Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Pantone and Spot colours

Another thing I learned in the preparation for print workshop with Mike was about the colour referencing systems used in commercial print. The most common one in the UK and Europe is Pantone.

Pantone are a company that provide what are known as 'spot colours' to print studios. Spot colours are inks that are ready mixed to particular colours to save both money and time when printing. Where CMYK printing relies on the inks being physically mixed on the paper (meaning the paper goes through the press four times), spot colours allow you to print solid colours in a single transition.

They're also a good way of introducing metallic inks and varnishes to your work. Definitely a useful thing to know for the future.

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