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Four Colour Process Printing (referred to as CMYK) is
the standard for most types of commercial
printing. It is a printing process using four
primary pigments (C stands for Cyan, M stands for
Magenta, Y stands for Yellow, K stands for Black) which
can be mixed and combined together in varying amounts to
provide a palette of thousands of different colours for
Based on this method of using 4 colours to print
with, a type of 'code' is used to quickly refer to
the colouration of the print.
refers to no print
1 refers to
"K" print (ie: black or grayscale)
4 refers to
four-colour process print (ie: cmyk) which means
1/0 (one-over-zero): "K" print on front
or covers / no print on
back or inside.
"K" on front or covers / "K" print on back
"CMYK" print on front or covers / no print on back
"CMYK" print on front or covers / "K"
print on back or inside.
"CMYK print on front or covers / "CMYK" print on back
There is a way to describe the style of insert card
or booklet that fits into a Jewel Case or Library Case
(please note that different manufacturers may refer to
this differently than we do). We call a simple
insert card with no folds as a panel. The panel has a
front side and a back side, and we refer to these sides
as pages. Thus, a 1 panel (2 page) insert. For the
type of insert that is folded in half, we call that a 2
panel (4 page), etc.
(also referred to as Pre-Flight or File Check)
After receiving client-supplied artwork the electronic
files are checked to see if they have been formatted
properly to our specifications.
Artwork that does not meet specifications must be rejected. Artwork that is accepted will then have
proofs generated for final client approval.
For artwork that is accepted in the Pre-Press stage, an
electronic proof (in .PDF format) is forwarded to the
client for final review and approval of design
layout. Proofs must be approved in writing.
Once the proofs have been approved by the client, the
order proceeds into the next stage of production.
RGB is another method of combining different amounts of
primary colours (in this case using Red, Green and Blue)
to create a larger palette of colours. Due to the
fact that computer monitors use the RGB colour mode, it
is common for scanners and design/imaging software to
format images in RGB by default. RGB is not used
for commercial printing.
Colours (also referred to as PMS colours or Pantone
Matching System colours)
When screenprinting, opaque inks are used to print the
artwork images. The number of different colours
available to print with range in the hundreds and so a
standard known as 'Pantone' was developed to aid in
referencing them all. Most good quality graphic
design software has the ability to cross reference a
number of different colour modes, including Pantone. The
most accurate reference is to design with the aid of a
printed Pantone swatch book.
Screenprinting is a method of printing where ink is
forced onto a substrate through the stencil image on a
finely woven screen. For CD manufacturing purposes
the substrate is the CD or DVD disc. There is one
screen per colour of ink required in the design, and
each colour is printing one at a time. The ink colours
used are referenced by 'Pantone' number, which is the
standard for commercial printing inks.
There are many forms of 'offset' printing, but at
Precision Disc we refer to it as Offset Disc Printing...
our alternative to Screenprinting the discs. The
Offset Print process offers a higher resolution and
tighter registration than screenprinting and is most
suitable for complex designs and multicolour
photographic images. Our Offset Printer runs on the Four
Colour Process Printing system as described above under
the "CMYK" heading.
Small quantities of CDs and DVDs (less than 300) are
typically duplicated, which is also referred to as being
'burned'. This is the most cost-effective way to produce
small numbers of discs as there are no special set up
requirements or procedures required.
For quantities of
300 CDs/DVDs or greater a
glass-master is used to physically replicate the discs.
Each disc is individually molded from polycarbonate
pellets then metalized and imprinted with the digital
image from your master. This is the highest quality and
most durable method of manufacture.
Film is made from your supplied artwork to image the
printing plates in a photographic process.