What is Rich Black?

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On a computer monitor, there is only one way to represent black. When there is no light coming from the monitor, the screen is black.

In print there are many different ways to represent black. The simplest is "plain black," or 100% black ink (0C, 0M, 0Y, 100K). However, you can also create a "rich black" by printing other inks along with black. There are many different possible ink combinations - the most common "rich black" contains percentages of all 4 inks.

  • When black is the text color, we recommend using 100% black (C=0 / M=0 / Y=0 / K=100) for best results.
  • If you have a solid black area, we recommend using a "rich black" to achieve a thicker, darker and more uniform color. We recommends a rich black color build of C=60 / M=40 / Y=20 / K=100.