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Adobe Illustrator/Best CMYK Value for a Dye-Sub Table Cover


Hi Kevin,

I'm getting some table covers printed dye-sub. They are a spandex material meant to wrap around the table tight. I've never done anything like this and I am outsourcing to a different country. The artwork will be 100% vector and will be mostly black. I'm wondering what the best possible CMYK value is to obtain a nice rich black for the background. Would be great if you could help with this!


Hi Logan,

THe best advice is to talk to your printer to make sure that they can print Rich Black with good enough registration to match. My experience, especially with flexible materials printed overseas (yes I have had to do this) is the registration is an issue and printing 1 color pantone would work best.

Otherwise the formula used most for Rich Black is C60 M40 Y40 K100.



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Kevin Stohlmeyer


I am an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Freelance Professional. I travel nationally speaking on Adobe Creative Suite applications, including Illustrator and design. I can answer questions about Adobe Illustrator version CS1 through the all-new Creative Cloud.


I am an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Illustrator and have been teaching this software in college/higher education and for an Adobe Authorized Training Center since 2000. I have been an active user of Adobe Illustrator as a professional graphic designer since 1994. I am also the author of the Adobe Illustrator Certified Expert Exam. I am a published author for Adobe Inspire Magazine, writing articles on Creative Suite applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and the Adobe Touch apps.

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