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Learn more about spot color for games and find out if it’s the right option for your project.
The only way to guarantee 100% accuracy for a specific color in offset printing is to use spot color. The ink color is mixed separately by hand and applied to the finished document via the offset press using a separate printing plate. The most common way to specify a spot color for use is the Pantone Matching System, which identifies colors through a number, such as ‘PMS 165’, which is a burnt orange color.
Spot colors can also be used to apply specialty inks like metallic colors, neon colors, or glow-in-the-dark ink.
The book to utilize when selecting your color is the “PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE Solid Coated (or Uncoated if the stock is uncoated)”. It’s important to note that we have a limited standard color selection for metallic inks, neon inks, and pastel inks. You can see the standard metallic ink color selections on this page here. Below are the standard offerings we have for neon and pastel inks:
- PMS Yellow 0131
- PMS Red 0331
- PMS Magenta 0521
- PMS Violet 0631
- PMS Blue 0821
- PMS Green 0921
- PMS Black 0961
- PMS 801 – Neon Blue
- PMS 802 – Neon Green
- PMS 803 – Neon Yellow
- PMS 804 – Neon Orange
- PMS 805 – Neon Red
- PMS 806 – Neon Pink
- PMS 807 – Neon Violet
If you would like a neon or pastel ink outside of our above standard offerings, you will need to reach out to Customer Service or your Account Manager to make sure we can apply your unique color. Be prepared to send along the Pantone PMS color.
This specialty option is available with:
- Game Box
- Game Board
- Instruction Booklets
If you’re interested in reading more about custom game printing, be sure to check out our custom board game hub and our custom card game hub. These parts of our site contain all the information you need to know about creating a board game or a card game – beyond just the standards listed here, these hubs also contain detailed information on all the types of materials and packaging types we offer for your game. We’ve also analyzed board and card games to figure out what makes them work – and how you can apply these principals to your custom game. Check it out!