The colour of your expectations within the printing process

Whilst we make every effort to ensure your files print just how you expect, variation in colour is intrinsic in both digital and litho printing processes.  This is down to several factors such as the paper stock, dot gain (an aspect in certain forms of printing which can cause printed material to look darker than ideally wanted), press and ink tolerances.

Also the chances of producing a 100% colour match to a previous print job, either by us or another company is improbable.

The chart below represents likely outcomes when printing colours. Please note that certain Pantone colours such as Reflex Blue can have slightly different deviation by not just appearing lighter or darker but also purple in colour.

Here at 86 Online Print we only produce work using full colour CMYK plates. To ensure the best results make sure that all your pantone colours are correctly converted to CMYK before uploading your artwork.



My printed letterheads look different to how they did on my screen, why is that?

Colours you see on your own computer monitor, inkjet or laser printer may vary in colour and tone to professional printing equipment that we, and many other printing companies use.

Colour calibration can differ on monitors and also depending on whether they are LCD, LED or CRT the colours can appear different. This coupled with the light produced by your monitor, never expect the printed outcome to be 100% the same as what your screen shows you!

Monitor Versus Paper


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