Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:27 PM
Anyone know where I can buy process color swatches?
Posted 13 November 2013 - 02:02 PM
These used to be popular promotional swag from big process printing houses—though of course no two were ever exactly the same. In the 1990s I invested in the Trumatch fanbook for CMYK combos, but a couple of years later decided the Pantone CMYK fanbook seemed to better match my results.
Chronicle Books has one that I suppose is a natural sequel to their little Designers Guide to Color volumes. Amazon's page lists a number of alternatives. Of course, it's important to get a book that matches the standard colors used in your part of the world. If you mostly print at USA printers, don't buy a guide that uses the Asian standard web inks.
I want to clarify that we're not talking about the Pantone Color Formula Guide (with the three- and four-digit Pantone numbers) that is for specifying pigmented color inks. We're talking about books showing the results of various CMYK combinations. I find it depressing how many graphic designers I work with who don't seem to understand the difference.
Posted 14 November 2013 - 12:19 AM
Some people gave good reviews for the book format but I like to be able to lay out particular swatches next to each other.
The only source I can see now for the Trumatch swatches is Amazon, who are selling ones "published" in 2008. Would you have any reservations about buying an unused six year old set?
Posted 14 November 2013 - 01:56 PM
I wouldn't worry unduly about the publication date—but of course I'm still using a 20-year-old fanbook. To be honest, I'm not even sure where it is right now. I've gotten in the bad habit of just mixing colors onscreen, as so little of my work ever gets to a real printing press.
Posted 18 November 2013 - 09:00 PM
Thanks for the advice, Dennis.
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