I'm trying to print a Draw document, but the colors printed by my printer are not the same ones displayed on the screen. How can I edit them using the CMYK color system?

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I'm trying to print a Draw document, but the colors printed by my printer are not the same ones displayed on the screen. How can I edit them using the CMYK color system?


The modern color printers use a % mix of 4 inks (or 6 in the newest ones) to reproduce the colors that are visible to us. In Draw, to edit a color using the exact percentage of an ink you have to:

  1. Click on the object whose color you want to change. It will be selected.
  2. Right click it and choose Area from the context menu.
  3. In the pop-up window that appears, flip to the Colors tab.
  4. Select CMYK from the Color System combo box.
  5. Modify the CMYK % values in the boxes below.
  6. Click the OK button. You will be prompted as to whether you want to modify the existing color or to add a new one to the palette. Make your choice.

Otherwise, you can use/modify a ready CMYK palette:

  1. Repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 listed above.
  2. Click the Load Color List icon.
  3. Select the cmyk.soc file and press the Open button. (standard path: OpenOffice60/user/config/)
  4. Close the window by clicking the OK button.
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