The Pindot Press Colour Chart shows all the colour inks that Pindot Press stocks as well as some of the combinations that result from 2-colour prints. In this tutorial, find out how the colour chart was made using grayscale layers.
The Colour Chart is organized by colour groups – each colour group goes from 100% opacity to 10% opacity from left to right. The colours that the colour group is being mixed with go from 100% opacity to 10% opacity in the opposite direction.
To create the Pindot Press Colour Chart, eight different colour separations were prepared. As you can see, they are all in grayscale. Black prints solid colours. Dark grey to light grey (90% to 10% opacity of Black) creates varying densities of halftones for the colours. A lighter density of halftones creates a lighter tone of the respective colour.
Here is a sample of the first print run with two colours – Black and Turquoise. You can check the above image gallery for their respective grayscale versions.
And here’s an example of the second pass with two additional colours, Yellow and Fluorescent Pink.
The Colour Chart took four passes to be able to include all 8 colours in a page. There were some challenges in printing four passes on relatively normal-weight recycled copy paper, but it got done! Phew!