[thelist] CMYK Crash Course THANKS

Janet F. waxplanet at sunflower.com
Tue Sep 5 12:45:56 CDT 2000

Thank you so much!  This is exactly the information I was looking for!


> CMYK is an abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (K). They are
> the four colors that are used in printing. Typically, when you use a
> graphics program, you are creating the artwork in RGB color (Red,
> Green and
> Blue), the colors used by computer monitors.
> When you have your artwork printed, the printer or service bureau often
> requests that the artwork be in CMYK format for their particular process.
> You will usually convert the artwork to CMYK when you are finished and it
> has met client approval. However, whenever doing artwork that goes to a
> printer or service bureau, do not depend on the client to give
> you the file
> info unless they are VERY knowledgeable! Always get the name of
> the printer
> or service bureau and speak with them directly. They will almost
> always have
> specific directions on how they want files prepared, especially
> if they are
> using a different OS. Make sure you know just how the piece will
> be printed
> or used by others and don't be afraid to ask the printer or service bureau
> to explain "anything" you don't completely understand.
> You can usually find more info on CMYK and printing processes by doing a
> search on the graphics program you are using and finding relevant
> newsgroups. There are also books devoted to the subject, but for your
> immediate needs, find a newsgroup and some web sites that deal with your
> graphics program.
> Hope this helps....
> Patricia Meeks
> pmeeks at msn.com

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