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  • Where do you see that anything is defined as cmyk?

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  • Don Eddy was an airbrush artist who used the colors pthalocyanine green, burnt sienna and dioxazine purple so not quit cmyk but he did restrict the colors he used.

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  • Combined with some practical wisdom and experience like the opacity problem of painting in cmyk this should be standard colour theory for 1st year art students.

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  • If you can find PMS matches, call out the RGB match and ask them to match spot or cmyk equivalent and send you a proof.

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  • I converted to cmyk because that is what my printer wants but I want to make some prototypes of greeting cards first on my own computer to show local stores before they commit to taking them.

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  • New plugins: btn4ws, sprocket-hole, cmyk-tiff-2-pdf, dustcleaner (back again, was removed for stable as it was not mature enough)

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  • no sweat.

    to answer another question concerning the "shade" of black that is standard in CMYK printing: it is called process black

    July 9, 2008

  • Thank you, Dark-O! I stepped out. I too majored in Communications -- now I work as a designer as well! There's a list in there somewhere...

    July 9, 2008

  • the K does not stand for black. It stands for "key." In printing, black is the "key block". Traditionally, black is printed last, bringing the image together as a whole.

    July 9, 2008

  • I surmise that ebony is not used since it's better known as a tree.

    Sad, I always thought that yellow and black were weird being in the same group as cyan and magenta.

    November 30, 2007

  • The shade of black, presumably, that is the darkest. Do you mean that ebony refers to a lighter color? For me it conjures up thoughts of ebony and ivory, and the colors of black piano keys are probably as dark as they can get. Besides, wouldn't CMYI be easier to pronounce as a word? Maybe?

    November 30, 2007

  • It could be inKy black...

    November 30, 2007

  • What shade of black is the Black in CMYK supposed to be, anyway? Because you know, maybe that's why they didn't use ebony.

    And using the last letter seems like a better choice than 'L' (or any other random letter). Using only one letter is certainly a better indicator than say, Bx for Bronx (because 'B' is for Brooklyn).

    November 30, 2007

  • There's a Japanese chiptune group called YMCK; previously I'd imagined the K stood for 'kuro(i)', Japanese for black, but if it's an international thing, presumbly not, and someone perhaps went for the last letter of black. Cf. 'K' in baseball.

    November 27, 2007

  • Hey, I also majored in Communication! Good thing, too: we haven't had many interesting coinkydinks around here in a while... :-P

    Anyway, they should have used E for ebony. Problem solved! ;-)

    November 27, 2007

  • Maybe because those names were assigned to other colors before CMYK was conceived?

    Look, I didn't like 'K' for Black that much either, but I can't think of anything better at this point anyway.

    I'm not really a designer, though I do have a minor in graphic design, and my major was communications, so when you combine those two... the whole system just makes sense to me as a communications tool. Once you get used to 'K' being "Black," that is.

    November 26, 2007

  • Hey, I'm a designer and I resent that! ;-) I still think a better convention could have been used; after all, it is designers who say CMYK and RGB, and they know full well what cyan is. But using K for black isn't helpful at all.

    So who deemed that cyan and magenta would be the names of the blue-green and pink? Why not aquamarine and fuchsia? Or teal and amaranth? Or maybe turquoise and cerise?

    November 26, 2007

  • I guess this isn't something that would make sense to non-designers/printers. The two terms (CYMK and RGB) may come up in the same sentence (and they do, quite often), you don't want to mix-and-match. You also don't want people thinking that 'B' stands for "Blue" in CYMK, because you already have a blue - cyan.

    November 26, 2007

  • Not to mention the fact that this isn't RGB, and there's no B here. ;-)

    November 26, 2007

  • Yeah but why K?

    November 26, 2007

  • Because 'B' stands for "Blue" in RGB.

    November 26, 2007

  • This one has annoyed me for years. Whose bright idea was it to have K represent "black"? Why not B?

    November 26, 2007

  • Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

    November 26, 2007