SPOT COLOUR PRINTING

SPOT COLOR
Solid colour. The ink is mixed using a set of base colours.

SPOT COLOR PRINTING
Individual colours printed using a screen plate or pad in a single pass. This is different to process print. CMYK inks are layered on four passes, one per colour, to create a vast spectrum of colour.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPOT COLORS AND CMYK COLORS
Spot colours are pre-mixed inks that are applied in a single pass whereas CMYK inks are layered on four passes to mix the correct colour. This is due to CMYK inks being transparent so they interact with each other. Spot colour inks are opaque and won’t interact and we therefore can’t provide gradients or overlapping colours in T-shirt artwork files.

WHEN TO USE SPOT COLORS

We provide spot colours for screen printed t-shirts only. You should continue to use CMYK colours for all other printed items, such as business cards, flyers, leaflets, signs and posters. We are likely to provide spot colours for new additions to the Clothing and Textiles.

BENEFITS OF SPOT COLORS

Used in screen printing. They provide an exact match and are a great choice when you want perfect colour reproduction across different materials and substrates.

WHERE ARE SPOT COLORS USED
We provise a Spot Varnish to create the glossy finish on Spot UV Business Cards. You can see a pattern on bank notes when you place them under a UV light, these counterfeiting procedures use spot colours too.