Did you know that 100% black is not necessarily the best black to use in graphic design?. Yes it shows up black on screen, but it may not be the best option when you are printing. Especially if you are using papers that absorb a lot of ink. All of the circles above are different shades of black. Varying levels of CMYK. Not sure? Keep reading!
Most of us would use the standard Black or type 0-0-0-100 into our CMYK designations. That’s black right? Well…Maybe not. I was recently working on a project when my printer had me change my CMYK designations to 30-30-30-100 and they were right – it was a much richer, fuller color. – side bar, if you are a designer and do not have a wonderful, working relationship with your printer, fix that TODAY – they will often times save your life!
Here is a general chart on the various types of black. Pretty interesting, huh?
|Name||CMYK||Usage or description|
|Standard black||0C, 0M, 0Y, 100K||Normal black.|
|Rich black||63C, 52M, 51Y 100K||The ‘old’ adobe photoshop black.|
|Cool black||60C, 0M, 0Y, 100K||Black with a bluish tone.|
|Warm black||0C, 60M, 30Y, 100K||Black with a reddish tone.|
|Registration black||100C, 100M, 100Y, 100K||Used for registration marks.|
|‘Designer’ black||70C, 50M, 30Y, 100K||A dark slighly cool black.|
Here is a great read “The Professional Designers Guide to Using Black,” by Andrew Kelsall. This is where I got most of my information and he shows you how the various blacks look against each other when printed. Enjoy!