Print Color Separations

Asked by Bug Importer on 2004-08-13

Along with spot colors Inkscape should be able to
handle printing duties by itself without the help of a
third party software. The ability to print color
separations (sport and process) will make Inkscape a
very attractive alternative to the mainstream players
(Freehand, CorelDraw, etc). I'm a screenprinter and I
truly believe that without this features its aceptance
as a profesional tool would be limited. Don't
misunderstand me: Inkscape is a very capable piece of
software but not yet a tool that we can fully use for
our day to day work. I think is quite ready but it
needs a little work in the output part of the software
and with output I mean the aforementioned Color
Separations both process (CMYK) and Spot Colors.

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2004-08-13
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2008-10-10
Ryan Lerch (ryanlerch) said : #1

Thank you for taking the time to report this feature request and helping to make Inkscape better. You requested this feature a long while ago and there hasn't been any activity in it recently. We were wondering; is this still on your wishlist? Can you try with latest Inkscape release and see if recent improvements have obsoleted your request? Thanks in advance.

Inkscape doesn't create color separations yet and its CMYK related features as of 0.46 are pretty rudimentary.

isoma (isoma) said : #3

I'd like to use Inkscape to edit images for print, so I'd like to be able to export to a CMYK document. Instead I've been using a separate rasteriser to produce an sRGB bitmap, then converting that to CMYK. This means losing all the resolution independence of the vector format.

To help with printing Inkscape should be able to output print colours: CMYK bitmaps, CMYK PDF documents, or even export to SVG Print. This doesn't depend on using CMYK (or spot) colours in the SVG document itself, but that is bound to help.

BenMcLean (mclean-ben) said : #4

Here is a plugin that is meant to solve this problem: http://www.colivre.coop.br/Aurium/InkscapeCMYKSeparator

Joshua Blocher (verbalshadow) said : #5

There is a extension that makes separations now http://www.colivre.coop.br/Aurium/InkscapeCMYKSeparator

BenMcLean (mclean-ben) said : #7

How do we get InkScape to automatically print colors on seperate pages as CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator can?

@BenMcLean: currently you don't, sorry :)

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