Normal images for printing are specified in the CMYK color space. However, it is also possible to reproduce images by only using two or three non-CMYK colors. Such special colors are commonly called “spot colors.” Each spot color requires a separate printing plate and color separation. Color Library provides special color profiles that produce color separations from a normal RGB (or CMYK) image for spot colors and even metallic, neon or pastel colors. With Color Library, you can convert and print images using two, three, four, or five spot colors of your choice.

First, purchase, download, and install the Color Library profiles on your computer. Then, in Adobe Photoshop, you can open an image in RGB, CMYK, Lab, or Grayscale color modes and convert it to spot colors. The profiles will automatically generate the best separation from your input image to match the gamut of the selected colors. By using complementary colors, the Color Library profiles can create gray tones in the image.

Color Library uses the PANTONE Matching System and Risograph colors, but can be manually adapted for other types of ink. Once your images are converted, you can export them to PDF using Adobe InDesign. The files are then ready to be printed using offset, silkscreen, Risograph, or any other printing technology that uses spot colors.

For a preview of a project achieved with Color Library, please visit Profile in Use.