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Production for Print by Mark Gatter

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Creating and Using a Rich Black

In the page-layout programs, black is usually set to overprint everything. That makes sense, because black is intended to be opaque and is never trying to create a third color when it overlaps another. Pantone colors are also intended to be opaque although in practice they are not. However, cyan, magenta, or yellow are intended to be transparent and thus create additional color blends between them when one lands on top of another. Printing other elements within a large, solid-black background can be fraught with problems. For a start, in order to get a nice solid black, the printer cannot stint on the ink flow. Also, as it is most likely printing onto white paper, there has got to be enough ink, evenly spread, ...

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