CS3: CMYK black prints as gray

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by ppc_michael, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. ppc_michael Guest

    ppc_michael

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    I've been working on a thing in InDesign CS3, and the text is set to CMYK black. InDesign adjusts it properly so that it displays true black on screen, but when I actually print my document, the text is a bit gray.

    This also happens in Illustrator.

    What's up with that?
     
  2. bexster macrumors newbie

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    I've not come across your problem - maybe thats cos i rarely print 100% - generally if i want to print black i do 100% black & 40% cyan.

    Maybe google your printer make and model and known issues with CS3? I always have printer issues with new updates of Quark -usually its a printer driver out of date somewhere!
     
  3. rjfiske macrumors regular

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    Yeah from what I understand this is actually normal behavior believe it or not. 100% K and 0% of C M Y isn't in fact true black. True black (or rich black) is 100%K and some percentage of the others, as bexter made reference to.

    I believe Steve Holmes from Total Training recommended 20% C, 40% M, 50% Y and 100% K but don't quote me on that. Deke McClelland recommends 40/40/40/100, also again from memory. Other users, PLEASE feel free to correct, as I don't do a bunch of printing.

    See this for how to view this onscreen when using InDesign or Illustrator:
    Rich Black Preferences

    Hope it helps!
     
  4. Belly-laughs macrumors 6502a

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    I had the same issue with both my printers from AI and InDesign. It´s a profile/PostScrip/printer setting issue, I think.

    I tried the "richest" of blacks, still they printed grey. Printing a PDF of the documents from Preview made the black print as expected. Fiddling a bit with profiles and settings on the printers sorted the problem.
     
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    My usual rich black is 40C 20M 20Y 100K... dense enough but won't flood. Been using it for years.
     
  6. ppc_michael thread starter Guest

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    Oh! Thank you, adding some CMY worked. I had no idea!
     
  7. tsd macrumors regular

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    adjust settings

    You can adjust the color settings in the program's Preferences panes to always output rich black also. That way you don't have to worry with the percentages, though I do prefer having the control over how my blacks output.
     

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