Almost certainly for brand colour you should specify a Spot colour in the printing process. An addition fifth plate is added during the printing process which when printed is exactly the same of the Spot colour on the Pantone swatch. You are not limited to one, it is possible to add a sixth, or seventh plate to the printing process..
When making a multi-color print with a spot color process, every spot color needs its own lithographic plate. All the areas of the same spot color are printed using the same film, hence, using the same lithographic plate. The dot gain, hence the screen angle and line frequency, of a spot color vary according to its intended purpose.
Spot lamination and UV coatings
Spot lamination and UV coatings are also referred to as ‘spot colors’, as they share the characteristics of requiring a separate lithographic film and print run.
The widespread offset-printing process is composed of four spot colours: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black commonly referred to as CMYK. More advanced processes involve the use of six spot colors (hexachromatic process). This adds Orange and Green to the process (termed CMYKOG). The two additional spot colors are added to compensate for the ineffective reproduction of faint tints using CMYK colors only. However, offset technicians around the world use the term spot colour to mean any colour generated by a non-standard offset ink; such as metallic, fluorescent, spot varnish, or custom hand-mixed inks.
- Pantone, has been dominant spot color printing system since 1980’s.
- Toyo and DIC are common spot color system in Japan.
- RAL (color space system) is a color matching system used in Europe. The so-called RAL CLASSIC system is mainly used for varnish and powder coating.
First printed by Pre Press 2002/2008/2014/2020