Tint Books ~ A Handy Tool

October 17th, 2010 § 4 comments

It’s frustrating to design items on my computer and not know exactly how the colors will print on press.  For several years I’ve wanted a book that showed all the screen mixes possible (I think that’s somewhere in the gazillions) but I didn’t know what to call such a thing so I could search for it. Well, apparently it’s called a Tint Book. And now I’m the blissed-out owner of two of them, one for uncoated paper and one for coated paper. I received my Tintbooks last Friday and I’m so impressed with the quality and organization of them. I wouldn’t have a clue as to how to organize a gazillion colors! And right now they are on sale for $55 a book (a few weeks ago they were $80 each). Does is get any better finding something you’ve been wanting and having it be on sale? I think not.

Below is a shot showing how the books work. Pretty dang clever.

§ 4 Responses to Tint Books ~ A Handy Tool"

  • Ellen says:

    We acquired these a few years back at the newspaper I worked at. The newspaper organization we belonged to produced them and gave them out for free (!). They were printed on newsprint and only showed 10% gradient changes.

  • Juli says:

    I can relate: I was thrilled to find I could buy, for about $50, all gathered together like a lady’s fan, a book of every paint color Dunn Edwards makes. Hooray!

  • whitney says:

    Ellen,
    Free is fabulous! You’re right. The black jumps in 10% gradient changes, but that’s so much better than the PMS process guides that I was using previously. I’d love to see the newsprint book to compare how the ink print differently on various papers.

  • Ryann says:

    I didn’t know there were such things! So handy. Thanks for sharing!

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