Six Colors Are Better Than Four


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At Forever Live, I learned more about the Indigo printing process that Forever uses to produce photo books. Specifically, Forever uses a six color production process that produces improved color but is rarely used for consumer products. Six-color printing is generally used only for professional products since it costs approximately 50% more than four-color printing.

Printer Digital Image Halftone-35Light cyan and light magenta are the two additional inks used for six-color CcMmYK printing. With the expanded colors, printers rely less on grainy halftone dots to produce continuous tones. Light cyan and light magenta particularly evident in portraits, where light magenta improves skin tone reproduction, and in landscapes, where light cyan reduces the graininess of the blue sky. The next time you are looking at a six-color photo book or digital print, look carefully and you will see a difference.





About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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