By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Last week, Deke took a design from his Creating and Adapting a Logo course and showed us how to optimize the colors for print using three Pantone-based spot colors, which he separated into three different channels in Photoshop.
This week he’ll show you how to hand off your design to a professional printer.
By Kristin Ellison | Thursday, September 12, 2013
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Why do we need spot colors? It’s because humans can see a wide range of colors—some say 10 million shades—but there’s a limit to what we can print in CMYK, the industry-standard combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks. This is where spot colors – absolute colors generated by a specific ink – come in to fill the gaps.
CMYK has its limits
The diagram below represents the range of colors humans can see. You’ll notice that what we can see on a monitor, and what the CMYK offset printing process is capable of reproducing, is less than what spot colors (the “PANTONE gamut” in the diagram below) can achieve. Bright oranges and navy blues can be especially challenging.
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