Colour

Using coloured ink or toner in your printing can really brighten it up and make it eye catching and attractive. There are two different types of colour printing you can do at the Resource Centre.

Full colour printing

Full colour printing is what you need if you are printing something with lots of different colours close together, such as colour photos or detailed graphics.

To do this kind of printing at the Resource Centre you can use our laser copier, for high quality images, or our inkjet printer, which is a cheaper way to do full colour printing.

Tips for full colour printing

  • Our laser copier and the inkjet printer both leave the edges of the paper blank (around 6mm all round). Bear this in mind when designing your artwork. If your image is exactly A4 size, it will need to be either shrunk or cropped in order to fit the border in. 
  • Full colour printing is much more expensive than black and white. If you choose to pay for full colour, think about ways to get the best value out of this. If you print a page of black text with a small colour logo, this will cost as much as a full page photo.
  • Use the right paper. Although we have a range of papers that can be used in the laser copier, our white 100g, white 160g and white 200g absorb coloured toner best. Full colour copies do not come out as well on 80g paper.
  • See our artwork page for more tips on designing your artwork.

Long runs of full colour printing

The colour inkjet printer means that you can do long runs of full colour printing at low cost. This is an ideal way to print fliers, newsletters and mailings that benefit from being in full colour, on a budget. The per-copy price of printing on this machine goes down the more copies you do. See our price list for details.

The laser copier provides higher quality full colour printing. This is cost effective for up to about 100 copies. If you need more than this, you may find it cheaper to use a commercial digital colour printing service. Please also bear in mind that our laser copier leaves the edges of the paper blank (approx 6mm), so is not suitable if you want to produce full colour posters and flyers with no border.

Spot colour printing

Spot colour printing is much cheaper than full colour, and can really brighten up your printing. Spot colour works by printing one colour onto the paper, and then another colour. This creates a document with two different colours on. It is really effective if you would like sections of colour, such as coloured headings, borders or single coloured graphics. You can also use spot colour to print all your artwork in any colour we have, for the same price as black and white printing (e.g. instead of printing in black ink, you could print in red ink).

Spot colour printing is available at the Resource Centre in red, green, and maroon.

Spot colour printing is done on a copyprinter. More information about designing artwork for spot colour printing is available on our artwork page.