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Chapter 15. Color > Color for print

Color for print

A separate plate is used to print each spot color. Spot color inks are mixed according to specifications defined in a color matching system, such as PANTONE. Various tints (percentages) of the same spot color will appear on the same printing plate.

Four plates are used in process color (CMYK) printing: One each for cyan (C), magenta (M), yellow (Y), and black (K). A layer of tiny colored dots is printed from each plate, and the overlapping dots create an illusion of solid or graduated color. The only way to print the continuous tones in a photograph is by using process colors.



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