[scribus] solid black with LSI/PDFX/Scribus and full colour interiors

Richard Foley rich.inud at naktiv.net
Wed Jun 13 20:33:05 UTC 2012

Hi John,

Thanks for your reply.

I'm not sure we're talking about quite the same thing. This is probably because
I haven't explained myself properly.  I am not trying to set up a "rich black"
spot colour which I can use for type or for black boxes, or something like
that. I'm trying to increase the visual contrast of slightly "knocked back"
photographs, by increasing the depth of black in the photograph, when printed.

It's possible I can't actually get any more black than I've already got from
LSI. The glossy cover, for instance, looks just fine. However the inside pages
look a little "soft". It's might be partly because of the printing on to matt
paper, but not being a media guru, I'm not entirely certain...

So, just to clarify, I'm trying to increase the contrast of the images, and
think this might be done by making the black, wherever black appears in a
photograph, a bit denser. Does this make sense, and are we talking about the
same thing here?


Richard Foley

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On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 03:39:56PM -0400, john Culleton wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Jun 2012 14:28:39 +0200
> Richard Foley <rich.inud at naktiv.net> wrote:
> > I'm trying to increase the contrast of the images which are printed
> > on the full colour interior pages, printed at LSI using Scribus, by
> > using a more solid black.  I've heard about using CMYK, eg;
> > 
> >     C=60, M=40, Y=40, K=100
> > 
> > But it's unclear to me how I would set this up under Scribus either
> > prior to, or during, PDF/X-1a:2001 export. I'm thinking there's some
> > kind of option I need to specify.  Perhaps this has something to do
> > with the icc profile I use, (Scribus uses), for converting the images
> > to CMYK during PDF export, but I'm groping.  Does anyone have any
> > guidance, please?
> > 
> You can set that particular color up by going to the palette, 
> selecting any color, then adapting that color to what you need and 
> saving it under a different name. 
> You can ensure that no color exceeds the LSI limits by using the
> icc profile I suggest regularly (e.g., earlier today.)
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