How to colour-match your print projects

Most designers have experienced issues with getting colours in print to match what's on our screens at some point. After picking the colours in your designs carefully – and maybe considering colour theory to influence your colour palette choices – if things don't turn out as expected it can be confusing and frustrating trying to troubleshoot the problem.

Thankfully there are a few simple steps you can take to improve your colour matching, thereby reducing the amount of proofing you need to do and avoiding embarrassing delays in delivering print work to clients.

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Sam Hampton-Smith

Sam is a designer and illustrator based in Scotland, UK. He splits his time between art and design, motion and video and writing for various creative titles. He has written a book about web design, Pro CSS3 Layout Techniques and contributed to typography book, Fonts and Typefaces Made Easy.