Full color or 4 color what’s the diff?

cmyk process printingWhether asking for a print quote or sending a job with print specifications it is important to tell the printer whether the job prints in color or black only. Some clients specify Full Color others 4 Color. Both are correct. Printing color images requires the use of four process colors: Cyan Magenta Yellow and Black. However, print technology does advance and presses are capable of printing 6, 8, 10+ colors; ink technology also evolves and manufacturers have added two additional process colors (orange and green) to the standard 4 to increase the color gamut reproduced on paper. This is also called Full Color.
That is why I always advise clients to be as detailed as possible. If the job is to print standard 4 color process than say it as such to avoid any problems.

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