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Using tints

Tints look fine on screen but can reproduce too pale, too dark or not at all. The print process in all cases is never WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get!) when viewing on screen or as a hardcopy printout as explained below.

When using Pantone® colours, especially light colours, it’s best to avoid tints that contain less than 5% of a chosen colour as they usually print much lighter than they appear on screen. Similarly, it’s best to not go beyond 80-85% with darker tints as these will more than likely fill in as an inconsistent solid (see Tip No 1).

When using CMYK tints don’t try to create tints of a tint, i.e. a 5% tint value of PANTONE Orange 021 C converted (which is made up of Cyan 0% Magenta 53% Yellow 100% Black 0%). This will make Cyan 0% Magenta 2.65% Yellow 5% Black 0% which will show as a 5% tint of yellow and not orange.

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Published on: 2011-12-14 12:49:35

Last updated on: 2011-12-14 12:49:35