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Don’t use the Photoshop’s default black color

true black color setting

We recommend use of C=60, Y=40, M=40, K=100 color setting on the black color in printing because any other combination of process color may not get the true black color you are expecting every time. Simply, don’t use Photoshop’s default black to print the dark solid black. It will print flat or muddy black color. On the black text, use C=0, Y=0, M=0, K=100 settings. Your text letters will look cleaner and sharper.

Most print shop recommend use of C=60, Y=40, M=40, K=100 or a similar black color value. With any other combination of process color may not get the absolute true black color you are expecting every time in printing.

The default rich black color varies from application to application. Don’t use these default color values if looking for the absolute pitch dark black color. 

  • Indesign: c-57, m-46, y-47, K-76
  • Photoshop:  c-75, m-68, Y-67, K-90
  • Illustrator: c-56,  m-47, y-47, K83

Be sure to change your process color setting to this value. C=60, Y=40, M=40, K=100 

On the smaller black text, set to richy black value in the preference setting.

If the real black color is something you much have, be sure to consult with your printer about their black color preference.

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