Colorissue while Exporting a PDF-File

08-04-2020 02:28 AM
New Contributor

Hello everyone,

anyone else got the issue while exporting a CMYK colored map/layout into a PDF-File, that the black value (0,0,0,100) is not black anymore, when opening the file via Adobe illustrator? Here the black is more brownish (about 70,70,70,70) as you can see in the picture. I don't see any possibilities in fixing it by changing the exportsettings in ArcGIS Pro. Maybe someone got the same problem before and solved it.

Thanks for your help!

Best regards


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Frequent Contributor III

Interesting. I have had numerous issues when printing as printers may have their own interpretation of a color

Can you duplicate the issue using RGB.

However, what you are showing in your example is not CMYK black

Black is 0% 0% 0% 100%

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New Contributor

Hi Kevin, did you find a fix for this? I'm experiencing similar problems that you describe except the CMYK values are all scrambled.

We send our maps to an external printer and would like to use 100% black for printing black linework and text.

Cheers, Lisa

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New Contributor III

Same question!  Has anyone found a solution?  I make sure black is 0,0,0,100 and yet is still isn't 100% black when opened in Adobe.

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