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I'm guessing you'll get the color seen in Illustrator. Not all applications are color managed and preview images are unreliable at best. You should, for your own piece-of-mind, have the job contract proofed ( see a local reputable print shop ) before sending it off to the print vendor. You should also supply a contract proof along with the disk so that the print provider has something to match. Then, when the provider runs the file ( get their workflow specs before you have it proofed on your end ) through their prepress department's equipment, they can supply you with a matched proof of their own and, with any luck, they both match and it's off to the races.
Thanks John, I sort of suspected that. I have to include a print of the layout with the project as a reference. The project needs to be CMYK but an inkjet printer distorts the colors unless I convert to RGB. I guess I'll send them a print of the RGB version so the colors look right or, as you suggest, take it to a print shop and let them do one.
That is the right way,although with a lot of work time and paper I have been able to get accurate print outs from Illustrator using a CMYK file,
I haven't had need lately and changed printers but there is a workflow that can work or at least use to. It worked in ID and Illustrator but a little more accurate inIllustrator.
The RGB method is probably the best way as that is the way the printer is set up unless you get a RIP for the printer, which solves the problm but at a cost.
Forget any type of desktop print. Get a "contract" proof and make sure you specify it that way. Any proof worth its salt is going to go through a RIP. You set yourself up for some vulnerability if you send a desktop print along with the file.