4 Color Process Labels


Achieving High Image and Color Accuracy

Our flexographic and digital label presses use a four color process to achieve full color printing. Known commonly as CMYK, the letters stand for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (Black). In flexographic printing, the label artwork colors are separated into ink levels of CMYK. This separation is used to create printing plates and each plate prints a single color. With all four printing plates combined, the CMYK inks create photographic quality images. For the best color results, your labels should be designed in CMYK.

  • Full color labels can help your product stand out on the shelf, and in the minds of your consumers.
  • Save time on your order by designing your labels in the CMYK colorspace – not RGB.
  • 4 color process printing doesn’t allow for metallic or fluorescent inks.
  • We can print up to 12 colors (or 11 colors plus a UV coating) with flexographic printing.

Frankly I’m a bit amazed that you give such fine service for individuals as you do for the commercial market. - Stu K.


Spot Colors and 4 Color Process Labels

Since normal CMYK inks are mixed during the printing process, minor differences in color can occur when printing at high volumes. Using spot colors, however, can avoid this entirely. Spot colors are inks that are premixed to their needed level by a computerized ink matching system, then used during the printing process to achieve a higher level of color consistency.

Spot colors will grant you acute accuracy and consistency with every press run. In a flexographic press, they can be used for up 12 different colors in a single run; digital presses can use up to seven spot colors in addition to CMYK colors for a total of 10 colors.

Why “K” for Black?

As mentioned earlier, the ‘K’ in CMYK stands for Key. A key plate color is the color which prints the detail in the image. Without a key plate, the images typically lack any detail because the key color is used to provide lines and contrast. Since black is the most commonly used key plate color, the ‘K’ in CMYK has become synonymous with black.


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