Is there a freely available CMYK color chart that I can print on press and work with?

After reading the answers to my previous questions, How does a monitor display the CMYK color? Is it actually showing the true CMYK color? I’m very much convinced that I need to profile my monitor if I’m choosing colors based upon what my monitor shows as CMYK. Even that wouldn’t be ideal. The best way would be is to have the print of color chart from the printer I’m about to print.

I cannot buy those pantom color books. It would be cheaper for me if I could print the required part of color chart from that printer.

So, is there any freely available CMYK color chart that I can order for print?

Actually, I found few.

My main concern is can I trust these? They are pdf’s I guess pdfs support CMYK profiles. If some one says, these are ok. Then I’ll go a head and print these. If I’ll get any other better suggestions. I’ll stick with them.


Your first link, is a CMYK guide. The squares of colour are all CMYK in a logical order, so when printed on press (the author looks to be fine with it being used freely for any purpose) it’ll make a decent guide to what you can expect. You could also make your own of course in Illustrator or Indesign, it would be a bit tedious though (and even more tedious in Photoshop).

The second link (which may well be copyrighted material) isn’t quite the same thing. It is a Pantone (PMS) “bridge guide”. The squares are CMYK, but they are intended to show the closest matches achievable in CMYK to each PMS colour. This can be useful if you need to convert or match PMS “spot” colour based artwork to CMYK.

One answer to the cost of running the job is to have it printed as a run-on (extra pages at the end of a live job), or parts of it in the margins. As Alan mentions, you should have a copy on both coated and uncoated paper.

Is this more hassle and cost than buying a CMYK guide off the shelf? Possibly not.

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