What are Spot Colours and What is Process?
- 1 Col = 1 Spot Colour
- 2 Col = 2 Spot Colours
- 3 Col = 3 Spot Colours
- 4 Col = 4 Spot Colours
- Process = 4 Colour Process (or Digital Printing)
We use these mainly to save space on the screen. But it goes without saying they might need some explaining.
When printing on promotional products the cost is usually based on how many colours you want to print. This is because each colour is separately printed and the product has to go through the print process once for each different colour.
With screen printing there is a seperate origination charge to setup each screen for each colour you want to print. We get charged this by our printers but we bundle the costs all together to make your quote much easier to understand.
What are Spot Colours?
A spot colour is usually a pantone reference that is printed as a single colour. The ink is mixed together using precise weighing scales to a specific colour reference.
When your designer creates your logo it’s likely they will assign specific pantone references in your corporate guidelines.
Here is a link to the NHS corporate guidelines so you can see what I mean.
If you do not supply pantone references with your spot colour order then we will assign a closest match using protoshop to “guess” the colour. We will then show the pantone colours that we have chosen for you on your proof. It’s then down to you to either approve the colours that we have assigned or supply amended pantone references.
What is a Process Print?
CMYK = 4 Colour Process
A process print is a print that is made up of 4 colours. These colours are
Also known as CMYK. These inks are more transparent than spot colours and they blend together to make a huge array of different colours.
The colours however are not exact pantone matches due to the type of inks they are made from.
Litho printing is one of the main CMYK processes in use today.
However a CMYK print is also possible using screen printing.
Digital Printing is also a type of CMYK printing process. This can however be a lot more cost effective than process printing using Screen Print or Litho Print as these two print methods need 4 seperate setup charges. (1 per colour)
The “K” in CMYK stands for Keyline (black) Just to make things confusing!
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