Color application

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

Maximum color application

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

We recommend the following in terms of maximum color application:

  • Coated paper: 330 %
  • Uncoated paper: 300 %
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


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

Minimum color application

Too little color application in printing leads to the color being not or nearly not recognisable depending on the print process and print substrate. We therefore recommend a minimum color application of approx. 3 to 5 % per color channel; the color can also be composed of one single color 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


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

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