Process colour inks
Spot colour inks
Refers to using of CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) inks for full colour printing.
Full colour CMYK printing is used on multi-coloured designs with photographs, booklets, brochures, flyers and postcards.
Specific colour inks created from colour formulas to express colours more vibrant and flat.
Spot colours are commonly used on elements that require a constant appearance, such as logo or text on business cards, envelopes or letterhead.
Please note: Spot colour printing may seem like a great idea, but using spot colours is a more expensive print option, due to the extra production costs involved in setting up, cleaning and changing out the inks. Because CMYK process printing uses the same four colour inks all the time, CMYK printing will always be the more cost-effective solution.
Please note: Pantone colour printing is only available for letterpress tags and letterpress business cards, where the spot colours are only offered for the selection. Due to our combined-run production, we cannot offer spot colour for any of our other printed materials (flyers, booklets, business cards, etc..)
Open your Swatches palette window by selecting: Window > Swatches
Double click the spot colour in the Swatches palette window. This will open the Swatches Option window.
From the drop down menu next to Color Mode select: CMYK. Next, from the menu next to Color Type, select Process Color.
Now, uncheck where it says Global. Press OK. (Here you can also change the colour name).
The orange spot colour has been
converted into a CMYK process colour. Well done!