Standard 3M Post-it Note Pad Yellow Color

JD
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Jon_DeKeles
Jan 8, 2004
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OK, can anyone tell me what the CMYK mix is for a standard 3M Post-it brand Note Pad Yellow. We have picked a mix that looks good on our HP4500DN Color Laser but are not sure if it will look good on the final print in the magazine.

We are creating an add that will look like it has some Post-it Notes placed on top.

Thanks for the help.

All the best,
-Jon
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Rene_Walling
Jan 9, 2004
Jon,

It all depends on the CMYK setup the printer will use. As you seem to be aware of, a CMYK mix that looks "right" on your HP will not necessarily look "right" when printed on a press, and the CMYK mix that will look "right" will depend on the press, the paper and the inks, so there is no one answer to your question. The best thing to do is probably to ask the printer for a proof.
JD
Jon_DeKeles
Jan 9, 2004
Dear Rene:

Yes, you are right. Many thing can change at the printed level. There may not be one perfect answer to any color printing question, but there at least some close guesses.

Maybe what I am looking for is someone that has a book with CMYK colors printed, all we have is a Panatone book and I wanted to see if we can get closer to the right color.

Or maybe someone has done this before and has use a mix that worked for them.

All the best,
-Jon
RL
Robert_Levine
Jan 9, 2004
Why not ask the printer? He may have a Pantone process book.

Bob
JD
Jon_DeKeles
Jan 9, 2004
Robert:

They are on the east coast and closed, wanted to play with this tonight?

All the best,
-Jon
JS
John_Slate
Jan 9, 2004
This problem is exactly what color management and ICC profiling is meant to solve.

In a perfect world, the printer would give you a good profile of his press/paper/ink and you would separate to CMYK using that profile, after you had printed RGB to a color laser also using a good profile for said printer.

In the real world you separate to the default Photoshop CMYK and hope for the best.

You may get lucky, you may not.
JD
Jon_DeKeles
Jan 9, 2004
Sure, but I am not building a piano. I can have my design person tomorrow just use his calibrator to scan a Post-it and give me the answer. Was just look for a simple answer, or a smart guess, or someone that had done it before.

Thanks for all the help.
RW
Ralph_Wirth
Jan 29, 2004
According to my Pantone, solid-to-process colors it is C=0, M=0, Y=51, K=0 or PMS 100c. But that’s using my eyes, lighting and chart. 😉
JD
Jon_DeKeles
Jan 29, 2004
Thanks Ralph. A simeple answer to a simple question. I ended up with C=0 M=3 Y=50 K=0, so we are close enough for jazz. I will see how it turns out in about 3 weeks. 🙂

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