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Best practice: Using spot colours and varnishes

Fed up with traditional four-colour processes? Then why not use InDesign; spot colours and varnishes to enhance impact. Dylan Channon shows you how.

How many times have you received a job back from the printer, only to discover that the orange you used isn't quite as orange as you thought it would be? Traditional four-colour printing has been around for years, but it has its limitations, especially when it comes to bright, zingy colours. And fluorescent or metallic colours are entirely out of the question.

If you want to use these colours, you'll need to use extra, or spot, colours. Most printers now use five or even six-colour presses, so you'll only have to cover the cost of an extra plate and a bit of ink.

Over the next two pages you'll be taught the basic principles of creating and applying a spot colour, and given top tips on checking the separate plates before you send it to be printed. You'll then push the technique a step further, taking a look at ways to create a spot UV varnish plate that will add a luxurious finishing touch to your work. It's really not as difficult as you might think.

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