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What my profile does

It converts black-and-white photos to CMYK with a moderate amount of CM&Y underneath the K in the blackest areas, and a smaller proportion through the midtones. Here’s a graph to show you:


Sorry it’s so small!

When a photo uses this profile, the darkest areas comprise values like this ...


... and lighter areas look like this:


What is its goal?

My purpose with this profile is to give the blacks just enough assistance to make the photo stand out; but avoid the risk of discolouration from too much CM&Y ink in the greys.

Is it safe?

I’ve done my best to make a generic black-and-white CMYK profile which should look satisfactory on most presses. I’ve played it as safe as I can. But I won’t lie - there’s risk involved in using this profile. I can’t promise you that it will be exactly neutral, or exactly as bright/dark as you expect, on any given press. I’ve done my best, but no guarantees. So if you don’t want to use it, I won’t be offended.

What’s the alternative? >>

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