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Is there an easy way to determine ink colors before they print? I am working on a job that requires a reddish brown color and I have gone into the "chart" and looked at the colors and am nowhere close to what the color should be when printed. My mind is stuck on PMS mode and it's a hard habit to break. My Corel is set up with CMYK colors so when I convert it to EPS that's the way the color is saved. I don't want to have to print all the color charts available with the colors because I'm limited on space.
You can print a color chart any size that you want. You would do that in VW under layout. I have the Roland Chart Type 1 printed at 16x24 and it hangs right beside my desktop. If you print the chart make sure you use density control in color management.
Set up the Roland color chart in Corel and go from there. You can make custom colors and add to VW, the instructions are located on this site.
Butch is spot on - no way to look at your screen and get the printed colors without calibration. No way of knowing ahead of time which PMS colors will look good without investing in a color bridge. No way of printing PMS without a PMS printer. So how we do it with our VC is by printing chart as directed and then with the Roland Color palette loaded use those colors in our projects with confidence for color matching.
Hi Butch ~ I have the original chart that the salesman printed when we purchased the machine, but the colors do not look the same when I print them. I tried doing the colors in Corel and for some reason they will not read once I bring them into VW. If I am doing a banner and don't have to cut it, I can save it as a jpeg and it will print the right colors. If I convert it to EPS is when I run into problems. I will try the color chart that you have and see if that makes a difference.
Cindy - did you watch the video here to see how to properly use the spot color system? It shows how to make sure they print correctly and are produced consistently.
I have watched the video twice. I'm still missing something. I'm using X3, so it's slightly different than the screen they are showing. I have created the rvw colors and saved them. When I bring it into VW it does not recognize the color and there is no way to click the convert to spot colors on the screen because it is grayed out. Hopefully the new color chart will help.
Are you adding the Roland color swatches to the custom spot color palette? if it is not in there, it will not work in X3
That's exactly what I am doing. Must be what's wrong!
Have yo have set up your queue properties. If you have not set them correctly before importing, your VW coolors will not convert.
To check open VW, go to Edit at the menu bar, select Queue A settings, go to file format and make sure convert spot colors is checked, select OK at the bottom of page.You should be good to go.
I did miss that step of setting it up in the queue. It is set up now. Thanks so much!!!!! That will make it much easier on me now.