhere (1, 2), converting CMYK (0, 0, 0, 100%) black to RGB always results in some dark grey. So how to replace CMYK (0, 0, 0, 100%) black with RGB (0, 0, 0) black? Is there any tool ...
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Colors not displayed properly on screen when saved as CMYK

I've had this issue for a while on all my files that I created and then exported from Illustrator. [here's the scenario] I create an image in Illustrator using CMYK. (I prefer to work in CMYK mode ...
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Can you convert a neon RGB color to CMYK for printing?

I have a logo that was done with RGB colors, now I have to work with this logo to do something for printing purpuses, the problem is that in the RGB version of the logo I have a shade of green I ...
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How to batch convert RGB to CMYK and have black mapped to 0%C, 0%M, 0%Y, 100%K (NOT rich black!)

I have several SVG files (generated by a JavaScript framework) that need to end up as CMYK .EPS files for print. So I made an action for it, changing the document color mode to CMYK, assigning a CMYK ...
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Printing a grayscale image with a CMYK printer

I'm new to the forum and I would like to ask a question. To print a postcard I have to submit my design using a CMYK template provided by the printer (Moo printing). The design is a grayscale image ...
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Color conversion, RGB to CMYK, different values in Photoshop

I'm trying to enter the color #00ADE3, using Adobe Kuler and ColorHexa and another website; when I enter my color #00ADE3 I get the same CMYK(100,24,0,11). My Photoshop gives different CMYK values ...
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Why two identical images forces two different color shade?

So, i have two images CMYK/8 bit to one image I set color #00ade3 to a shape, I then do the same to the other image (also same shape, just bigger) and it forces my color to #04ace3 instead, no way to ...
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AI Color Picker Panel and Pantone Color Finder shows different color values (CMYK, HEX and RGB) for a Pantone Colour

I am working on a brand identity and have finalised a stock colour Pantone 3415U (Solid Uncoated). I am having difficulty finding the matching colour values for the same in CMYK, RGB and HEX/HTML. I ...
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What would happen if I made something - CMYK 100

It would literally be: C: 100 M: 100 Y: 100 K: 100 For a total of 400% color I know you're never supposed to go over 300... but How would this affect: The way it looks on my ...
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How can I find out what RGB colors a website uses?

I want to learn the RGB (or others like hex, CMYK or HSL) details of a color on a website. Say the background of this very website. I want to recreate that color using the code or a graphics software.
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Please help, how to do off registration in Illustrator CS6?

I am trying to do an assignment and I need to do off registration. I cannot figure out how to get into the channels so I can move the colors to be off register. I can only figure out how to get into ...
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Pantone CMYK v. Solid

I am working in illustrator and creating a logo guidebook for a client. When I go to choose my Pantone color from the provided Pantone Color Book, it gives the option of Pantone CMYK and also ...
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Using CMYK build but providing PMS colour number to match?

I've created labels that will be printed and the company requested that it be CMYK build but also asks for the following: I've never really created something for print before so there is a lot that I'...
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Photoshop automatically corrects my color

This is probably a trivial question, however I'm unable to select a given color in Photoshop. I'm using a template in PSD which is set to CMYK and I think that this is the problem. For example if I ...
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Good and Cheap alternatives to Photoshop for CMYK

I have been using GIMP for many years and do not want to go through the expense and learning curve issues of Creative Suite/Photoshop but occasionally I may need a CMYK file. Other than the Separate/...
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Can it be worth to leave documents as RGB for printing with regular office printers?

I know that documents and images embedded in them should be converted to CMYK before printing. Recently out of curiosity I printed both the RGB and the CMYK version of a photo (the CMYK version ...
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CMYK colors different on export in Illustrator CC

I have an Illustrator file with a mint color. It's a flyer, meant to be printed. Illustrator tells me the CMYK of this color is (0.15,0.01,0.10,0). When I use a third-party color picker, and I use it ...
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Help with converting a sRGB image to CMYK [closed]

i have a image which i will send to a site, to get printed as vinyl stickers. The site want the image to be in CMYK (no specifik profile) and 300 dpi. I tried to convert the file to CMYK and 300dpi ...
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CMYK Calculator Has Two Value Fields

I'm using this CMYK Calculator on W3 Schools and there are two fields that give two different CMYK values. I'm not sure why. Does anyone have any insight?
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Designing CMYK artwork on sRGB monitor

Since my monitor is limited to sRGB, is CMYK color space fully visible within sRGB, or Adobe RGB color spaces, or not? Conversely does CMYK have a converted NTSC color gamut % like sRGB or Adobe RGB?
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The colour of my RGB document changed drasticly when converted to CMYK in Illustrator

I have been supplied with some graphics for a large format print. The graphic is vibrant red on rich black overlayed with all kinds of gradients. When I convert the artwork from RGB to CMYK the red ...
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Pantone colours or CMYK for a 1 colour t-shirt print?

I designed and sent a 1 colour t-shirt to the client for the final review and I used black colour on white shirt and white colour on black shirts as i don't know what colour is going to choose yet. ...
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Do I need to change colour settings in Illustrator if printing on uncoated paper?

I've created a CMYK logo file that will mostly be printed on uncoated paper. On screen the colour looks much brighter than I expect it to print. The colour setting CMYK working space I'm using in ...
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100% black problem in PDF exported from InDesign?

Currently I am facing a HUGE crisis about this 100% black not being right for printing and coming out as 4 colours, in my InDesign document. My swatch for the black text is set at c=0 m=0 y=0 and k=...
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Is it possible to use a fully open source workflow for print design?

Is it possible to use only open-source tools in order to produce professional level artwork? Has anyone actually done it? If not, where are the current gaps? Assume I'm producing a small multi-page ...
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Copy/Paste vector object creates spot color and/or transparency

I have two AI CMYK files with a vector object in each. Both, when trying to save to PDF do not show in Summary any warnings. When trying to copy/paste from one AI file to another and then save the ...
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Photoshop: convert PSD file from CMYK to RGB

I have a PSD which was delivered to me in CMYK. I need it in RGB for web/screen use. How do I convert the color space correctly? if I change the color mode to RGB the black levels are still off.
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Why won't Photoshop limit TAC to 300% when using the ISO Coated v2 300% profile

I have limited hands-on experience in color management (even though I've read quite a bit) and now I have the opportunity to send some posters for offset printing to an online printing company that ...
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How to change Black CMYK Values to bring the Total Ink Coverage down for printing?

I am trying to edit a picture that is mostly black with values CMYK - 75 68 67 90 and near and Total Ink value of 300. I am looking to bring the CMYK values of this down to CMYK 40 20 0 100 as ...
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Which conversion process produces better results – RGB to CMYK or the other way around?

I've thought about this question for so long but I couldn't think of a good way to phrase it to be searchable. So I decided to ask you guys, and I apologize if it's a repeated question. If I'm ...
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RGB & CMYK equivalents for Pantone Neutral Black U

I can't find the RGB and CMYK values for Pantone Neutral Black U on the Pantone website. rgb.to says it's CMYK 0, 0, 0, 100 but I am not sure if that is right. Anyone know what CMYK Pantone Neutral ...
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Why do professional print houses use gamut-limiting CMYK?

I recently had some business cards printed, and was warned to use the CMYK colour space if providing TIF files. When I tried saving from Paint Shop Pro to a CMYK, of course the colours came out very ...
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How to convert CMYK combined black to true black in Illustrator?

I want to use a color image, of which most parts are black, as a background. But in the color separation it is shown as a full CMYK color. Using a CMYK rich black is not convenient for me, because it ...
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Can a GIF have a CMYK profile?

While working on an InDesign script that checks the links used in a file I decided to check what color profile has been used on images so I can output it to a log for the user however when I write my ...
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Photoshop colour picker with only colours within the printable gamut?

Something bemusing me: I've been using photoshop for ten years now (admittedly much more in RGB than CMYK), and today a brand new never-before-seen problem presented itself to me. I'm working in CMYK,...
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How to pick a specific Pantone color in Photoshop? What about finding a Pantone that is close to a specific CMYK color?

How would I select a specific Pantone color in Photoshop, e.g. PMS 5625? Also, how do you pick a Pantone colour that is similar to a specific CMYK color, e.g. C61, M41, Y58, K16 green? In this case ...
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Photoshop CMYK Workspace vs Saved Image question

I'm a screen graphics guy trying to transition into print media for some projects, and I've done a ton of research on CMYK Black versus "rich" or "dense" black, and it all makes sense to me. I have a ...
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Illustrator and CMYK or RGB mode when using Pantone colors?

Should Illustrator be set to CMYK or RGB mode when using Pantone colors? Thanks in advance!
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How to Save As Adobe PDF with CMYK Color Format in Illustrator?

I'm currently working on a calendar design on Adobe Illustrator CC with CMYK color setting. From what I knew from my self-taught experience, we should prepare our files in CMYK format for printing ...
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Printing with cmyk and greyscale same document

I have a book being professionally printed which has cmyk images and black and white images (illustrations) which are saved as 20% dot gain tiffs. Would there be any problems printing this from the ...
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What is standard colour of squares or lines printing on paper/notebook?

Are there standard colours of squares or lines printed on a paper? Or I can choose gray, green or blue CMYK colours and ask printing company to print squares in my particular colour?
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Is there an easy way to do coarse halftone color separations?

It used to be a piece of cake using Postscript. But Adobe has long since dropped that feature (so far as I can tell). I have a CMYK design I want to give to my silk screener to do some T-shirts. He ...
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Output colour is different between file types [Illustrator File]

I'm designing a logo and have exported it in multiple formats for the clients use, however the red is appearing different in them. The PNG and PDF [left in the image below] are the same colour, and ...
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How to make my logo color look the same in Web & Print?

My client wanted to use the color #dd0017 as his primary red in his website All along the way we have designed the whole site & the logo in that color (I did the logo in RGB). Now he is asking for ...
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Coworker wants to set up all files in spot color—even when printing in-house

I am working on refining our brand guide and color builds. Another graphic designer in our department thinks we should set up all files with PMS spot colors, rather than CMYK, so that we get more ...
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What images formats support semitransparent CMYK?

I have a semitransparent PNG file in the RGB color space. While conserving the transparency, I need to convert it to CMYK but I am having trouble finding a file format that will accomodate both of my ...
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How to change RGB to CMYK without affecting blending mode? [duplicate]

In Illustrator, I create some designs in RGB mode (eg: glow effect and blending mode), If I drag and drop the CMYK document some blending options are changing. So please give me the solution for this ...

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