What does four-color process mean?
Four-color process uses a mix / percentages of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black inks to make up the color gamete. These are the colors used on process printing presses.
Example of color mixes are:
Color example #1: 100% magenta + 100% yellow = RED
Color example #2: 60% magenta + 100% yellow = ORANGE
Color example #3: 20% magenta + 100% yellow = GOLD
What does 4/4, 4/1 and 4/0 mean?
4/4 means that your piece will be printed as four-color process on the front and on the back.
4/0 means it will be printed as four-color process on one side only, with nothing on the back side.
4/1 means it will print as four-color process on side and BLACK ink only on the other side.
For quoting and pricing purposes, if you piece your prints as four-color process on one side and all blue ink on the back side, this is NOT 4/1. It is 4/4.
Do I use "RGB" colors or "CMYK" colors?
What is "four-color" process?
Why do my colors not print out the way they look on my monitor?
Four-color process is creating colors using percentages of CYAN, MAGENTA, YELLOW & BLACK. These are the colors used on printing presses. All presses at Jayroe Printing are four-color process presses.
Printing presses do not print in "RGB" colors (red, green, blue). RGB colors are used for creating items for the Internet that are to be viewed only. RGB is the color of light, not the color of ink.
It is recommended to use Pantone colors and convert them to "process". Trust what the Pantone looks like in the book, not what your monitor looks like. If you are creating artwork for printing purposes, you cannot go by the exact colors on your monitor. All monitor colors vary.