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GETTING THE MOST
FROM BLACK
Black is black! Isn’t it? It may surprise you to learn that there’s more
it mayit
to black than meets the eye...
surprise you
To get the best from our process, black can be produced
to learn that
in two ways. The fi rst method is single colour black,
there’s more
made from 100% black ink. This is ideal for small areas
to black than less than 2cm
2
such as text or logos.
meets the
On areas of over 2cm
2
in size, single colour black can appear washed
eye…
out and uneven. This is because the rollers on printing presses roll the
ink off over a large area. The alternative is rich black, which consists of
100% black and 40% cyan. A rich black should be used on larger areas
to ensure an even, dark coverage, as the second ink colour disguises any
inconsistencies. However, rich black should never be used on small text
as any tiny deviance in registration will lead to a blurred effect.
Be aware that the higher the percentage ink coverage, the longer the
drying time required. This is particularly true of uncoated stocks such as
letterheads (see page 25).
‘Single Colour’ Black
100% black
‘Rich’ Black
100% black
40% cyan
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