Construct a Custom Process Colour Tint Book for reference
You can purchase Colour Tint Books printed on uncoated white paper stock.
This is okay if you are always printing on white stock. If you have coated stock, the colours will be off compared with the dominant tint of the paper stock. Inks are transparent and screen angles must be consistent.
It might be worthwhile to invest time and money to make a print run of Colour Tints on your paper stocks if they are not normal white stock.
If you use Kraft, then it would be valuable to have as a contrast and comparison with brighter stocks. The dominant colour of the background stock would be invaluable to designers when evaluating the effect of the colours and colour combinations used.
Ideally, you would create a separate Colour Tint Book for every different kind or colour of paper stock.
What is it
A Colour Tint Book is an exhaustive example of what a press check would look like with every colour printed with a press in an orderly and documented manner.
It is divided into sections. Yours would have a section for each colour combination — 1 Colour, 2 Colours, 3 Colours.
Fortunately, A digital file is available for download as a PDF and Illustrator file from
The files online have one colour grids in 5% increments for each of the process colours
Add black and you have an example of 1 colour variations.
Scrolling down to the next page presents a 2-colour grid with Magenta steps across the top and Yellow steps vertically, each in 5% increments. This is the first of a 2-colour set of grids. You can use the supplied as examples to make to complete your set.
Unfortunately, files you might find useful are not complete. Missing is an example of Magenta and Cyan, Cyan and Yellow, and each one with Black which should show all of the 2 colour job variations.
Going further shows all of the 3-colour variations.
Section 2 (three colour) would be composed as above but each successive page would have percentage changes in an orderly stepped manner. Page 1 would have a 0% tint added to each of the cells in the grid. Page 2, 5% tint, and so on.
I hope I've interpreted your question correctly and this is of some help to you and your colleagues.