Deciding to Use Black or Rich Black

Posted by Chetan Bharadwaj | Posted in Designing | Posted on 26-06-2011

This article may be treated as guide to preparing files for Print: When printing with black, there are 2 (two) types of black you might like to use.

  • Black – 100K; this can be used for bar codes & body copy
  • Rich Black – 40C 40M 40Y 100K; used for blocks of black

Note: Rich black color code specifications in CMYK may differ from printer to printer, so it’s better asking your printer what they recommend.

Rich Black V/S Black (100K)

From the example below, you will find the difference between black and rich/packed black.

Since the PC screens show richer colors in RGB, it may be difficult to distinguish while preparing files on a monitor screen depending on the monitor type and calibration. Hence, it’s wise to get a print proof when printing blocks of black.

Here is a sample of a flyer using the specification of 2 blacks above.
On left: Rich black / On right: black

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