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In my document I'm using the colour lightgray which looks nice on screen, but is barely decipherable when printed (with a BW-laser-printer). Using the xcolor pkg:

  • Would it make sense to try and convert lightgray with \convertcolorspec to a cmyk equivalent for more legible printing results?
  • Would this necessitate choosing a darker colour, or could a cmyk 1:1 equiv. of lightgray be chosen that looks exactly like the original lightgray on screen ?
  • If so, how to code it?

A pretty plain MWE:






{\textcolor{lightgray} {\lipsum[3]}}

%%%%%% Some more or less random snippets from the xcolor manual %%%%%%%%
% \extractcolorspec{lightgray}\tmpa
% \expandafter\convertcolorspec\tmpa{cmyk}\tmpb
% \expandafter\convertcolorspec\tmpa{RGB}\tmpc

% {\textcolor{\extractcolorspec{lightgray}{\tmpa\expandafter\convertcolorspec\tmpa{cmyk}\tmpb}}{\lipsum[2]}}

% \convertcolorspec

% Colors via svgnames option

% LightSlateGray
% LightSlateGrey

% Silver

% - enhanced color definition syntax to allow for target-model specific color parameters, e.g., \definecolor {red}{rgb/cmyk}{1,0,0/0,1,1,0}, facilitating the usage of tailor-made colors both for displays and printers; 



See also here.

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closed as off-topic by Joseph Wright Aug 4 '14 at 12:04

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@Herbert possibly \pdfcompresslevel=0 could help... ? – nutty about natty Jul 10 '13 at 8:30
Excellent article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variations_of_gray – nutty about natty Jul 10 '13 at 11:09
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a graphic design issue rather than a technical one. – Joseph Wright Aug 4 '14 at 12:04
I suspect this would be better covered, probably without the 'TeX detail', on the GraphicsDesign site. – Joseph Wright Aug 4 '14 at 12:05

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