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piscvau

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same color swatches for Inkscape and Scribus
« on: January 02, 2017, 02:53:48 pm »
Hello,
I am using INKSCAPE to create SVG graphics and Scribus to  create documents.

I would preferably use the CMYK color definition for the scribus documents.
When I import the SVG graphics Scribus changes the color  and I need touse the  "replace colors tool" to comme back to CMYK. This is pretty dangerous.

I tried to define a color palette for INKSCAPe that I could use in scribus, but the palette format do not seem to be compatible.
Can you help?
I thank you in advance.
Piscvau

One more question : what is the meaning of the red dot that shows in the palette window as in the attachement below.

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Re: same color swatches for Inkscape and Scribus
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2017, 04:16:18 pm »
Welcome to the forum Piscvau.

I'll let someone else answer your question about using CMYK definitions - I don't use CMYK myself - but I can probably answer your last question to help things along.

(I'm assuming that you've got Colour Management switched on and it's properly configured. CMYK is pretty useless without a properly configured colour space and a mis-managed colour space can actually make things worse than just leaving it switched off.)

The dot next to a colour indicates that the colour is a "spot colour". Edit the colour and you'll see "Is Spot Colour" checked. A spot colour is normally used to indicate to the print shop that either you want to use a very specific colour which has already been agreed upon, or to indicate that a special ink should be used.

For example, say you wanted to use some metallic silver on your finished document. You would create a colour that looks light grey (or whatever) and make it a spot colour. Then you would tell the print shop that this specific colour was to be substituted with the metallic ink. The print shop would use metallic ink where you have used this spot colour.

It can also used when a customer has a very specific colour that absolutely has to be the colour they want. (Maybe there's a "company blue" or you need "Ferrari Red".) You indicate that the colour is a spot colour and make sure that the print shop knows to use your special colour when they print the document.

Either way, you're making sure that, no matter what the colour looks like on-screen, it will always be printed a certain way.

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Re: same color swatches for Inkscape and Scribus
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2017, 04:35:52 pm »
…it will always be printed a certain way.

to be more precise: a spot color will be printed as an additional colour. it won't be mixed from the standard cmyk components.

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Re: same color swatches for Inkscape and Scribus
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2017, 05:15:30 pm »
Thanks utnik. That's what I should have said.

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Re: same color swatches for Inkscape and Scribus
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2017, 07:45:51 pm »
Replying with a question - long ago, I understood spot color to be a color premixed to be exactly right, and that the spot color is not created by halftone mixtures of the set of CMYK one might be using. So, if I want a spot color, say a neutral gray, my ink might have white and black ink mixed so that a 100% coverage would still be gray, my gray.

Is my understanding right?

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Re: same color swatches for Inkscape and Scribus
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2017, 12:18:07 am »
…my ink might have white and black ink mixed so that a 100% coverage would still be gray, my gray.

Is my understanding right?

yes. as long as you're aware of the fact, that 'your gray' will be mixed before it goes to the print press.


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