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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Color changes after exporting to PDF from Illustrator

I used 'Save a copy' in Illustrator to export *.ai as PDF files, only to find the color changed unexpectedly. Original color is CMYK(0,0,0,95) but it has a red hue when viewed in Acrobat. I have read ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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