Tips For Mixing Custom Inks Without A Pantone System
When customers ask for custom colors, most screen printers head to the lab to try their hand at mixing custom inks without a Pantone system, using some concoction derived from various inks they have in stock. Yes, you can get a mixing system that has particular Pantone® formulas for both plastisol and water based inks. But, a lot of developing printers don’t have Pantone books, scales or the basic mixing system to create custom Pantone colors. Sometimes, if you want a pink or gray, it’s just easier to add a little red or black ink into some white ink and call it good.
You can get close with mixing custom inks without a Pantone system, but you’re also just as likely to spend a bunch of time and waste a bunch of ink trying to get the right color. How do you make sure that the color you are trying to mix is the right Pantone? Next time you try mixing custom inks without a Pantone system, try this tip.
The Buildout Chart
Corey, one of our Green Galaxy ink engineers at Ryonet, came up with a simple but brilliant idea to make a chart giving screen printers 50/50 mix ratios of all of our RFU Green Galaxy Water Base HSA Inks, and the approximate Pantone color that they create. You could expand the 14 RFU Green Galaxy colors to almost 200 additional colors, without having to use an ink mixing system.
Plus, with this convenient chart, you could even print it out and show your customer the approximate Pantone options that you can quickly mix on the fly.
By using a 50/50 ratio, a screen printer could even mix these colors without the need of a scale, though using a gram scale would make it easier and more accurate.
Interested in trying your hand at mixing custom inks without a Pantone system?
Download the Green Galaxy RFU Pantone Build out chart here.
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