Split fountain printing

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split fountain printing

Of all the kinds of printing available, split fountain is without a doubt my favourite.

If you’re not familiar with the process… Typically when printing, a single colour only is used in each ink fountain (pictures to follow), and while gradients can be printed using modern process colour printing – the standard mix of cyan, magenta, yellow and black found in your average home/office printer – printing methods like letterpress are typically limited to solid colours as a wooden or metal block stamps a colour into a stock, a method which doesn’t allowing blending of multiple densities and layers of ink.

By blending inks directly in the fountain, split fountain printing allows for some wonderful effects in letterpress and screen printing which otherwise wouldn’t be achievable, combining blends of colour with the more exotic stocks and debossing effects that aren’t available with standard offset printing.

The best of both worlds.

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Something borrowed, something pink

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pink wedding invitations

I’m all for tradition, but there is definitely a part of me that loves a more outlandish approach to things. These fluorescent pink wedding invitations by The Hungry Workshop (in letterpress, my favourite) definitely fall into that category.

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Edge painting business cards

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colour edging letterpress

You’ve got the front and rear of your business card designed and printed. Now how about the sides? Edge painting, or colour edging if you prefer, is a great addition to really make your business card stand out.

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True colours by Faber-Castell

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dog colour

A great range of advertisements for the Faber Castell pencil range.

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What women and men call colours

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what men women call colours

Since I’m on the wrong side of this stereotype, I think it’s ok to have a laugh. Be sure to view the post in full for the entire colour chart.

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Pantone paint cans

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pantone paint

Having recently painted our house, I can tell you from first hand experience that choosing colours isn’t as exciting as you might think. If only paint came like this…

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Pantone cookies!

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pantone cookies

Sending out Christmas cards to clients as thank you gifts is nice is its own way, but it’s going to be hard to top these Pantone Chip Cookies by fellow designer Kim Neill.

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Pantone colour of the year

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pantone colour of the year

With 2011 on the horizon, Pantone have again announced their annual colour of the year. This years winner, Honeysuckle. Energizing Honeysuckle Lifts Spirits and Imparts Confidence to Meet Life’s Ongoing Challenges.

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0 to 255. Colour finder tool for web designers

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web colour picker

“0 to 255″ is a simple, web based tool for web designers that makes choosing colours, and finding variations of them a breeze.

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Colour for the colour blind – The ColourAdd system

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mixing

Colour blindness affects around 8% of the worlds population. With the Colour Add system, recognizing and even utilizing colour is now possible for those affected.

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