« | 15th November 2018

Spot Colour Printing

Pick a colour. Any PMS spot colour!

In print, a spot colour is a custom mixed printing ink.

It allows a smooth impression of a single colour with no screen dots, as is the case with Process Colour (which I’ll leave for a later post). 

Because spot colour inks are mixed according to established, standardised formulae, colours are consistently accurate across jobs printed on the same stock.

PMS Pantone Matching System Swatch

Printing is an Art!

Our press machinists mix their own spot colours according to the Pantone Matching System, PMS for short.

The manufacturers who produce the base colour inks are strictly licensed by Pantone for colour accuracy. This enables us to deliver reliable, reproducible spot colours to our customers. 

Precise measurements lead to consistent colour

In the following images, PMS 238 is mixed by our press operator from tins of base colours. Precise measurements of Transparent White, Rhodamine Red and Pantone Purple are taken from the Pantone Formula Guide, shown above.

Accurate measurements result in consistent colour

After accurately weighing each portion, the inks are thoroughly mixed before delivery to press roller. PMS colours will always be the same, subject to variations in paper stock on which a colour is printed.

Inks thoroughly mixed by hand

Sometimes, for example high volume runs, it’s more convenient to purchase the required colour in premixed tins.

Premixed spot colour ink

Special effect Inks

For striking designs, eye-catching style, elegance or pizzaz in your print job you can’t go past metallic, fluorescent, iridescent and pearlescent effect inks.

These are only available as spot colours.

Spot colour prints are vibrant, sharp and bright. They’re a great choice for logos, text and simple illustrations, providing uniformity across our printed jobs.

Need some Spot Colour in your printed business cards, letterheads or presentation folders? Get in touch today!



Gowans & Son Pty Ltd
Unit 1, 52 Alfred Road
Chipping Norton NSW Australia 2170

Telephone: (02) 9755 3545
or (02) 9755 3327
Email: sales@gowansprint.com