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What is color copying & color printing?
Color copying and color printing have been the traditional methods used to create color copies ever since modern printing was established. Color printing uses what is called the 4-color process, also known as CMYK, which enables printers to reproduce a huge range of colors and hues at reasonable cost for mass printing.
Other processes include PMS color printing (also known as Pantone Matching System, or Spot Coloring), which uses pre-mixed inks that adhere to the Pantone color catalog. RGB style colors are not used in commercial printing, but for video broadcast and color monitors.
When you are working in Photoshop and other graphics programs, make sure that your output is in CMYK format if it is intended for printing. Certain RGB color combinations cannot be reproduced in CMYK, so make sure to convert your RGB files to CMYK and output samples, so you can see what they look like. From there, you will be able to color correct the RGB only hues and create a master design that is suitable for print.
Also be careful that you don’t reference PMS colors if you intend to use CMYK for your color print—it might produce an unpredictable result. Consult with your printer when your design is complete about CMYK and PMS color outputs and options.
What is the four color process?
Color printing is also called four color printing. The four colors involved are cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (hence the acronym CMYK). In the 4-color process, inks of the colors are mixed in varying concentrations to reproduce a huge range of colors. Not all colors can be reproduced, but the majority that our eyes are able to perceive can, making it ideal for printing.
The CMYK process has been the foundation of commercial printing since the 19th century and is found in nearly all printed media produced today. CMYK mixed ink appears as tiny dots on paper. This is familiar to anyone who is a fan of comic books (which has always used the 4-color process) or reads magazines. This is also the basis of creating color copies with modern photocopiers, be they industry-sized photocopiers or small, personal ones. Cheap color copies and affordable color copy prices are thanks to the development of the CMYK process.
How does it work?
When using the CMYK process, color printing is separated into layers, where different concentrations of cyan, magenta, yellow and black are separated from the original design. This is known as color separation. During this stage, you’ll be able to see what colors can’t be converted from RGB to CMYK, and be able to color correct, often by using a PMS substitute or CMYK analog.
Then, when the design is actually printed, the printing device combines the cyan, magenta, yellow and black layers simultaneously, creating the full color print image.
Fun facts about the history of color printing and copying
Ever since Johannes Gutenberg invented the first movable type printing press, the world of color printing and copying has been full of fun and interesting facts! Modern color copying and printing descends directly from woodblock printing in which inks were directly pressed onto textiles, and has advanced along with advancements in paper making. This is how modern color copies were born.
Did you know
One of the world’s smallest printed books is a 22 page Japanese picture book, illustrating flowers, that measures 0.0291 by 0.0295 inches. A magnifying glass is required to view these illustrations. The title of the book is “Shiki no Kusabana”
King Henry VIII (yes, that one) chartered the world’s oldest printing concern. Under royal charter, Cambridge University Press began operations in 1534. Cambridge University Press has been printing books non stop since 1584, and every year prints more than 2000 titles a year, shipping books to over 200 countries.
Benjamin Franklin was the first paper merchant in the United States, establishing his business in the 1720s.
The inventor Charles Chesterton made the first photocopy, using static electricity, light, and dry powder back in October 22, 1938.
Color copying isn’t just for printing out Powerpoint slides. Color copying is the bedrock of artist and commercial presentation. Its been used for creative art, ingenious promotion, political activism, and is fundamental in communication, especially since cheap color printing is commercially viable.
Color copying, combined with creative platforms such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, can be used to:
Creative ideas that can be applied to color copying and printing are endless.
Business applications for color copying and printing are also many. To name a few: