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What the Heck is Four-Color Process? AKA 4CP.

What the heck is four-color process or what is commonly referred to as full color? Well, don’t feel bad about not knowing or having limited knowledge on the subject. In flexographic printing and digital printing it is good to have a brief understanding of what 4CP stands for and what it can do for your labels. CMYK and full color are both commonly referred to terms in label printing. Full color is not anything special so don't worry about your friends laughing at you for not understanding what it means. It is just a commonly referred to term for 4CP. CMYK is important. CMYK refers to the colors that are used in four-color process: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. The true meaning of the K is for Key Plate, however to make things simple let's just refer to it as the black plate. Click here to find out about our prepress department. Printing in 4CP allows for the printer to construct any color in the Pantone (PMS) book from these four colors. In doing so it allows the graphic designer who is creating your labels to get way more creative in designing your labels.

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Side note: if you want a "spot color" then you are referring to us picking an actual PMS number out of the pantone book. If you look in a "bridge" book then you can see the difference between making a color out of 4CP versus using the actual color itself. It is a subtle difference but good to take in to consideration when designing a label.

The CMYK process works by partially or entirely subtracting reflective light from whatever surface it is covering. In most cases the surface is white and often times when a Flexographic printer is printing on clear surfaces they will first lay down a coat of white to get a better color reflection, much like a painter laying down a base coat. 

Label Tech Inc has become an expert at four-color process printing. We run 4CP on many of our flexographic Mark Andy presses and we also run 4CP on our digital press. 

Printing a four-color process image and then laying down one or more spot colors can make for a label that has pop or more shelf appeal then your competitors. Stay tuned for more info from Label Tech Inc on labels and labeling. 

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Label Tech Inc, your expert in Flexographic Label Printing.

Welcome to the Label Tech Inc Blog, we hope to be your new experts in Flexographic, UV Flexo, Rotary Screen or Digital Label printing. Wondering who we are? Take a look!

Label Tech, Inc. was founded in 1985. The company has grown to over seventy employees with eleven presses, including digital technology, housed in a forty thousand square foot workplace.

Label Tech is a recognized industry leader, and our quality program became ISO registered in 1998. In addition, Label Tech is a UL, CSA and FSC Forest Stewardship Council approved printer.

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Over the twenty plus years of servicing our clients, we have developed a highly skilled and dedicated work force producing top quality labels, tags and tickets for thousands of products and applications in the United States as well as internationally.

Whether you need product shipped around the corner or around the world we stand ready to meet your requirements. Call on our experienced professional staff to assist you with your labeling requirements.

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