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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Using the PANTONE official values when converting to CMYK?

I'm not a graphic designer and I need some help regarding Pantone colors. Although I work in the design field my main job over the years is 3d modeling for architecture and industrial design, so ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pantone CMYK Values don't add up to 100 - How to make the ink mixture?

The Pantone CMYK Guide has colours which have values as follows: CMYK = 0,25,56,8 The total does not add up to 100, therefore how to interpret these values into percentages?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...