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Old 11-21-2008, 12:51 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by don Arnoldy View Post
No, but it is customary that they are.

4-color &1-color are the proper terminology in English also, but you must remember that when printers say "color," they mean "ink." A 1-color page, printed in black ink can have a whole range of shades of grey. A 4-color page, printed in process colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) can produce the full-color pages that you see in most printed material.

The printer could clean out the press and put any color of ink in it, then all of your inside pages would be printed in that color. It just not often done. You would be charged extra for such a request—it takes some time to clean a press for an ink change.
Nicely explained, Don!

However, it does depend on the press, which is why it's so important to select the printer early in the design process and confer often.

The printer I'm currently sending all my work to is a largeish plant with two large presses, I think 6 and 8 colour. They run all colours all the time, 24 hours a day, and still quote competitively. So a one colour job specified with black as the only colour goes on the same press, with all the inks activated, as a four colour job, with the paper the only difference. My clients love it because for magazine work, they can incorporate colour photographs anywhere on the inside pages with no difference in cost.

And the prepress software the printer uses performs close to miracles on the poor quality photos I often have to include...

OTOH, one of the smaller printers I used to use would run black/white work Monday to Thursday and any colour work on Friday. It worked well for me for 10 years or so.

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