Making sure your printed colours match your design
Every designer knows that sometimes it can be tricky to get the colours in your printed job to match those on your desktop. Modern digital printing techniques and presses have greatly increased the accuracy of colour reproduction but it’s still important to be aware of the issue, especially if when creating high impact large format print like outdoor poster or see-through window graphics. There are a few simple steps you can take to ensure that your printed job matches your design.
Use a good monitor
With monitors, as with most appliances, you get what you pay for. However, you don’t necessarily need to pay thousands to get accurate colour. Ideally you’ll use a 4K monitor with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. When designing window graphics you’ll want a decent size too as scrolling across small displays can become very tiresome and lead to errors as you won’t see the whole job well. There are plenty of cheap monitors but they’re not designed for design and accurate colour work so do some research before you buy.
Calibrate your screen
There are a number of ways to calibrate your display but the best is to use a calibration tool. These measure the light in the workspace as well as the light emitted by your monitor before adjusting the colour space. Some desktop printers include calibration tools that allow you to print colour blocks and adjust colours until they match those on screen but only with that specific printer. Remember that large format artwork like see-through window graphics will be seen from distance as well as up close so it’s important your printed colours match your design.
Think about your monitor’s position
Avoid working in conditions that are too dark, too bright or that create glare on your monitor. Make sure you’re looking at your screen face-on as even seeing it from a slight angle can greatly alter the colour you see.
Talk to your printer
Make sure your printer uses high quality printing presses to produce accurate colour and image reproduction. Build a relationship with your printer and avoid using printers who print many jobs at once in bulk. It’s unlikely your job with get the attention you require unless your printer works on each job individually, so ask about their practices and production processes.
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