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Old April 29th, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 11:04:05 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all!
I'm just getting started in screenprinting, prior to this I've been doing DTG, and before that inkjet printed transfers.
Right now I'm looking at the different color matching/ink mixing systems, and what I'm thinking I want to do is get a colormatching system worked out that will work good for me.
I print mostly for my own brand, but also do some custom design/print work; however I don't need to be perfectly exact, as I'm the one deciding the colors in the artwork. I like this guys method here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ectQRQf-w_c
He pretty much is just estimating, and that would be close enough for me.

The issue is, I don't know what I don't know. I do understand that there are different types of systems, RGB, CMYK, Pantone/PMS,etc. I like the simplicity of only having 4 base colors (CMYK), however being able to do any shade on the Pantone scale would be nice.

What I'm looking at right now is the Permatone color matching system, from Permaset. Permatone - Water based Ink Mixing System – Permaset Aqua
Anybody have an opinion on this ink? Also, is there a good system that uses ink amounts based on a percentage, rather than a weight?
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I have not used anyone's color matching system, but I do use Permaset inks and really like them. I've used Matsui and Green Galaxy, as well. Each has its strong points, but I think the results with Permaset are the best.

I also mainly print just my own line, so no great need to match specific colors. If you will be printing work for others, especially work that involves logos/trademarks, then Pantone colors are likely to be important.

A side point: It may depend on the programs you use and how you choose to work with them, but I find that using Pantone colors in my art (regardless of what I'm going to be using on press) makes for a better workflow. That gets you into Spot Color mode when separating, else many programs would want to sep into CMYK, which is of no use at all unless you really are going to print with CMYK inks, which most people seem to avoid in favor of spot colors and simulated process. YMMV!

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