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Spot color

If you are printing only a small number of colors (three or fewer), you probably want to use spot colors. The idea behind spot color is that the printing ink is just the right color you want. With spot color, for example, if you want some type colored teal blue, you print it on a plate (often called an overlay) which is separate from the black plate. Your commercial printer prints that type using a teal-blue ink—probably a PMS ink—and black for the rest of the job.

Because process colors simply cannot simulate some colors—like deep blues, and metallics like gold—spot colors are also used as “bump” plates and varnishes that print alongside or on top of process-color images. For instance, a picture of a fancy car might be printed with the four process colors, plus a spot blue to highlight (“bump up”) some areas of the car, plus a varnish over the image to make it glossy.


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