“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
Planning Your Color Card Timeline
What to Expect
The total lead time for a color card project is normally 4-8 weeks depending on the complexity of the job. As you can see from the timeline below, much of the process is spent in preparing for color depositing. With the exception of printing and some specialized finishing (like laminating and mounting), we do all production in-house. This gives us greater control over quality and the flexibility to meet your deadlines.
1. Graphic Design
The first step in any color depositing project is to finalize the overall graphic design. We can supply as much or as little design input as you need including copywriting, typesetting, and page layout. You can supply final art, a rough idea, or anything in between and we can make it happen.
2. Color Matching
(1-4 weeks; can be done concurrently with graphic design)
Color matching can begin as soon as we receive your color standards, even before the graphic design is finished. It is important that your color standards be representative of your actual colors so that the matched colors provide your customers with accurate information.
We match enough of each color to do your entire job and send sample proofs of each color to you for approval. Any colors requiring adjustment will be reproofed and returned for approval. There is no additional charge for color adjustments if any are needed. Once all the colors are approved and we have printed sheets, we can begin depositing.
3. Offset Printing
(2-3 weeks including proofing/prepress)
Any logos, ad copy or pictures will normally be offset printed prior to color depositing. We buy commercial printing from outside vendors. If you prefer to supply us with printed sheets, we ask that you contact us early on in the project to discuss specific design and production issues that will make the project run smoothly.
We always supply a proof of the printing for your approval, we proofread your copy, and we check all our jobs on press so there are no surprises.
4. Color Depositing
(1 day-6 weeks)
After all the color matches are approved and we have the printed press sheets, we begin color depositing. Depending on the size of the project, this can take as little as a few hours to over a month. On large projects, it is not uncommon for us to deliver a partial shipment while we are running the job.
5. Finishing Operations
(1 day-6 weeks)
Most finishing operations are performed after depositing. Conventional operations like trimming, die-cutting, laminating, folding, and shrink-wrapping are all done at this time.