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GIMP and CMYK

Sep 13, 2012, 22:26
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GIMP and CMYK
How can I incorporate CMYK into GIMP?
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Sep 14, 2012, 02:22
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RE: GIMP and CMYK
(Sep 13, 2012 22:26)dogman Wrote:  How can I incorporate CMYK into GIMP?

i.e. how can I get CMYK into GIMP for images that will be printed by a commercial printer which uses CMYK, such as for a calendar.
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Sep 14, 2012, 09:33
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RE: GIMP and CMYK
@dogman

CMYK and Gimp is a bit of a minefield so to save you a little bit of searching..

If you go to http://www.registry.gimp.org/node/471 you will find the link to the plugin is broken.

The latest version is here:
http://sourceforge.jp/projects/separate-...-0.5.8.zip
If you use windows, unzip and look in the bin folder for the compiled .exe's (not tried here, I use linux)

A better bet is from the original separate+ developer and is CMYKtool
http://www.blackfiveimaging.co.uk/ look on the left side of the web page

Then it gets complicated because you need to know about colour profiles.
Either way (separate+ or CMYKtool) you end up with a cmyk tiff image file that you hope your printer will accept.
Many want PS .psd files but might accept a pdf. A few tools for cmyk_tiff to pdf, Imagemagick, also Inkscape has some (beta) extensions.

There will be a colour shift from RGB to CMYK so best advice is always get a proof from your printer before paying for those 5000 copies of your brochure Wink .

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