Design Considerations for Colorplan

Our Colorplan Collection offers a diverse range of vibrantly colored paper stocks, all in a sturdy 18pt thickness and with a smooth uncoated surface.

As with the rest of our colored stocks, we recommend designs that do not have a solid or full coverage background so that the natural color of the stock and texture can shine on its own. Covering this will negate the purpose of choosing a colored stock and most importantly, can alter the color output of your design. Below are a few additional considerations.

Color (Paper and Inks)

The color of the paper stock will affect the overall appearance of your design. Lighter colors of your design may not be very visible on a colored stock, and medium to darker colors tend to appear darker when printed on a colored stock. Darker colored stocks are only suitable to be printed with dark colors and black.

Photographs and gradients are not recommended as the colored stock will greatly alter the colors. Minimal colors and simple designs are best.

If you are using a color in your design and are unsure of how the printed piece will appear, you may order a Printed Proof by submitting a Custom Quotation.

Heavy Coverage 

The use of heavy coverage or full color backgrounds is not suitable for this stock. Minimalistic designs are best! If your design has a lot of color and heavy coverage, we suggest a white and coated stock for optimal results.

White Print

By default, we offer CMYK digital printing on our Colorplan stocks which consists of Cyan, Yellow, Magenta and Black inks. White, is therefore not available unless an additional printing process such as Screen Print or Foil is added.

When supplying your print-ready (design) files or viewing the online PDF proof we provide with your print order, please note that the white areas are considered transparent - they represent the color of the stock you chose. 

If your finished product requires white, you will need to add Screen Print or Foil to your order. Choose either of these as an option when building your product on the product page. If you wish to add white ink to an existing print order that you have already placed, please call our Customer Service Line.

Fine Detail

Due to the slight texture of the Colorplan stocks, it cannot hold fine detail as well. The finest detail we recommend is 0.4pt line-weight; however, please note that light colours or lines that are not solid (such as dotted lines) should be made thicker.


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