There is an output option for Inkscape 48 called PDF em CMYK. “PDF em CMYK” is not part of the official Inkscape release (nor of. Export to PDF CMYK: CMYK (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/ Black) is a critical color separation in the print design. Unfortunately, lnkscape does not support it. Let’s talk about getting CMYK colors from Inkscape to Scribus. In case of Inkscape I see that a lot of people read the official release notes.

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Please login or register. Did you miss your activation email? August 19, Hi, can anyone help with this please? I did some work in Inkscape and exported as pdf Settings- restricted to pdf 1.

Code Wide Open: Inkscape Does Support CMYK

The printers are using Adobe Illustrator and are ibkscape trouble with the files, which they think are corrupted. The issue I see is with the text. The proofs they sent back had rather blurred, grey text instead of the sharp black text in my pdf.

In one version there are several letters partly missing, in another, whole lines of text are missing the top half of the letters see attached. The printers are now asking for a CMYK high res pdf. I’ve found ghostscript but haven’t a clue how to use command line to convert to CMYK. I am not sure where the blurred text is coming from.

It would be helpful if you posted a link to inkscpe svg file itself rather than a screen shot. One solution to this is to use the program Scribus to import your Inkscape svg, set the correct cmyk colors, and then export or save as pdf.

Scribus can make a PDF with a riding color profile. If your just doing text, Scribus might be better to begin with.

I think there is a way to get Ghostscript to convert colors, but am not sure if it makes the needed color profile the printers want. This would be a conversion.

Conversions might not be highly accurate. Better to use Scribus and set the colors, then there is no conversion, just the colors. Usually this only matters in highly color managed environments.

Latest Stable Win 8. Hi, Thanks for your reply.

Is there anything that can read, import or convert CMYK SVG? – Graphic Design Stack Exchange

It would be helpful if you posted a link to the svg cmyo itself rather than a in,scape shot The screenshot is of the printers’ pdf after it’s been through Adobe Illustrator. A pdf saved from the SVG and printed was fairly good. Compatibility with AI is the issue. It’s image and text in several layers. I think there is a way to get Ghostscript to convert colors, Yes there is, but I don’t understand how to use it or know whether converting to CMYK the answer to the problem.


For your first try it might have worked better if you had converted to text to path, either while in Inkscape, or using the PDF dialog.

But this is certainly not the first time we’ve heard of printers who balk at Inkscape files. We’ve even heard of one who claimed that Inkscape is malware, and not a real graphic program! That works with both text and images. Unless that refers to the rasterizing of filter effects.

Oh yeah, you can set that in the PDF dialog, when you save. That doesn’t mean it’s not possible, just I’ve never heard of it.

August 20,innkscape Thanks for that, I fell at the first. I’ve searched my PC for an icc folder and I don’t have one. Can’t Illustrator read SVG directly? RBH on August 20, Yeah, that tutorial was written quite some time ago. I’m sure Inkscape has changed since then. The technique still works, but probably options might have moved.

I’ve never actually read that tutorial. So let me read it, and I’ll try to set you on the right track. Not sure what or where that is, but let me read the tutorial and Inscape try inkscap help. It sounds to me like the printers are being difficult.

Ok, so you ignored the first part? What part was that, specifically? I can’t figure out the Nikscape version for this file path, shown in the tutorial Quote selected. Color profiles files, cmyi, are International Color Consortium compliant files that help match an input or output device to a color space. You have some on your system for your monitor that the OS deals with. Your printer uses one. Basically it allows color from a device and color space to be mapped ibkscape color and color space to another device.

Check with the printer. Here you can find a download. But, as I have been trying to say, Inkscape can not, can not, produce a pdf with an attached color profile. You need Scribus in this mix. You would use the color profile in Scribus. Doesn’t matter if you send them the svg and Illustrator opens it, unless they are willing to set the colors themselves.

Doesn’t matter if you get the profile and set inkzcape cmyk colors in the svg with Inkscape. All of this is something of overkill. Your printer should be able to do the conversions themselves, if they are of the mind to do so. The bigger problem is the blurring your seeing. It would help if you linked to the actual svg file so those here can see if they can reproduce the result.

Maybe you have a filter effect or some other thing throwing a unkscape at the monkey. It mostly matters when you are dealing with BIG production, where you don’t want to make inksca;e, of something with the wrong color. Did you select the same profile from the list? I chose one but can’t select it from the CMS tab list. Regarding your question about why go to the CMS tab anyway – I would say, because that’s what the tutorial says to do.


I wouldn’t be 2nd guessing it. The short is that Scribus fmyk import any of my SVG files correctly as they “contain unsupported features. Moini IC Mentor Offline 1, Can you share a link to an SVG file, instead of a pdf, please?

I don’t see an issue with the pdf, btw. Moini on August 20, Probably should get rid of the template too. Flowed text just works in Inkscape. Filter Effects often go haywire. If it were me, I would just save the whole thing as PNG. Filter effects mess with dimensions. You may have to set filters dimensions manually in the Inkcsape editor. I avoid filter effects like the plague.

Getting CMYK colors from Inkscape to Scribus for printing

It’s better suited to a raster program. It can be spectacular if done right, but there are many gotcha’s to avoid. The opacity your using might go south in a PDF, haven’t tested enough to be sure.

Currently, this is all just too hard in open source. It is all complicated. If you can produce a png from Inkscape at the right dimensions I can put it in a PDF, convert it to cmyk and produce a pdf for you, with some commercial software I have. This is not idea, as one wants a reproducible method with Inkscape and open source.

But I have software that does it with less fuss and if your in a bind it is no problem. I exported the png from Inkscape, pulled into Draw and made a U. The PNG out of Inkscape had a large white box, I assume from the filter effect, so I cropped it, but might not have gotten it precise.

The flowed text would need to be converted to paths, it doesn’t work like that in Scribus, also not if the text has been converted to normal text. Scribus also cannot deal with the filter, do the filtering in Gimp and save the image.

However, I don’t understand why you’re not just doing this completely in Scribus. It’s made for this thing Except for the filtering, which I would do in Gimp. Ditch Inkscape for this task, it’s not the right tool.