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Dear All,
My logo is declined, saying that...

'Your design uses RGB colors, or colors that may be outside the printable range.'
The design uses all CMYK colors. That is for sure. So it cannot be the reason.

Second reason may be the usage of colors outside the printable range. I doubt about two colors in my design,

1) Use of Yellow 100%.
2) Use of Magenta 32%
Are these two colors can be the real culprit?
Please let me know.

Thank you all in advance!

Ortega Graphics

Hello Logoswim,

Bright yellows are somewhat misleading. This is not the first time an admin sees a bright CMYK yellow as a color outside of the printable gamut, when it actually was inside of the printable gamut.

But, without seeing the actual JPG image in question, it would be hard to know if this is a similar case. You should provide a link to the image.

Also, just in case, you should read my answer on the following topic, among other things, I explain how to use Photoshop to test for colors outside of the printable gamut.

In the future, you might want to avoid any bright colors that are too close to the edge of the gamut and therefore appear almost outside of it.

Hope this helps,

Ortega Graphics

Edited 2019-08-10 by ajleroux (admin) permalink ANCHOR

Hi Ortega Graphics,


Your answer in this topic helped me to resolve the issue. Thank you very much!
Both the colors, Yellow 100% and Magenta 32% were showing gray pixels when tried gamut warning in Photoshop. There were many gray pixels in yellow 100% and two gray pixels in Magenta 32%.

There was no pixel shown after adding 10% magenta in yellow and changing 32% magenta to 35%. Seems that the issue is resolved at least at my end!
Thank you once again. It was a great learning!


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