The total color application is derived from the total of the individual color channels.
MAXIMUM COLOR APPLICATION
The maximum color application specifies the total of the individual color channels which can be applied maximally depending on production time and paper/print substrate.
Too much color application in printing leads to the color smudging the next sheet due to the increased drying time.
We generally recommend complying with a maximum colour application of 300 % for normal production times.
Same-day and express orders should not exceed a maximum colour application of 260 %. Otherwise, the shorter drying time may lead to smudging onto the next sheet of printed material.
Dark green area with the composition 100 % Cyan, 40 % Magenta, 100 % Yellow and 60 % Key
Color application = 100 % C + 40 % M + 100 % Y + 60 % K = 300 %
Minimum color application
Too little color application in printing leads to the color being not or nearly not recognisable depending on the print process and print substrate. We therefore recommend a minimum color application of approx. 3 to 5 % per color channel; the color can also be composed of one single color channel (e.g. 5 % Cyan, 0 % Magenta, 0 % Yellow, 0 % Key).
Pink area with the composition 5 % Cyan, 5 % Magenta, 0 % Yellow and 0 % Key
Color application = 5 % C + 5 % M + 0 % Y + 0 % K = 10 %