Colour application

The total colour application is derived from the total of the individual colour channels.

Maximum colour application

The maximum colour application specifies the total of the individual colour channels which can be applied maximally depending on production time and paper/print substrate.
Too much colour application in printing leads to the colour smudging the next sheet due to the increased drying time.

We recommend the following in terms of maximum colour application:

  • Coated paper: 330 %
  • Uncoated paper: 300 %
  • Same-day print: 260 %
The total colour application is derived from the total of the individual colour channels.

Example:

Dark green area with the composition 100 % Cyan, 40 % Magenta, 100 % Yellow and 60 % Key


Colour application = 100 % C + 40 % M + 100 % Y + 60 % K = 300 %

Minimum colour application

Too little colour application in printing leads to the colour being not or nearly not recognisable depending on the print process and print substrate. We therefore recommend a minimum colour application of approx. 3 to 5 % per colour channel; the colour can also be composed of one single colour channel (e.g. 5 % Cyan, 0 % Magenta, 0 % Yellow, 0 % Key).

Too little colour application in printing leads to the colour being not or nearly not recognisable.

Example:

Pink area with the composition 5 % Cyan, 5 % Magenta, 0 % Yellow and 0 % Key


Colour application = 5 % C + 5 % M + 0 % Y + 0 % K = 10 %

We generally recommend complying with a maximum colour application of 300 % for normal production times.

Same-day and express orders should not exceed a maximum colour application of 260 %. Otherwise, the shorter drying time may lead to smudging onto the next sheet of printed material.