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Problem with black generation in output pdf.......... - Adobe Indesign Windows

Hi guys, I postsed this on the Photoshop forum, but I'll post here as well. I'm having problems with my book cover images that I'm creating in Photoshop. My cmyk profile is set to "SWOP COATED" for ink colors, medium for black generation, 85% for black ink limit, and 240% for total ink limit. It seems that when I create a cover that has a lot of black or dark areas in it, the final print output shows almost a flat black or gray in those areas, making the image look low-resolution. The image looks fine on my monitor. I ...

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    Default Problem with black generation in output pdf..........

    Hi guys,

    I postsed this on the Photoshop forum, but I'll post here as well. I'm having problems with my book cover images that I'm creating in Photoshop. My cmyk profile is set to "SWOP COATED" for ink colors, medium for black generation, 85% for black ink limit, and 240% for total ink limit. It seems that when I create a cover that has a lot of black or dark areas in it, the final print output shows almost a flat black or gray in those areas, making the image look low-resolution. The image looks fine on my monitor. I import it into indesign cs and generate the pdf file that I send to the printer. I have indesign set up to use the same cmyk profile as Photoshop. The pdf file looks just fine as well. Yet when I get the printed book cover from them, it looks less than desirable. Does anyone have any suggestions on what the problem might be? It's hard to figure out when what you see looks fine.

    Thanks
    Mike
    Mickeal_Farris@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Problem with black generation in output pdf..........

    As already explained in the PhS forum:
    Your total ink limit is too low:
    <http://www.digitalmastery.com/companionsite/book/Custom%20CMYK.pdf>

    Best regards --Gernot Hoffmann
    Gernot_Hoffmann@adobeforums.com Guest

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    Default Re: Problem with black generation in output pdf..........

    <com> wrote in message
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    What does your printer say? What does he suggest for total ink limit? And -
    here's the Big Question - what does he do with your profile? Some printers
    simply discard them, assuming they know best what works on their press. (And
    they're usually right.)

    Why are designers so reluctant to talk to the printer?!?

    I *never* trust my monitor; too many factors can change how things look. Use
    the Photoshop numbers or output to a Postscript printer, or (best) a
    post-rip proof from the printer.

    Peggy


    Peggy Guest

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