Interesting question & reply, printing CMYK, what´s your thoughts?

Interesting question & reply on printing CMYK, what´s your thoughts?
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Quote: “The key in CMYK printing is the paper” and the ICC profile “

One of the things I found important to bring up in my written tutorial/article for COREL the CorelDRAW X5 Guidebook ”Insights from the Experts”, was – ”insight”. What we in sweden call ”Från ax till limpa”, from ”farm to the table”. It´s so important for anyone new to things and who like to start a career or buisness to get the the really hands on  experienced tips & tricks.

And for many CMYK & ICC colour profiles is simply just a terminologhy, and nothing hands on as they never visit a print shop. And hence loose out on important knowledge.

This morning I whent online on, and there was a humble and  ordinary but important question. And equally important answer. The question was why his CMYK print came out less good and what Colour settings for CMYK he should use. And he mentioned he used JPEG & EPS. Ariel Garaza Diaz ( Twitter)came to the rescue like so many times before. Ariel with the experience of an experienced printer guy (with experience working in both europe & south america) simply said: ”Dont ever use JPEG or EPS to print CMYK. Instead use CorelDRAW file format CDR or PDF. (CDR because the user is using CorelDRAW).

And Ariel then gave more important information for anyone who his new to printing CMYK, and that ”hands on” in the print shop, those who are not in a print shop useally know about.

Ariel said ”The key in CMYK printing is the paper” and the ICC profile ”use.. color profiles, … according to the paper”. ”ie for Coated paper use Fogra39 or ISO Coated v.2. For cardboard use ISO Coated v2 300%. For common paper use Fogra27 or ISO Uncoated Yellowish.”
But like Ariel also importantly states ”there is no universial color profile, regardless of program version or which program to use, be it from Corel or Adobe or Quark.

And then of course, to get a good print you dont only need a great machine, paper and so forth, you need a great printer staff.LIke Ariel 🙂

What is your take on this?
Any advice to share?

Please comment below

Ps 1 Here is Ariel´s gallery on

Ps 2. I highly recomend reading the Literature from Corel you find in the X5 or X6 Guidebook, printed and bound book, and in the Program via the Welcome screen or ”Start/Program/ CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6/Documentation. And the great book on prpinting and colors by David Milisock


Stefan LIndblad
Illustrator, Graphic Designer & artist



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  1. Hi, Stefan! Maybe I should have elaborate more the answer, but I did not want it to be too why not JPG? because the file compression cause data loss, creating unwanted areas called ”artifacts”. Of course, JPG is good for web, because is small, and if you will send to plotter, JPG or EPS are good options. But not for commercial offset printing. Most of the users never adjust their color settings according the paper, and if the result is wrong they think is an error of the program. More than this,s ome designers believe they should not adjust the colors, because their work is creative and color adjustments are something technical, something that does not matter for the artists. Respectfully I do not think so, the ideally is each artist has control over their work, and on your printed output from the beginning to the end, and not leave it to other such adjustments.
    And of course, paper is important but not all is paper, and it’s not only paper. Why on some paper types appropriate to limit the total amount of ink to 300%? due to the absorption of each material, if there is too much ink may stain with the other sheet.
    Something that many designers do not consider is that the colors will change according to the type of paper. Is not the same to print on glossy paper on a plain paper or an envelope. For some, the Pantone Guide has a color palette for coated papers and other for uncoated papers. The same ink (ie Oantone Reflex Blue, Pantone 286, etc) will look different on each paper. This is very important, for example, if you want to print a logo on business cards, brochure, envelope and A4 sheet. In each type of paper will come out different colors.

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