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Trying To Get Neon Green Printed

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I have exported to PDF to get professional printing, but am concerned that my neon green letters won't print super bright. I used "pure green" (RGB = 0,255,0) when I created this logo. When I convert to CMYK, the green is dull. I looked up the CMYK values for "neon green" and it's the same dullness.

 

I saw a long list of color profiles to choose from when creating my PDF, but I don't know how to interpret them or if they apply to my situation. I've always left that alone at whatever was the default.

 

I need some technical advice, please.

 

 

 

 

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Let me message a friend that is a screen printer and see what she says...

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Hi Linda, there are lots of variables to consider (output hardware, paper stock, budget, etc.) but to answer your question about CMYK and neon, neon colors are outside the range of what CMYK can print. If you truly need a neon green, talk to your printer about using a neon spot color which is mixed separately from CMYK. Your printer should also be able to give you info on the color conversion profile that they prefer.

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This is good to know. Tina, thanks for the info; Linda, thanks for asking the question. :)

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Thank you, Monica. I am interested in what your friend in the print business, says.

 

Thank you Tina, for your concise and easy to understand answer. When I was trying to find some answers, I read a lot of arguments between designing in CMYK vs RGB, then converting vs not converting and leaving it up to the printer.

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You're welcome Linda. Sounds like you're working on a fun project. If you don't need a precise neon green via a spot color, there are process (CMYK) color combos that will produce bright greens that might be close to what you want. That is, if your printing company wants CMYK. There are some companies that will handle RGB so I wouldn't rule it out until you've talked with your printer.

 

One of my monthly projects is creating a newsmagazine sent out for printing on an offset web press. When I add color to objects and text in the newsmagazine, I stick with process colors which are closer to my end result. But when I insert photos on the pages, I leave them in RGB and let the PDF export handle the conversion per my printer's specs. My printing company wants PDF/X-1a-2001 standard; color conversion convert to destination preserves #s,; destination doc CMYK US Web Coated SWOP 2. That spec works with their older press and the slightly glossy paper selected for the newsletter. Your printer could have completely different specs.

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Hi Linda, I was wrong. My friend wants to get into screen printing, but only does embroidery at the moment. Her recommendation was the same as Tina's though. Talk to the printer for their specs.

 

Thank you, Tina for the tech specifics!

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Thanks for looking into it, Monica.

 

Thanks, Tina. "My printing company wants PDF/X-1a-2001 standard; color conversion convert to destination preserves #s,; destination doc CMYK US Web Coated SWOP 2." That helps me understand some of the PDF options in my program. Now I can show them to the printer and say, "Pick any one!"

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