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CMYK color is not displaying correctly

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Hi, 

 

I am working on a brochure in InDesign, but the CMYK color that I am using looks different than the actual CMYK color. I've attached screenshots of what the color in InDesign looks like versus what it is supposed to be.

 

Does anyone know why this might be? I'm newer to Indesign, so please respond with easier instructions/language. 🙂

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CMYK color is not displaying correctly

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Hi, 

 

I am working on a brochure in InDesign, but the CMYK color that I am using looks different than the actual CMYK color. I've attached screenshots of what the color in InDesign looks like versus what it is supposed to be.

 

Does anyone know why this might be? I'm newer to Indesign, so please respond with easier instructions/language. 🙂

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You do realize that your screen is RGB? So you always see a RGB  rendering of the CMYK color? And you do know how to set your colour managent correctly, how to profile your display and how to turn on a softproof rendering on screen?

If not, make sure you do and know those things first. Then only rely on a printed Swatch book, that is how it will print (if you have all setting and profiles set correctly of course). Without the correct profiling, rendering and softproof you always have a different RGB-rendering on screen.

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"I'm newer to Indesign, so please respond with easier instructions/language. 🙂"

 

Ah, let me try again: it is normal, your screen is not CMYK but RGB remember? Trust a printed Swatch book. If you want to 'trust' your screen you will have to invest in more knowledge on the subject 😉

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It looks like your conversion chart is from the Adobe Color website?

 

Web based conversion charts are not color managed or reliable— a CMYK or RGB color’s appearance would change depending on the output device, and the color profile assigned to your InDesign document.

 

If you want to use Adobe Color for picking color themes and need CMYK values, use the Lab value and convert the swatch to CMYK in InDesign or Photoshop, which will give you a color managed conversion. If the color is in the CMYK gamut (it’s printable with CMYK inks), the appearance will be maintained when you make the conversion.

 

Here you can see the conversion from your Lab color to the default US Web Coated SWOP CMYK profile is 0|28|5|0:

 

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