Paper Matters Blog
Print Solutions: Achieving a Deep, Rich Black on Uncoated Paper

“How do I print deep, rich black on uncoated paper?”

This is a question we get all the time. The truth is, there are many ways to achieve a deep, rich, even-looking black on your next print project if you’re using high-quality uncoated papers like Cougar® or Lynx® Opaque Ultra. Here are three ways we’ve printed blacks in recent promotions.

1. Build areas of heavy black coverage with 4-color process. Bright white paper stock appears more vibrant when contrasted with a heavy solid — we often build a very dense black with K – 100%, C – 40%, M – 30% and Y – 30%.

2. Our recent Explore Lynx print collateral proves that heavy, dark solids can print beautifully on uncoated paper. The background richness was achieved with two hits of rich black, plus a match blue screen. And the bright white in the image itself? That’s simply Lynx® Opaque Ultra shining through.

3. As in the case with our Share on Cougar® print collateral, sometimes running a double hit of process black is enough on high-quality uncoated paper.

The bottom line is this: no matter what you’d like to achieve on-press, make sure you have a conversation with your printer as early in the process as possible. Once your printer knows your expectations, he/she can then recommend the best approach to take.

To receive more print solutions, print industry trends and graphic design inspiration, subscribe to our magazine, Paper Matters.

Related Blogs

Fall is Here, but are You Ready?

How to Recruit with Social Media

The Value in Young Talent

About The Author

Discussion

Reply
Staff (0) Community (1341)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Contributors

Vanecia Carr
Sr. Director Marketing Product & Management
Meredith Collins
Customer Marketing Manager
Paige Goff
Vice President of Sustainability
John Parke
Customer Marketing Manager
Nicholas Pearson
Marketing Specialist