How spot colour works

For everyday printing, tiny dots of process inks in four colours – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (Black) – are combined to produce a wide range of required colours. However, there are certain colours that cannot be accurately reproduced using this process. We understand that organisations shouldn’t be limited to approximating a colour. Especially if that colour is strongly identified with your brand. On our lithographic presses, we can add a spot colour in the exact shade that you are after.

Pantone colour matching

Pantone colour matching

The Pantone colour matching system is a standard reference that is used all over the world to ensure that colours are consistent no matter where they are printed or what they are printed on. The Pantone system features many colours that cannot be reproduced using the CMYK method. Designers may limit their colour palette accordingly – but they don’t have to if they use a printer that can accommodate spot printing. We can use the fifth plate in our printing presses to apply an ink that exactly matches any colour defined by Pantone.

More available colours

CMYK printing is more than adequate in many circumstances. However, if you have chosen a colour to make your brand stand out from the competition, then you don’t want to approximate that colour! Spot colour allows you to extend your colour range, use more vivid oranges and greens, add luminescent colours and metallic colours, or apply varnishes to specific areas of your printed materials.

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