Commercial Printing-Screen Tints

Screen tints or screen percentages can help give an illusion of having additional colors in commercial printing jobs.

You can screen a color or black anywhere from 1-99%. You need to be careful in going above 80-85% though because you normally will have a gain in % on press that will probably approach a 100% solid of the actual color. A % below 5-10% depending on the color can be too light to see to be worth doing. In printing a brochure that is less than full color you can give the appearance of having more of a full color printing effect. You set your screen percentages in your software program at the time you are creating your document.

Written by Buzz Tatom
The Odee Company

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