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Printing wrong colors

Discussion in 'RIP Software & Color Management' started by rightnow, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. rightnow

    rightnow New Member

    Jan 21, 2010
    Hello guys,

    I'm a pretty noob at this, but has read alot of threads regarding color management. (Excuse my english, im swedish).

    My Setup: Mimaki CJV30-100 with Rasterlink 5 SG

    I have configured my Adobe Creative Suite to use Adobe RGB (1998), together with CMYK: ISO Coated v2 (ECI). I use the same in Rasterlink. My monitor is calibrated.

    I'm trying to print a one-color PDF with CMYK color 51,32,27,16. On my screen its a blue/gray with a touch of green. But it ends up really blue/purpul, not even close.

    When i check the PDF in rasterlink, and hover the color, it shows me the correct CMYK values. So it should be right, no color conversion.

    Its not just this PDF, but im working on this one to get it close to right, if thats possible.

    Can anyone give me any hints? I can send you the PDF if its any help.

    * Can you guys check your screens/printers, is 51,32,27,16 blue/gray with a touch of green, or is it in fact purpul?

    * It would be good to know if its my printer that cannot do any better than this, or if its my screen that shows incorrect and my printer is right.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

    Feb 3, 2010
    Racine, WI
    unfamiliar with rasterlink, but if you're setting up CMYK values in illustrator and do not want them modified by RasterLink.... there should be an "All ICC Profiles Off" option somewhere in your rip software.

    the value you gave, 51 32 27 16, is a navy/grey blue
    should print just fine.

    another option, if you like, is to setup a swatch in Illustrator for those values and set as a "Spot Color"
    and you're rip software shouldn't modify it at all if you have the "Preserve Spot Colors" option checked (wherever it may be in RasterLink, if at all... which it should)
    comes in handy if you're printing rasterized images that you want rasterlink to assist in profiling colors for the printer, but want to preserve your CMYK values for vectorized objects in the file.
  3. rightnow

    rightnow New Member

    Jan 21, 2010
    Yeah, there is an option on both RGB and CMYK side to turn off ICC.
    A checkbox i think. I can try that and see what happens!

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