You probably do NOT want to send CMYK to this printer. Depending on the driver technology, it expect RGB (it will do it's own CMYK+ whatever inks conversion). The display profile has no role in the output, only the previews in color managed applications. Better to start with a good RGB reference image* and see how that prints, assuming you have all the driver and application settings setup correctly (Application manages color).
Hi Andrew thanks for that, I did try printing from Mac PDF to my CMYK printer and it came out unsaturated and the blues in my gradient were WAY out.
When I print from my Windows PC to my desktop CMYK printer it comes out really nice and vivid (maybe a touch oversaturated) but just about how I would want to it to look printed professionally/final.
Aside from the Mac not showing the PDF correctly I am trying to get a good workflow where I do a test print on my local CMYK printer and then send to my commerical knowing its pretty accurate, if I wanted to check my Windows workflow to see if my CMYK printer is somewhat color accurate the only way I could check is to have my actual Commercial printer do a test print for me is that correct?
I mean I've got the Pantone color chips here but as this is a CMYK design I don't have any spot colors put into the file only CMYK values for color.
75% of this business card design is made up of really rich white to blue to black gradient so its pretty crucial I get that pretty well spot on. I guess I could just take my printed version down to the print and tell them to match that?
Can't speak about Windows but on Mac, most of the drivers, certainly for most desktop printers, they don't undestand CMYK and expect RGB. There are third party RIPs and drivers that can take CMYK without issue. And the only time one would send CMYK (which is a specific output ready color space) would be to use that desktop printer to proof the other process. IOW, make my Epson print match a press sheet. The document is already in CMYK for that process and you want a CMYK to CMYK conversion so the desktop printer simulates that final process. Short of that, no reason to be messing with CMYK, Mac or otherwise. Yes, your printer (virtually all printers) are CMY (and usually K) devices, that's subtractive color. But just because there are CMYK inks, doesn't mean you want to or need to send CMYK to that device. You need a good RGB printer profile which many desktop printers today install for use.