Why is the CMYK printing better than spot color printing

18/09/2020 0 Comment(s)

cmyk-vs-spot-colorIn our view, full-color printing beats the spot color printing hands down. The full-color printing method delivers much quicker results compare to traditional Spot-color printing. For the cost of one set of Spot-color printing, you could have ordered 2-3 sets of cards in most of the print places online. More, the business card file setup on the full-color printing is much simpler to deal with than the spot color printing. Unless you know a graphic designer with knowledge in the spot printing process, you need to get help from the print shop. 


In today's business printing, the process of color or full-color printing is the preferred method to print. Here are the reasons.

  • More and more difficult to find graphic designers who know how to separate the spot color printing method correctly.
  • The cost between the process color and the spot color printing is closing.
  • There are many more process printers available today.
  • Unless you are looking for an absolute color matching there is no reason to print as the spot color printing exception of shirt printing, specialty announcements, envelopes, letterhead, forms, a large quantity of 1 or 2 color simple prints.


What are Spot Colors

In offset printing, spot colors are produced when inks are laid down in a single run. Spot or solid, colors consist of pure and mixed inks that are produced without the use of screens or multicolor dots. These specific inks require their own printing plate and press when applied to designs, which means the print jobs can be costly.

Spot colors are ideal when color accuracy and consistency across print jobs are crucial; company logos and color-specific brand elements that feature few colors should be reserved for spot color printing. Spot color printing features a larger color gamut than process colors, which makes more distinct colors possible, such as metallic or fluorescent hues.

What are Process Colors

The more common method of offset printing involves process colors; these colors are produced by a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black), or CMYK inks. Each process color is comprised of percentages of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks.

Various percentages produce different hues. For example, 100% cyan combined with 100% magenta produces a violet color. The number of process colors might seem endless, but in reality, process colors provide a limited color range when compared to spot colors.

Unique Business card paper selection

Aside from our standard 16 and 14pt paper, our show stopper cards are the silk or laminated cards, Suade Velvet cards, Various unique linen cards, Magnetic cards, Plastic cards, Akua Metallic cards, Brown Kraft cards, Perl Metallic cards, Cotton cards, Suade black cards, Gold Pearlescent Plastic Cards and more.

Business card Finishing Options

Our Finishing Option is available in various premium paper selection. Be sure to check us for the availability. You can add Rounded corner, add Raised ink cards, add Spot UV cards, add Foil cards, add Embossed cards, add Punched cards, add Perforated cards, add PMS Color specific matching cards, add Colored Edged cards, add Numbered cards, add 58 Die-cut cards, turn into Folderover marketing cards, and Custom shape the card with a laser.

Use of Business card Template

We don’t have business card templates of our own but we recommend the use of Canva.com‘s selection to create the card. Their business card template offers a modern-day graphic style and easy to use design interfaces.