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COLOR INFO

Do your colors need to be exact? Then you want spot color.
Can they be close? Then you want four color process or full color.
If you would like exact Pantone (PMS color matching). You want spot color.

SPOT COLOR


1st Spot Color

2nd Spot Color

3rd Spot Color

Final Image

Spot color graphics are produced by printing one color at a time. This process is primarily used in the screen printing process. The inks used in spot color printing are opaque and are referenced by the Pantone Matching System (PMS) for color accuracy. There is no limit to the number of spot colors that can be printed to produce a final image. The only restriction in spot color printing is by the printing process itself and the product in which it is being applied to. Since each color is printed individually, there may be a shift in color from one color to the next. This is referred to as registration and varies depending on the process and products being printed. For instance, it would be likely that it would be possible to print six spot colors on flat items such as a sign or t-shirt and obtain good registration between the colors as opposed to printing six spot colors on a cylinder shaped item such as a sports bottle or coffee mug where there will be more shift between the colors and is more difficult to maintain good registration.
 

FULL COLOR (FOUR COLOR PROCESS)

 

 

 

CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK COMPOSITE

4 color process is just as it is named. A process of printing 4 transparent colors (inks) to achieve a full color or photographic image as illustrated above. These colors are layered over one another which produces the entire range of colors that make up the final image. There are different printing processes which use 4 color process to reproduce images. The most common are digital printing and offset printing. While offset printing is specifically used for the printing of paper products, digital printing is growing and expanded it's capabilities almost daily. Currently, offset printing is more cost effective for large quantity runs of such things as books, magazines and catalogs. Digital printing is much more flexible and allows for cost efficiency in smaller and even single printed items.

4 color process images can be reproduced from raster or vector graphics. Raster graphics are generally required to be at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) to reproduce clearly with 4 color process printing.

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