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## Color panel--what do those numbers mean?

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I know that this is basic, but I can't find the answer in the InDesign user manual, neither did a quick search through this forum show me the answer.

I have some (gray) text selected, and I look at the color panel and I see this:

What do these numbers mean? One says 75%, another says K=70, another says K=52. What is the gray value for this text? Why are there three different numbers?

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When you created the color you applied to the text, you chose a CMYK mix of C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=70.

Then you used the Tint slider to make a 75% tint of the color. So 75% of K=70 gives you this result: C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=52. (A Tint is a lighter value of a color.)

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## Color panel--what do those numbers mean?

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May 13, 2020

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I know that this is basic, but I can't find the answer in the InDesign user manual, neither did a quick search through this forum show me the answer.

I have some (gray) text selected, and I look at the color panel and I see this:

What do these numbers mean? One says 75%, another says K=70, another says K=52. What is the gray value for this text? Why are there three different numbers?

Thanks

When you created the color you applied to the text, you chose a CMYK mix of C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=70.

Then you used the Tint slider to make a 75% tint of the color. So 75% of K=70 gives you this result: C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=52. (A Tint is a lighter value of a color.)

I recreated it here:

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When you created the color you applied to the text, you chose a CMYK mix of C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=70.

Then you used the Tint slider to make a 75% tint of the color. So 75% of K=70 gives you this result: C=0 M=0 Y=0 K=52. (A Tint is a lighter value of a color.)

I recreated it here:

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If that answer is helpful to you, can you please mark is as correct: It will provide an answer to others as well.

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