How We Match Colors for Custom Printing
What is 4-Color Process, or Full Process Color?
Four or full color process printing is done with a combination of four base colors, cyan (C), magenta (M), yellow (Y), and black (K), also known as CMYK color matching. This means we can print a wide variety of colors, and work with multiple colors at a time when printing your designs as custom stickers. Most full color newspapers and magazines are printed with this color matching process, especially when printing photos in stories.
How Does Color Matching Work with Four Color Process?
When we print with four color process, we can print just about any colors for your designs. Working with four colors means we can print as few, or as many colors as you have in your artwork with great detail, and guarantee a beautiful sticker for you.
Can you Match the Color I See On My Computer Screen?
Computer screens represent color differently than ink and printed materials. This is because digital screens rely on the red (R), greeen (G), blue (B) color matching system, which will vary from screen to screen, and even personal settings in screen displays of computers or smartphones. For the best results in matching colors on a computer screen, we recommend starting with art files that are built in CMYK or 4 color process.
Can you Send Me a Press Proof?
We can send you a press proof, just let us know, and we can have one printed for you. There is an additional cost for press proofs of $35 - $45, depending on the sticker product and material of proof you will need.
Press proofs will have the same turnaround time for printing as the sticker product you are looking at. This means we can get a press proof to you quickly, so you can decide on color matching needs before finalizing your order for printing.
Silkscreen Printed Stickers
When we print stickers with Silkscreen, or a spot color printing process, we use the Pantone Solid Color Matching System. This system is based on a standardized set of colors, that allows printers from all over the world to match colors nearly exactly.
What is Pantone Color Matching?
The standardized colors in this system are based on the series of Pantone solid color books, and new colors are introduced into these books regularly. From this system, we use colors spot colors for printing Silkscreen Stickers. The Pantone System allows printers and manufacturers all over the world to have a matching guide to colors that lets them match colors incredibly closely.
Can You Print to Match a Pantone Color?
Yes, we can match most Pantone colors very closely when working from vector files. When we match Pantones you have already worked with in your designs, we can work within this system to find other Pantone colors to find a match to your designs and artwork.
Does It Cost Extra to Match Pantone Colors?
When printing with Silkscreen process we have a set of standard ink selections that you can work with. There is no additional cost to match colors from our standard ink selections. These can be found in our Ink Options page.
If a color you need to match is not available in our standard sets of inks, we can also specially match colors for you. This does cost a bit more, as we mix the colors just for you and your custom stickers.
Can you change the color of one area of my sticker for me?
Depending on the type of image file you send us, it may be possible for us to change the color in just one area of your design. In order for us to do this, we need to have vector files for your artwork. If you’re not sure what type of artwork files you have, you can read more about that on our page explaining the differences between raster and vector artwork file formats.