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You may have heard the terms CMYK full colour or PMS spot colour. Read on while I explain the differences between the two, plus the benefits and disadvantages of different printing technology commonly used in the printing industry.
There are many different types of printing methods and technology, most of which are more suitable for a certain variety of product or scenario. I have compiled a brief explanation of the different printing technologies available, to help you understand which option may have been used to print your business stationary and marketing material.
What is Offset Printing?
The relationship between off set printing and digital printing could be compared to the vinyl record and CD or DVD. Offset printing uses ‘analogue technology' (plates and blankets), but produces a higher resolution print and a much faster sheet rate than a digital press.
Set up costs for offset printing is higher than digital printing, but run on costs (cost per sheet) are a lot lower. This traditional printing style is commonly used to manufacture a range of products such as business cards, flyers, magnets, stickers, brochures, duplicate invoice books, letterheads - generally in run sizes of 500 sheets +
With Easter just around the corner, department stores, dollar stores, and even specialty shops are restocking shelves with familiar packages of egg coloring kits. PAAS may be the most familiar name associated with egg dyeing. A typical kit includes six dye tablets, a dipper, and accessories such as glitter or stickers. Both pastel and bold neon egg dye colors are available.
Colors Galore offers vinegar-free dyes and a process that might be a little less messy. Two or three drops of dye are squirted in a plastic bag and then the egg is simply rolled around in the bag until a marbleized effect is created. For those looking for something a little more sophisticated, Eastern Unlimited sells the 24 Karat Easter Egg Kit, which contains two packets of gold glaze and three dyes: red, blue and yellow.
Health conscious folks may prefer organic egg dyes and natural food colors. For example, simmering an egg in a water-vinegar bath with cranberries or raw beets produces varying intensities of pink. Blueberries create blue eggs, the most popular of the egg dye colors. Yellow onion skins will give a yellow hue; coffee or tea dyes eggs brown or beige; and red onions can create a jade green dye. While all of the colors appear somewhat muted, the egg shells are totally harmless to those who may be allergic to commercial dyes.
Colour psychology is an increasingly important part of logo choice and branding strategies. Explore the choice of 20 top companies and what they represent.
Colours are the vital elements of visual language which people are conscious about. We use colours to delight the atmosphere or surroundings. Anything which is colourful will attract our eyes more quickly than a colourless object. This tendency of colour is called as colour psychology. Now a days colours are used more intensely in various platforms in our day-to-day life like giving presentations, drawing maps, brand promotions, etc.
Each Colour has its own psychological effects and can influence people in its own way. Blue is calm and provides a sense of security, Green creates a sense of harmony, Purple develops problem-solving skill and creativity where Red creates a sense of urgency.
Colour means a lot to interior designers. They study each and every shade of colour to get the desired results and most of all they study the psychological effect of colours. In the following infographic you will understand the effects of colour psychology and how does it impact on interior design. You will know which the brand colours are and how they influence people. Also, you will get an idea about the favourite colours according to the ages and genders and their attributes.
Pantone has recently announced its new Color of the Year as “Greenery” (15-0343), the brightest green it has highlighted to date. Replacing the soft and comfortable pink and blue colors of 2016, this shade of yellow-green is perky and zesty, practically oozing energy and expectation. After more than nine months of analyzing global color trends in interior design, graphic arts, fashion design, social media, technology and consumer products, the folks at Pantone have concluded that leafy green is ready for center stage, and hence the-colors-name.
Originally, this shade was popular in the ‘20s, when green first debuted on the cover of Vogue. It was also a player in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and to a lesser degree, in the ‘90s. Although not always an easy choice to wear, it remains the most soothing shade to the human eye. Green is also able to complement almost any other color, and as such, makes an ideal backdrop for other combinations. In fact, Pantone has dubbed Greenery “Nature's neutral.”
For those who are a bit hesitant, this yellow-green can be used in small strategic “pops” of color to awaken an otherwise staid and tired design. For example, Anthropologie sells the Leather Finn Rocker, a vibrant green leather rocker that would be an attention-getter in any living room or den. A painting, decorative art piece, pillows, vase or table centerpiece could also work to enliven a living space or office.
With Easter just around the corner, department stores, dollar stores, and even specialty shops are restocking shelves with familiar packages of egg coloring kits.Read More
Pantone has recently announced its new Color of the Year as “Greenery” (15-0343), the brightest green it has highlighted to date.Read More
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If there were one color scheme to describe the 2016-2017 trends in large recreational vehicles (RVs), it might be summed up as “50 Shades of Greige.” This somewhat subdued, even understated marriage of grays and beiges continues to grow as a popular choice for camping vehicles, especially the Class A coach crowd.Read More
In the spring of 2015, adult coloring books hit the American market, climbing quickly to the top of Amazon's Best Seller list.Read More