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  • Gold CMYK

    Could you please tell me a nice gold cmyk colour? I now it depents on the printing... but I would be happy to use something from the "veterans" here.

    Thank you all

  • #2
    The problem with gold as a flat colour is that it just turns into a horrible yellowy-brown. Gold tends to be made up of lots of flecks of different colours.
    If you can't use a gold as an additional spot colour, then I would try to create an image - add noise to a white image in photoshop, motion blur it and then add a gold coloured over lay - it won't be the same as an additional colour but may make a good substitue


    • #3
      What Jam says. Gold is basically a yellowly orange colour, but it's refelctive. To obtain a gold, you either need to use a Pantone Gold spot colour or simulate the way gold looks psuedo-photographically (ie, fake the reflective properties in photoshop - it won't actually be reflective but you can make it look like it is reflecting either generic light and dark sources or other elements in the design depending on what is appropriate). I'm sure there are probably onlne tutorials for doing fake gold textures in photoshop.

      Using a flat CMYK will rarely, if ever, look gold.


      • #4
        We use gold (PANTONE 873) in one of our logos at work. The CMYK break down for that logo is 3-20-81-18. Looks like ass, but it works for when we need to use it.
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        • #5
          here's a tutorial on Brushed Aluminum, this with a yellow/orange (0/30/100/0) photo filter might work
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          • #6
            If using it for a logo you are creating, stick with a solid PMS color.
            Whether you specify an alternate or not in your standards is up to you, but highly recommended.

            If doing a raster gold, be sure you have your printer's spec sheet available.


            • #7
              Gold is generally smoother than brushed aluminium, it doesn't usually have so many imperfections. Really, it's a yellowy orange that reflects light and dark around it, almost matt with minimal detail, in accordance with the shape of the gold object.

              I once managed to fake a gold foil wrapper for a chocolate bar quite effectively using, if I recall correctly, a combination of noise clouds, Crystalise, a yellowy orange overlay and then fashioning the outline of the blocks of chocolate on a layer that I then multiplied over the top. The yellowy orange gives the basic gold colour and then the light and dark of the crystalise and the chocolate blocks gave the impression of dimension with reflection.


              • #8

                you can always simulate using gradients as well, ala web 2.0.
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                • #9
                  Thanks you all very much. Unfortunately the customer seems to prefers the cheaper cmyk gold than a pantone or an extra 5th colour (gold).

                  I told him that it will look like a yellowy-brown colour (like mustard colour i guess) but that's what he wants so... the customer's always right!

                  so thank you all


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by stefanosp View Post
                    Could you please tell me a nice gold cmyk colour? I now it depents on the printing... but I would be happy to use something from the "veterans" here.

                    Thank you all
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                    Y - 80
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                    • #11
                      This is over a year old designix ... I'll leave it .. but I doubt the OP is still looking for an answer

                      Closing this up
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