Choosing Correct Colours - What was the quote on the DTP Index page? "I have got my image on the #@%## screen, why can't you output it?"
CMYK Color - Bitmaps, Channels, & the CMYK process
The CMYK Color Space - The Colors of Printing
CMYK Colors - Here are some RGB values based on a CMYK progression which gives a much better shade and hue progression.
CMYK color problems in a document or PDF file (FrameMaker on Windows) - CMYK color problems in a document or PDF file (FrameMaker on Windows)
Color Schemes: CMYK VERSUS RGB (What's the difference?)
Color Separation - The act of decomposing a color graphic or photo into single-color layers. For example, to print full-color photos with an offset printing press, one must first separate the photo into the four basic ink colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK). Each single-color layer is then printed separately, one on top of the other, to give the impression of infinite colors.
Color Separations and Duotones - View the PDF version of this file: Brochure.PDF This is a "Brochure" which is designed to be printed on the front and back of a piece of paper, then folded in half, like a book.
Converting a process color PDF to a highlight color PDF - We have a couple of PDF files that were generated from Quark files that do not currently exist. They contain items (some graphic, some text) that are process color. We need to take the PDF file and generate a highlight color PDF file (one color and black). Any suggestions? – Abrexroth
Deliver Spot Color Impact Using Process Colors - Spot colors: you can’t live without them…but it’s hard to live with them. Spot colors are an essential part of a wide variety of print jobs. Printers and buyers demand spot colors whenever a design specifies large areas of flat tone, detailed knockouts, small screened text, and whenever corporate or brand colors must be matched. They are critical for printing the vibrant out-of-CMYK-gamut colors popular in commercial and packaging designs.
Electronic Prepress: Working with Color - Specifying Colors
Four Color Process Printing Easy - I will be the first to say that 4-color process printing (referred to as "process color" in this article) is not for everyone. I also feel that if you just follow the rules, printing process color doesn't have to be any harder than a detailed tight registration job.
Important Information About RGB and CMYK - Many graphics software programs give you the choice to work in either RGB or CMYK. These are called "color spaces".
Pantone to CMYK accuracy in Quark XPress - Someone in a forum I visit asked why he gets incorrect color when converting from Pantone to CMYK in Quark XPress. While I do not have the answer (though I have a guess or two), I do have a solution. It's not the most elegant solution, but it works.
Solid To Process Guide Coated - The PANTONE®
solid to process guide shows what happens when you reproduce
PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® Colors in CMYK
Process Color - Unlike Spot colors, which use a different pre-mixed ink for each printed color, Process color is a system of using four standard inks and mixing them on the press to create a wide spectrum of different colors.
Process Color and the Computer - Resolving the Color Matching Dilemma
Process Vs. Spot Color - When combined, the four process inks--cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, or CMYK for short--can produce a wide range of colors, often far more than you will need for your project. However, if you must match a specific color, let’s say for a logo, in some cases the process “build” of that color will be muddy. It will lack clarity and crispness.
Separations: Different Colors on Different Plates - Examples of color separation, spot color, and process color; Table illustrating selected CMYK color mixtures.
Spot vs Process Color - In "Making the Transition: Web to Print", I mentioned things a Web designer needs to be aware of when translating their graphics for print purposes (also known as repurposing graphics). Understanding spot colors is one of the things you'll need to master.
Spot and Process Colors - Before going into the details of the subject let us understand the way of printing. If you have certain printing job to be done you have to decide what type of color printing you will go for. And the decision depends upon many factors like, type of job, cost effectiveness, necessity etc. You have two options available for printing any type of job in color.
Spot vs. Process Color - Recognizing the differences
Understanding Colour - RGB & CMYK
What Is CMYK Color? - CMYK refers to the printing inks used in four-color process printing. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black are the colors used to produce full-color photographs and designs. (An approximate representation of these colors is below.) These colors can be combined and printed to emulate a wide number of other colors. If you look carefully at a printed color photograph in any magazine or book, you'll see that it's made up of rows of tiny dots called a halftone screen. The dots work together, at different angles, to fool your eye into seeing a full spectrum of colors.
What is Process Color? - Process color refers to the CMYK color model used in offset printing.
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, [...]
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I
As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I
It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]
When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients
Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone [...]
Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship
Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]
Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II
If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]
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