“We have used several companies to produce our color charts since we started our business. That was until we gave the guys at Coloramic a call. The staff at Coloramic understands our design needs and they are never short of creative solutions to any situation. The staff is courteous, friendly and very knowledgeable. We are proud to say Coloramic has been our choice for the past ten years and will be for years to come.”
— Chris Ashley, Echols Metals
What is the general procedure for buying a color chart?
The process begins with the overall graphic design, then color matching, print and color proofing, and finally, production. For a more detailed breakdown, see our Project Timeline.
What does it cost?
The cost of your order depends on several factors including quantity, printing specs, number and size of colors, and the finishing required. We have an online quote form you may fill out to receive a firm price based on your specific project.
How long does it take?
As little as two weeks, or as long as 12 weeks—depending on the size and complexity of the job. An average sized project takes approximately 4-8 weeks to complete. We’re accustomed to working under deadlines like sales meetings or tradeshows and can usually accommodate your needs. If we can’t, we’ll tell you upfront so you can make other arrangements.
How closely do the colors match?
We would typically not submit color matches exceeding a Delta E of .50 (lab value), although there are colors for which a metameric match is the best possible given the pigments we inventory.
Can the colors have different gloss levels?
Yes. This is somewhat dependent on the color (coarser pigments do not develop as high a gloss) but generally anywhere from 10 (dead flat) to 85 (high gloss).
Is there a minimum order?
We’ve done as few as 500 color cards. Due to the fixed costs of color matching, tooling and setup, the cost per piece decreases with higher volume.
How many colors can be done at one time?
We can deposit up to 195 colors in one impression.
Can you put colors on both sides?
Yes, but it is usually less expensive to mount two single sided sheets back to back.
Do you do everything in-house?
We complete all steps of the color card process in-house, except for offset printing and the specialized finishing operations of laminating and mounting.
Can I produce a color chart on a printing press like I would produce a brochure?
While a color chart can be produced by conventional printing in the same way as a brochure, there are some important differences to be aware of. First, because of the way the colors are printed, they can be very poor matches to your actual coatings. Some colors will be better than others, but if color is critical, you will likely be disappointed with a printed color card.