ARTWORK & PRINTING

What is a Spot Color?

Spot color printing is a printing process in which each color is printed using only its own ink. That might seem logical, but think about how a computer prints color documents. With digital printing, the orange is a mix of magenta and yellow inks, a little bit like how you used to mix red and yellow watercolor paints in kindergarten class. With spot color printing, that orange ink comes straight from a bottle.

Spot color printing is most often used on promotional items that have a one-color design in one location. More than three colors, and spot color printing gets pretty pricey.

Examples of Spot Color Printing

Screen printing and pad printing are both examples of spot color printing. Click on those links and see how they're done! It's almost as much fun as being back in your kindergarten art class!