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Why am i getting washed out colours?


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Post Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:04 am

Why am i getting washed out colours?

Good Morning,

I've created a background with some artistic lines (which have now been converted to curves), i have filed the lines with fountain fill using CMKY colours.

Problem i'm having is everytime i try and export it (PDF, JPG or PS) all the colours look washed out.

I've never had this problem before, can someone help?

And i'm sure we've all had problems like this when your deadline is super tight like this project is!

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Post Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:42 am

Michael - I don't use x5 so can't be sure but here's a few things to check.

I notice you're using fountain fills. Check that all the elements (colours) across the fill are in CMYK

Is the black you're using CMYK?

When you export to PDF are you selecting (in the settings) Output as CMYK and do you have the apply ICC profile set?

I notice you have a few colour Pallets loaded in the right-hand column. Are you sure you're picking the colours from the CMYK pallet?

Probably plenty more things to check but right off the top of my head these are some of the things I'd be looking at first.


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Post Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:03 am

Is some of it vector and some of it bit map, if so create your design and make it all a bitmap within Draw also insure all colours are cmyk. 100k will not print a rich black use the eyedropper tool to sample the black, toy may find it has the other colours in it as well.
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Post Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:04 am

If everything is definitely CMYK my best guess is you're using 100% K for the black areas. The print preview is simulating how it will look when it's printed.

For black background ares you shouldn't use 100% K, that should only be used for text so that there aren't any registration problems.

Try making a swatch for a richer black, I like 30,30,40,100. Shouldn't saturate the substrate as long as the rip profile is set correctly and most commercial printers will be happy as you're not exceeding a 200% ink limit.

Hope it helps



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Post Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:25 pm

Thanks your guys for getting back to me!

I've tried and checked everything you guys have suggested and still no luck!!!

I'll keep trying differant things, as its a rush job might be quicker to come up with something else!

Thanks again!

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