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Printing Reference Guide

Printing Reference Guide

A dye-sublimation printer is a computer printer which uses heat to transfer dye onto materials such as a plastic, card, paper, or fabric. It produces true continuous tones appearing much like a chemical photograph. The prints are dry and ready to handle as soon as they exit the printer.

A RGB color model is an additive color model in which red, green and blue light are added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colors. Used for web and digital spaces.

A CMYK color model (process color, four color) is a subtractive color model, used in color printing, and is also used to describe the printing process itself. CMYK refers to the four inks used in some color printing: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black)

A SPOT COLOR is a special premixed ink that is used instead of, or in addition to, process inks, and that requires its own printing plate on a printing press. Use spot color when few colors are specified and color accuracy is critical.

A PANTONE is a standardized color matching system, utilizing the Pantone numbering system for identifying colors. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all reference a Pantone numbered color, making sure colors match without direct contact with one another.

The LAB COLOR or CIELAB color space is a color space defined by the International Commission on Illumination (CIE) in 1976. The space itself is a three-dimensional real number space, allowing an infinite number of possible representations of colors. It expresses color as three numerical values, L for the lightness and a and b for the green–red and blue–yellow color components. CIELAB was designed to be perceptually uniform with respect to human color vision, meaning that the same amount of numerical change in these values corresponds to about the same amount of visually perceived change

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