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4 Color Offset Printing

The 4-Color Process is the most widely used method for printing full-color images. All commercial printers use the 4-Color Process method for projects that contain multi-colored designs or photographs. This includes books, catalogs, manuals, magazines, brochures, postcards and any other printed items that contain full-color images. Because of its widespread use in both offset and digital printing, the 4-Color Process is much more affordable today than in years past.
As its name implies, 4 ink colors are used in 4-Color Process printing. These four colors are Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. Which are known collectively as CMYK. In fact, 4-Color Process printing is frequently referred to as CMYK printing. It is also known as Four Color Printing, 4CP, Full-Color Printing, or simply Process Printing.

Full-color images are created on the printing press by applying separate layers of the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black inks. Thousands of colors can be reproduced by overlapping these CMYK colors in various concentrations. Applied as tiny dots on the paper (or other substrate), the four CMYK colors combine to create the visual effect we know as full-color printing. Look at the photographs in a printed magazine or brochure under strong magnification, and you will see the distinct CMYK dots.4 Color Offset Printing-All kinds of colour printing solutions

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CMYK Process Printing Features
  • It uses the same 4 standardized base colors all the time (cyan, magenta, yellow and black).
  • Small dots of these colors are printed at different angles to create the printed image.
  • The most widely used and cost-effective color system in commercial printing.
  • It’s significantly cheaper than toner-based or digital printing for larger quantity runs.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How is CMYK used in offset printing?
The reason offset printers use CMYK is that, in order to achieve color, each ink (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) has to be applied separately until they combine to form a full-color spectrum. By contrast, computer monitors create color using light, not ink.
What type of ink is used in offset printing?
PIGMENT: There are two basic types of pigment used in offset printing inks. Organic pigment, which is made from carbon, is used for making black ink. Inorganic pigments, which are made by mixing various chemicals together, are used for colored inks.
Why CMYK is best used in offset printing?
CMYK printing is the standard in the industry. The reason for printing using CMYK comes down to an explanation of the colors themselves. This gives CMY a much wider range of colors compared to just RGB. The use of CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) for printing has become kind of a trope for printers.
What kind of image quality does offset printing provide?
Unlike other printing methods, offset printing creates crisp and clear images that don’t blur or fade through the printing process. It is this quality and consistency of image that is behind its continued popularity in business.

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