How’s my print going to look on
Colored paper stocks create incredible, eye-catching prints. However, they are terrible for strict color reproductions. Traditional CMYK inks are translucent, and will blend with the paper color. We can lay down opaque white inks; but, they are neither perfectly white nor perfectly opaque. And, to top it off, paper colors can be a little inconsistent from batch to batch. So, what's a designer to do?
- Download the sample sheets below. These are full-sized press sheets scanned in 100% @ 300 dpi which show the entire CMYK spectrum with and without a white backer; white and black text; and multiple line weights. Color on your monitor will never be 100% accurate; but, these will give you an idea of what to expect.
- This reference file shows how the original artwork looks on a white background in Adobe Illustrator.
- If you're concerned (or have a particularly color-sensative job), we suggest requesting a hard-copy proof. The extra confidence is worth it.
- Stick with solid-color, vector-style graphics or duo-tone style photos. While the print process is full color, designing like a screen print offers the best results.
- Have fun with it! The best prints we see embrace the variable nature of the process.