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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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 ...
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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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