Do you test your colors to see how they will scan, then convert to CMYK for printing?
Alison just shared with me a simple and easy process for testing pigments and I wish I had known this years ago:
Create samples/swatches of the paints you use.
Open your scan in Photoshop. Toggle between RGB and CMYK by hitting Command Y. Observe how/if the colors change.
You may see no change at all. That means that your paints will most likely print close to how you are seeing them. You may be surprised that some paints change a lot. Often these are yellows and blues.
I recently tested three blues and three yellows. On the palette they all looked quite similar but I found that especially with yellows, there were big differences in how they converted to CMYK. Obviously, I will use the paints that don’t change much.
As I begin final art for a project, I am happy to spend time to doing these tests before diving in. I expect it will save a lot of time in post production and cut back on disappointing results later.
- Zoey Abbott