PICK THE BEST COLOURS FOR PRINTING
Traditional newspapers are printed using a CMYK printing process, so all colours are made from cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks.
- Exact colour matching is impossible – colours will look different in your printed newspaper to how they look on screen. Simple colours, which use just one or two of the ink colours, work best.
- Colours with a small percentage of one of the inks are more likely to print inconsistently, and variations can be more noticeable over large, flat areas of colour.
- We can’t print spot colours.
Each of the CMYK inks is printed by a separate plate. If the plates don’t line up exactly, text and images using more than one colour of ink may look blurry or hard to read. Here are some tips to help you avoid this happening:
- Use 100%K (black) for all black text and details
- Use single colours, (either cyan, magenta, yellow or black) for small text and details, and backgrounds for white text.
- Avoid putting fine details or small text in white on top of colour photos.
- If your software allows it, set text and fine details to overprint, rather than knock out.
- Set black and white photos to print greyscale rather than CMYK