Fantastic Color Guide for Printing Uncoated CMYK

If you print in CMYK ink on uncoated stock, consider investing in Galaxy Gauge‘s affordable, truly useful set of “color maps” (coated or uncoated). This $14.95 set includes one large color map, two pocket-sized color maps, and six Press Ranger cards to share with printers to help them set their ink densities to match your color maps.

The color maps show gradients of each process color, as well as gradients of combinations of the colors, grayscale ramps, color tints, and much more.

As with all Galaxy Gauge products, they’ve taken extreme care to be accurate and aesthetically pleasing.


Jay Nelson is the editorial director of, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.