Episode 106

Episode 106 – The CMYK Episode

by heathenx

In this screencast I demonstrate how to use a couple of utilities to convert an RGB image created in Inkscape to CMYK. I used Inkscape version 0.47.

There are several applications and utilities to choose from in order to convert an RGB image to a CMYK image (Gimp w/Separate+ plugin, Scribus, and tifficc deserve mention) . In this screencast I show just two: Imagemagick and CMYKTool. For Imagemagick I have provided a text file with the commands that I used. Currently, my personal favorite is CMYKTool due to its simplicity with drag-n-drop. :)

NOTE: I made a mistake during the screencast when I converted the CMYK TIF to CMYK PDF with Imagemagick. I included an input sRGB color profile when that was absolutely unnecessary. I think I was paying more attention to the output color profile than what I had for the rest of the command. I believe it converted just fine but it might have confused a bunch of you. Whoops! I fixed this in the provide text file.

If anyone would like to post their current workflow for CMYK (if they have one) then please do.

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82 Responses to “Episode 106”

  1. Richard Carter Says:

    I tend to use Inkscape to Photoshop – bit of a cheat on the old open-source front, but Photoshop tends to do what I expect, and (relatively) painlessly.

    I have found one problem with this workflow, though – if your Inkscape canvas is exported as PDF (and possibly PNG, can’t remember!) without a background (ie, transparent background), Photoshop has a habit of cropping the imported canvas to the first object within your canvas (which can crop a lot of whitespace/bleed out for print) by default – just takes a little play around with the default settings in Photoshop to fix.

  2. Martin Says:

    Fantastic job. A note for Inkscapers out there . . .

    It’s tempting to think that if a $50 desktop printer does a good conversion, a professional offset printer should do the job even better . . . some printing services (like the one I used) will actually tell you everything will be fine, but it won’t, and I’ve got 1250 ugly business cards to prove it.

    Thanks HeathenX for doing all that research, looking forward to Colour Management.

  3. Paulo Gomes Says:

    i’m on ubuntu 10.04 and using inkscape 0.47 and the simulate output on screen works for me, the only step that’s missing is activacting it in the view menu (color-managed view).

  4. heathenx Says:

    @Paulo

    Tried activating the color-managed view from View menu. Still nothing. :(

  5. Aukeran Says:

    106 Thanks from Barcelona !!!

  6. Fundi Says:

    Thanks for the screencast. Great effort on a challenging subject. We suffer from a lack of Printing companies expertise in this field. Most printers I work with can not tell you what a icc profile is and what they use. Agfa, Kodak technicians come in calibrate set up their systems and do not educate and tell the printers that they have a customized icc profile for their image device.

    By the way my workflow is: Inkscape > png > Scribus with color management enabled. I had a look at CMYK tool and I love that you can see what percentages of CMYK is used where in the image.

    Thanks for your screencasts. They are very excellent and inspiring. What about one using many of the new features of 0.47? before 0.48 is released.

  7. Paulo Gomes Says:

    here’s a demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeJAp9rrEJg

    i’ve just follow your steps and then activating it in the view menu. I’m using ubuntu 10.04.

  8. heathenx Says:

    @Paulo

    Thanks so much for the screencast. I GOT IT! Well, sort of. I got it working on my main home system but it still doesn’t work on a couple of my 10.04 laptops. I haven’t done anything special really except for reboot my computer which I rarely ever do. Wonder if that had some kind of effect. Nevertheless, it appears to be working on the computer that I draw the most on so BIG THANKS, Paulo. :)

    Wish I had gotten this working before the screencast. This is how it was designed to work. Happy now. :)

  9. OCHi Says:

    Big thanks for this tut. Its really cool.

  10. Lazza Says:

    Were you trying to draw a kind of Windows logo? :) Just kidding. :D
    Actually this screencast is awesome, it’s teaching me a lot of things. I’ve got just a question: is it a mistake that you draw on the printing guides level? Should’nt they be above of all the drawings? Thank you.

  11. heathenx Says:

    @Lazza

    Yup. I would call that a mistake too. I suppose one should turn on the page border through the artwork too.

  12. cb2k Says:

    GLad you’re back with the next episode and it looks like a whole new dimension for me :]

  13. Lazza Says:

    heathenx, could you point us to a tutorial for screen calibration under Linux? Thanks. :)

  14. heathenx Says:

    @Lazza

    I suppose it depends on what you have for a colorimeter. I have a Spyder3Express (which as a company is not Linux friendly but it works anyway). I can give you my steps which I noted under Ubuntu 9.10. Works the same for 10.04. My notes are based on Jon Cruz’s instructions. I modified them to suit my needs. Also, I recommend Gnome Color Manager (in the repos) to load your color profile on boot when you’re done calibrating. GCM is still experimental but I’m using it in 10.04 and it seems to work well. An xcalib script is the other option for loading a profile. Works just as well. Hope this helps you. :)

    Notes: http://bit.ly/bdxl5Y

  15. Lazza Says:

    So you need some hardware… ok. Thank you for the instructions. :)

  16. s. fröhlich Says:

    thx a lot – i waited so long for this and got a lot of answers – colour profiling is such a big theme you cant cover evrything on a single screencast – but this one did his job more than excellent. I´am really excited. Again thanx heathenx for this good job. still wait for your next episode.

    one question – could you publish the commands in a document you used in imagemagick for the conversion to pdf and cmyk?

    Thanks in advance

    Greetings and best wishes from Germany

  17. heathenx Says:

    @s. fröhlich

    There is a link in the episode description above called “text file”. I believe that is what you are looking for.

  18. s. fröhlich Says:

    Good Morning Heathenx,

    thank you, the txt file was right what i looked for. But when i try to compile the cmyk tool i run into another Error. I use ubuntu 10.04. When i compile i use the command sudo ./configure but this ends up with a message that lcms (little cms) are missing. Anyone else with that problem – anyone who have a solution? which commands did you use to install cmyktool?

    thanx in advance and looking forward to hear from you
    or any user who could help me to solve this problem

    Greetings sebastian fröhlich

    P.S. did anyone know a repository or where i can download a .deb file?

  19. heathenx Says:

    @s. fröhlich

    You probably need the liblcms1 packages. Each time you get a compile error just plug in the name of the dependency in synaptic, install the right package, and try compiling again until the error goes away. I don’t remember having these problems since I probably already had the things CMYKTool was looking for already installed.

  20. Paulo Carvalho Says:

    Great video as always.
    Just to say that i have ubuntu 10.04 64bits and color proofing works just fine for me.
    for s. fröhlich if you go to http://www.blackfiveimaging.co.uk and look for a ppa you will be able to install CMYKtool.
    Thank you

  21. Daniel Says:

    Thanks for the video.

    I was recently involved in creating a flyer. To get a CMYK-preview, I used the seperate Plugin for Gimp. The final conversion was done by the printing shop. In that case you are sure that they use the correct color profile and you get the best results.

    Could you please make your videos shorter and more concise in future? Please don’t take it personal, I really love your videos, but I have the feeling that this one was too long-winded and kind of sluggish. I’m sure you could do better :)

  22. Sebastian Fröhlich Says:

    Hello everyone,

    1st i want to say thank you to Paulo Carvalho & heathenx for here coments.
    @ Paulo – i have added the ppa, but there is no resource for lucid until yet.

    just to introduce you – when i tried to compile the cmyk tool i ran into severeal errors
    i wrote the author of the cmyk tool and got a answer very quick. I post you the mail with the answer to prevent other users to do the same stupid thing that i have done ;-)

    Hi,

    > Hello, i tried to compile your cmyk tool on ubuntu 10.04
    > lucid lynx. But i ran in an error that tells me that littlecms are
    > missing. I gave a look at synaptic but found that i allready had
    > installed littlecms.

    I think the package you need is liblcms1-dev – which contains the files
    needed to compile software against liblcms. You’ll also need -dev
    packages for libcups, libgtk, libgutenprint, libtiff, and libjpeg –
    though you may well have many of those installed already.

    > Exist a ppa or a place where i can download a deb package?

    Not yet – but I plan to add packages to my own PPA in due course.

    All the best

    Alastair M. Robinson

    To say in a short, i hadnt installed littlecms dev package.
    I hope this will help anyone.

    Greetings from Germany (yep thats the country with the best soccer team on earth ;-)

    S. Fröhlich

  23. Sebastian Fröhlich Says:

    Little update

    the ppa resource is now online – just follow the link from Paulo.

    All the best

    S. Fröhlich

  24. Sven Says:

    @ S. Fröhlich
    “Little update” re: Germany, soccer
    I am sure you know the saying, One swallow doesn’t make a summer… ;-)
    SCNR

    @ HeathenX and Richard
    Thank you so much for your excellent screencasts!

    Greetings from Germany

    Sven

  25. Anton Katsarov Says:

    Hey, Guys,

    Have you checked this out. It works perfectly under GNU/Linux

    http://www.craig-russell.co.uk/configuring-inkscape-for-cmyk-on-ubuntu-linux/

  26. heathenx Says:

    @Anton

    Thanks for the link. I finally got mine working completely shortly after I posted this screencast. However, I still cannot get it working on all of my Ubutnu machines. I suppose it doesn’t matter. Got it working on the one that matters most. :)

    I read somewhere that a CMYK PDF export might find it’s way into Inkscape in the near future. Keeping fingers crossed.

  27. junapp Says:

    You’ve gone from showing first time users (what originally brought me here) how to change the colours in a gradient to now starting a full blown educational series on colour management. Keep em coming, and ignore the ‘give me everything I need in 3 minutes’ type requests. Heck, I’d enjoy the ‘uncut/unedited’ version so a fella could see what mistakes to avoid. In a previous life I would try and get some professional education credits for watching this series – much more informative than some stuff I’ve had to sit through over the years.

    Just wanted to throw out a ‘thanks’.

  28. ank Says:

    this is exactly what i was missing! great thanks, Heathenx!

  29. Darth_Gimp Says:

    This episode was almost 2 months ago… *cries* I know you are busy, but I need my fix of awesome soon guys.

  30. testerus Says:

    What is the name of the KeyStates program and where can I get it? TIA, testerus

  31. heathenx Says:

    @testerus

    http://code.google.com/p/key-mon/

  32. Martin Says:

    Just occurred to me, for people who are in a hurry (ie the screencast itself is nearly an hour, how long does it take the average user to learn the process properly?) . . .
    Desktop printers must have a program to convert RGB to CMYK, and if you just need adequate (but disaster-free) results, it seems like a program like that could do a fairly good job.
    Is anyone aware of a program that would provide this kind of shortcut/cheat?

  33. Darth_Gimp Says:

    What’s up guys? Are you still doing screencasts?

  34. Richard Querin Says:

    Hey Darth_Gimp,

    I don’t think either of us has given up. We’re just both very busy work and life-wise at the moment. For me, life will likely get back to a somewhat ‘normal’ state probably in late October, and I hope to be back screencasting around then. Not 100% sure of Heathenx’s situation, but I don’t think he’s thrown in the towel just yet. ;)

  35. Darth_Gimp Says:

    ok cool.. just thought I would check the pulse and the vitals.. y’know

  36. Bob Mrotek Says:

    Richard,
    I will wait patiently for your return to screencasting. Many thanks for what you have given us so far.

  37. Michael Says:

    Hey Guys

    please come back.

  38. Richard Querin Says:

    Hi Michael,

    I should be back in an environment conducive to screencasting in the next 2 or 3 weeks. Rest assured, I plan on doing more screencasts. It’s just been impossible for me to do so for the past couple of months.

    RQ

  39. DaFeBa Says:

    Did the registration marks appears in every single layer of the file or just in the black? I Think scribus is the only tool able to make an objetct appear in every ink channel.

  40. Hamid Says:

    I’ve learnt a lot thanks to you. In fact all my knowledge of inkscape is all you’ve taught in your excellent tutorials. Many many thanks.

  41. helpfuldude123 Says:

    i noticed that you’re using a very outdated version of ffmpeg2theora to encode your videos. please use the latest version, it has substantial quality and performance improvements, because it uses an updated libtheora.

    additionally, if you want even better quality, try downloading the “preview” version on their download page. this uses an alpha version of the next libtheora, with even more (significant) quality improvements

    http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/theora/demo9.html
    http://v2v.cc/~j/ffmpeg2theora/download.html

  42. Lazza Says:

    The new version can break the compatibility with some decoders, at least in Ubuntu 10.04 I wasn’t able to edit a ogg video with OpenShot (for example) after recording it with gtk-recordmydesktop.

  43. heathenx Says:

    Regarding ffmpeg2theora, we always used what ever worked the best for us. Sometimes that meant an older version. I can tell you with experience that version 0.25 was an absolute train wreck for me. 0.24-thusnelda (which 0.25 was supposed to be) worked perfectly. I haven’t tried 0.26 or 0.27 since I haven’t made a screencast in a very long time but you can be sure I’ll give it go when the time comes. Working with a single Theora file hasn’t been too much of a problem. However, as soon as we try combining 2 or 3 Theora files together and then try to tidy them up with ffmpeg2theora afterward then that’s when all hell breaks loose.

  44. Pat Jr Says:

    Thank You!!!!

    just did a banner job from inkscape, wish I had read this before that experience, my backs were a bit muddy from the rgb file I sent in. Now I have another one I sent in using the Scribus method to convert the svg to a cmyk pdf file. figuers crossed

    one thing is for sure if I even mention the “L” (linux) word I’ll get an immediate ” we don’t …” OK it can get a little cold out here in LinuxLand, nice to see a sunny warm spot at heathenx.org

    Pat Jr.

  45. Oscar Recio Says:

    Para cuando en video en español o por lo menos algun enlace a una pagina que los ofresca.

  46. none Says:

    why haven’t you updated in so long?

  47. Richard Querin Says:

    We’re not gone.. yet. :) Other things have just gotten in the way instead for a while I guess. See: http://screencasters.heathenx.org/episode-106/#comment-2970

    I hope to post something in the next little while. Not sure about heathenx.

  48. BobSongs Says:

    Well, I for one do appreciate the work you’ve done. It’s all fine and dandy to have free software. But if it ends there, it’s not much use.

    Inkscape is quite a versatile tool, and this site has helped many of us go “Ohhhh! So THAT’s how it works. I get it!”

    So, we wait patiently for up-coming episodes. And if nothing further is released, we’ve still got over 100 episodes to review and commit to memory.

    Thanks again!

  49. Darth_Gimp Says:

    BobSongs… well said.. I do miss fresh new tutorials, but yes we have over 100 here to use. Especially since Richard and HeathenX teach techniques and not just “go here, click this, then put this number in” etc.

    Would love something new on Spiro and such though.. :D

    Thanks for all you’ve shared so far guys!

    Darth

  50. Richard Querin Says:

    Hey Guys,

    Well, it really has been pretty busy for me (assuming the same for Hx). But I’ve not completely given up the screencasting ghost yet. I may do something soon. I really haven’t pushed Inkscape in too many new places and normally all of my screencasts ideas come from work that I’ve done. My problem is that I tend to use the same 5 or 6 tools for everything I do ! :D

    That said, I have done some logo designs and upcoming print ad work that may hold at least one or two worthy ideas to share.

    Thanks for hanging around. :)

    RQ

  51. Luxman Says:

    Hello and congrats for this extremely useful and well-done screencast
    I followed your tips to enable color management on inkscape and I can properly see a simulation of the printer output (in my case profile FOGRA27) but I am stuck on the part regarding colorspace conversion. Here’s what I’ve tried:

    - export to PDF and then use imagemagick convert to create a CYMK pdf. Problem is the new PDF sucks, the resolution is very low, in a word unusable.
    - export to PNG and then convert to CYMK tiff using imagemagick. Here I got a proper resolution but I got some bluish tint that wasn’t expected simulating the same color profile with inkscape. I have to mention that I didn’t find the sRGBColorSpaceProfil.icm inside the file I downloaded from Adobe website, so I used either Adobe RGB or a profile I created for my monitor using LPROF (without a colorimeter) as pointed out here http://www.ubuntufieldmanual.com/?q=node/38
    - Importing the PNG on CYMK tool gives me an error: “Source image must match source profile!”
    I know that I can just send the RGB file to the tipography and they will take care of the conversion using some proprietary software but I would really like to achieve the same as shown in the screencast.

    Sorry for the long post.. :-P
    Thank you! :-)

  52. Lazza Says:

    You can actually tell Imagemagick which resolution to use when converting the PDF. :)

    convert -density 288 …

    Thanks for the calibration link. I’ll try that. ;)

  53. heathenx Says:

    @Luxman

    Well, since you are on Linux, you can try a different method. Install the gimp-plugin-registry package to install the Separate+ plugin (and a crap load of other useful plugins). Open your Inkscape project and export as a 300 dpi png. Open that png with Gimp and go to Image>Separate>Separate and then export the CMYK tiff when done. That will get you a CMYK tiff. Now go to Image>Separate>CMYK Tiff 2 PDF. Find your exported tiff, select your color profiles and export your CMYK pdf. Done!

    For you Windows users, you’ll be able to use Separate+ to export your tiff but I’m not sure the CMYK Tiff 2 PDF is available. In that case you can fall back to Imagemagick (or Scribus if you want to preserve the vector).

  54. Richard Querin Says:

    @heathenx

    Just to chime in here, I’ve used Eckhard’s CMYK TIFF 2 PDF plugin a few times on Windows XP in the past and it seemed to work fine for me.

  55. heathenx Says:

    @Richard

    Thanks! I’ll have to give that a try. :)

  56. Luxman Says:

    Thank you for the info. I have done many tests and I came up with rather confounding results…
    Basically the three tools (convert, CMYKtool and Separate+) can give me different outputs for the same color profiles.. The most consistent result has been an image converted with convert from png to tiff (sRGB to FOGRA27) and a corresponding tiff image with a sRGB profile assigned with convert and converted to FOGRA27 with CMYKtool (which doesn’t accept as input an image without a color profile assigned in my tests…). Anyway no converted image gave me an output similar to that I could see on inkscape using the color management tools… Question is: what will the tipography output look most similar to?…
    The color management world is interesting but very difficult…

  57. heathenx Says:

    @Luxman

    I’m curious. Have you tried tifficc (for Linux and Windows)? It’s an alternative to imagemagick. It might give you another different result.

    Here’s a sample script:

    tifficc -i sRGBColorSpaceProfile.icm -o USWebCoatedSWOP.icc -t intent -c quality -b test_rgb.tiff test_cmyk.tiff

    ref. http://linux.die.net/man/1/tifficc

    By the way…I exported a png from Inkscape and converted to a tiff with Gimp for use with tifficc. ;)

  58. Luxman Says:

    Ok, I tried tifficc and it gave identical results as imagemagick with the inkscape exported PNG file or CMYKtool with a tiff previously profiled (sRGB).
    Now the only way to find the truth is to print it… I will update you as soon as I get the results.
    It’s strange that the color preview on inkscape give me a different color output than the tiff profiled file… Moreover it’s not clear to me the function of the document property to link a color profile… Any clue?

  59. Luxman Says:

    Following my previous posts: I finally printed my artwork and _surprise_ the print is much more similar to the png file exported from inkscape than to those converted with imagemagick or cmyktool with the proper color profile (Coted FOGRA27)… However the color ICC preview on inkscape (using sRGB as display profile) gives an even better approximation of the final printed copy, and that’s really cool :)
    By the way do you know what’s the linked color profiles option under Document properties-Color Management is for? I don’t notice any difference changing the profiles linked to it…

  60. Dirk Krüger Says:

    @Lazza: I ilke your Tux Avatar, can you make a video how you made it (if done with inkscape) and send it to heathenx?

  61. Lazza Says:

    Thank you. Actually I made that by merging two Tuxes found on CrystalXP, the site of the famous Tux Gallery. The operation was done in Gimp, but you can find a PS tutorial on how to do that (yes, they draw Tux and use Ps =.=). http://www.crystalxp.net/forum/en/Graphic-Tutorials/Photoshop-Tutorials/sujet_2585_1.htm
    If you plan to replicate that in Inkscape it’s quite easy, but somebody did the job for you. ;) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tux-G2.svg

  62. jonoave Says:

    Thanks for the really useful screencast!

    I had the same problem like Luxman with the CMYK tool, so I have to go try using Imagemagick. I’m still quite new to Linux systems, so installing stuff always gives me a pause as I try to figure out what to do.

    But again, thanks for the great screencast!

  63. Darth_Gimp Says:

    Just stopping in to say I miss you guys… :D

  64. Mateus Machado Luna Says:

    Excelent tutorial! I started doing this, but the dpi was getting smaller. Like, I had a png with 300 dpi and the tif was 118. I don’t now if that’s normal. Then I tried importing the png on Gimp and use de separate plugin to convert it to CMYK and it worked fine, preserving the 300dpi. Anyway, that’s very nice. But a question. Like you said, the green becames really vivid in the tif-cmyk. Will it became like this when I print it or it will be like in the inkscape-rgb file that i see in my screen?

    Thank you very much and please, keep working on this site, it’s just excelent!

  65. heathenx Says:

    @Mateus
    I can’t tell you with any certainty what your green will look like printed. It always take me a bit to get my head wrapped around CMYK after being away from it for a while. The last couple of takes that I had I switched over to a Scribus workflow and got some consistent and predictable results. Gimp/Separate works very well but maybe give Scribus a spin and review your results. ;)

  66. JavierSam Says:

    Mateus:
    I do not know what your problem is, but it seems to me that you have a “units problem”. Because 300 dpi is equal to 118 dots per centimeter.
    So I guess that there is no resolution change. I don’t know, I’m just thinking aloud…

    Hope this helps. And hope my english is understandable…

  67. yun YAN Says:

    great thanks from Wuhan, China :-)
    I design my personal logo with the help of your 098 episode.

  68. Reg Says:

    Hi there:

    Thanks for a great screencast.

    I’m a novice user of Inkscape 0.48.1. It is my understanding that Ver. 0.48.1 supports CMYK inherently, because I do see a setting for CMYK within the “Fill and Stroke” menu. Is my assumption correct? If I create a .eps file and export it to .png, do both files have the necessary CMYK information within them? Or do I still need to convert them like you explain?

    Thanks.

    Reg

  69. JavierSam Says:

    Hi Reg.
    While we wait for the “real” answer of heathenx or Richard, let me tell you that Inkscape doesn’t support CMYK yet.
    The possibility of defining colors CMYK within the “Fill and Stroke” menu is a sort of fancy. It’s not real. I guess that it will be in future versions.
    For the time being you need to do what the masters says in this video.

    Greetings.

  70. Reg Says:

    Thanks for your reply JavierSam. I guess I just might have to convert all my images then. :-(

    Reg

  71. juli Says:

    buenos dias tus tutoriales son muy buenos y espero que como salgan las versiones nuevas pongas mas inovadores.

  72. kazak_boy Says:

    hi every body out there! i am so excited ,for i have here found this inkscape tutorial which i am searching google all the time before. this is fantasitic job! thank you !

  73. mac Says:

    Hello! That’s all we can see/learn about amazing Inkscape!? Why are you stopped publishing new episodes?

  74. heathenx Says:

    @mac

    No. That’s not all there is to learn about Inkscape. ;)

    The Screencasters are in deep hibernation. I cannot speak for Richard but I’ve been devoting much of my time toward learning other artsy things and acquiring new skills along the way. I sometimes go from one thing to the next and time just falls away before I know it. Can’t help it really. I’m interested in everything.

    If I have time to make more screencasts then I will certainly post them. In the meantime, head over to the inkscapeforum.com and hang out with all of the other Inkscapers to get your fix.

    By the way, Richard and I are still here…we’re just quieter. You can contact us any time. We try our best to be helpful if you have questions. Just don’t ask us about women. We haven’t figured them out yet. ;)

  75. Lazza Says:

    For the last thing, you can try running this in a terminal:
    man "understanding women"

    LOL :D

  76. Vlad S Says:

    Very thank you heathenx and Richard!

    At last, after 3 months of watching I can write this comment:) I started learning in January 2012 and just finish. You gave me a strong basis in vector graphics. Finally I don’t afraid Inkscape with a lot of its tools.

    Very thank you – you made very valuable and selfless job for all people! Great Respect to you! Let the fortune and success accompany you, be healthy and happy every moment of your life!

    Vladyslav,
    Kyiv, Ukraine

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  79. Oliver Says:

    Hey,
    nice video tutorial,
    but you applied the RGB->CMYK-conversion twice,
    (first time: png -> tiv, and then tif -> pdf) and so I think you got wrong results.
    Also, I think, png -> pdf should also work in one step…

    Oliver

  80. heathenx Says:

    @Oliver
    i don’t believe i had gotten the wrong results (but perhaps). teach me how to do it a different way with imagemagick. i’m rather curious.

  81. irena Says:

    please help

    hi, i’m very new at this (programming not design). how do i install cmyktool. both you and the site assume i know how to do that but without an .exe file or right click which gives me an isntall option, I’m lost.
    I’ve installed colour profiles!! many thanks :))

  82. heathenx Says:

    Hello, irena

    CMYKTool can be downloaded from here: http://www.blackfiveimaging.co.uk/index.php?article=02Software%2F05CMYKTool

    Basically, you download one of the binary zip files (0.1.6-pre1), decompress and double-click on the CMYKTool.bat file to run it. However, it might throw up some errors if you don’t have some supporting .dll’s in your bin directory. I grab mine from my Gimp install. If you have trouble with that part then I can zip up my directory and email it to you.

    I haven’t used CMYKTool since about this episode. Not sure how stable it is anymore. The last few times I needed CMYK, I opened my SVG file in Scribus and exported from there.

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