Recommended black colours

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There are many types of black available with CMYK printing.

The two black colours we recommend are K100 black and rich black – but rich black should only be used in certain circumstances.

100K Black 0, 0, 0, 100
Rich Black 60, 40, 40, 100

The subtleties between these blacks is hard to see on screen, but the difference in print output can be drastic, so it is important to pay attention to this.

K100 Black

Should be used:

  • Text – especially body text and smaller text
  • Screens and tints (to make grey)
  • In gradients

Rich Black

Should be used:

  • Large areas of solid black where a deep black colour is desired
  • Large heading text (over 16pt font size)

Regardless of if you choose to use K100 Black or Rich Black in your design, the best output will be achieved by supplying vector files.

Other black colours that are not recommended include: RGB Black and Registration Black

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