The DCS Book can be used in two ways...
To compare values provided
by the color picker
As a color selector
Although this image looks good on the screen you find there is too much red in the facial tones when printed.
1. Check the colors in print against the values provided by the color picker.
2. Based on your evaluation of the DSC color patches, you choose a value that has 20% less magenta.
3. Apply the new value for an optional result.
The difference in appearance of color when viewed in different color spaces represents one of the greatest problems in prepress. Do not be misled by the RGB colors on your monitor when you are really trying to achieve CMYK on paper. The Digital Color Scale books (DCS) show you in advance how the ink-on-paper will look. Tens of thousands of color combinations are available. The basic combination on all pages is the mixing of cyan and magenta, with yellow and black overprinted. The chromatic organization of the DCS is in ascending percentages of yellow.
- Use the printed color mixes to dial-in the correct CMYK values to achieve your desired ink-on-paper results.
- Quick access tabs indicating yellow percentages make finding your desired color quick and easy.
- Displays 57,344 different color combinations on large 13" x 12-3/4" Stock
- Printed on coated stock, one side only to eliminate show through
- CMYK are shown in the following percentages: 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 (solid).
- Extensive Foreword on the fundamentals and key concepts of Color
- Appendix contains gray value gradations of 10 to 95% in ten different screen rulings and now includes CIE Lab and L*A*B color scales