Pantone Black or Pantone Process Black?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by stimpycat, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. stimpycat macrumors regular

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    Hi - I always use Pantone Black C for all spot jobs (logos and stationery mainly) If the client wants a grey I use a solid Pantone Grey, never a tint.

    However I have a client who insits on having a 1 colour job and wants a black and a grey - making a tint though from the Pantone Black C appears yellowy / brown (bit like the RGB - CMYK converted black)

    However when using Pantone Process Black C - a tint looks more like grey.

    This makes me wonder what is the best Black to use? What are the differences?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Just request a standard process black (K)... the Pantone Blacks (barring Process) all have a cast to them for solids that need a little warmth or depth. When half-toned, they exhibit the cast more clearly, which is nice when you want it, but not when you don't.
     
  3. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    Is it just stationery? Large areas of black on heavier papers benefit from a cyan shiner behind.
     

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