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create_cymk_pdf_for_printing [03.06.2015 14:31] (current)
Pascal Suter created
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 +====== Create CYMK PDF for Printing ======
 +i once designed a red logo with inkscape which only knows rgb. i set the color to 255 0 0 (RGB) and created a pdf which i sent to a digital prining service. they printed the document and all my logos where rose rather than red. 
  
 +in order to fix that, back at that time, i used adobe illustrator,​ opened the pdf and simply converted the color scheme for my logo from rgb to cymk.. i had it printed again and it came out red, which is what i wanted. ​
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 +today i don't have a windows machine anymore and i don't subscribe to adobe software, so i need a new method to convert an rgb pdf to cymk for printing. ​
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 +luckily there is ghostscript,​ which can do this fairly easily: ​
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 +  gs -dSAFER -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -dNOCACHE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sColorConversionStrategy=CMYK -dProcessColorModel=/​DeviceCMYK -sOutputFile=banner_4c.pdf banner.pdf
 +keep in mind that this will auto convert rgb to cymk which in a way isn't really possible, so this is not the right solution if you need to have an exact color in the end.. in that case i think "​scribus"​ might help.