# What does 1c + 1c mean in a quote?

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Anonymous

Hi,

I got a quote and for the instruction booklet it says "1c + 1c"?. I assume 1c means 1 color but what does the other 1c mean?

Does it mean any one color ink on any one color paper?

Ali

Anonymous
What does 1c + 1c mean in a quote?

According to Google, the keeper of all things information, it is:

1 * the speed of light + 1 * the speed of light = 599 584 916 m / s

Seriously, I have no idea. You might ask the printer that gave you the quote. Be sure to let us know what it means.

Jonathan

fashun_diva
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What does 1c + 1c mean in a quote?

I can't speak for all printers, but when my printer uses the term "1C x 1C", she's referring to one colour ink being used for both sides of an item- though it may not be the same colour being used on both sides.

Just for your future reference (this is again according to my printer's methodology- not sure if it's universal):

1C x 0: 1 colour ink printed on one side, the other side is blank (i.e. it's the colour of the paper being used)

4C : Refers to four colours (i.e. "full" colour)

So...
4C x 4C: Full colour on both sides
4C x 0 : Full colour on one side of the item, the reverse side is blank

Generally speaking, the costing for 1C is obviously cheaper than 2C,3C or 4C.. so it's a good idea to try to make whatever components you can in 1C (without compromising the visual impact of the artwork- which can be really tough!)

Hope this helps!

eve

Anonymous
What does 1c + 1c mean in a quote?

fashun_diva wrote:
Generally speaking, the costing for 1C is obviously cheaper than 2C,3C or 4C.. so it's a good idea to try to make whatever components you can in 1C (without compromising the visual impact of the artwork- which can be really tough!)

Yes, you're exactly right about the meaning of the cryptic code, and that it is more expensive for every color that you add...generally. Every time you add a color, another plate must be made and the press must be set up and the registration... It can be very costly. However, some printers will run all 2 color and up jobs through a 4 color process to save the cost of stocking multiple inks and changing and cleaning the presses (we do that here in the fourth quarter, all color covers are converted to four color process so the presses can run without having to change inks).

If you can get your job down to a simple 2 color job, then you may be able to save some money, but be sure that it will run as a 2 color job (ask for a quote with 2 color and another with 4 color to compare). Otherwise, design your heart out since it will most likely be converted to 4 color process anyway.

FastLearner
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What does 1c + 1c mean in a quote?

It's also very common to see it as 1/1 or 1c/1c, both reading as "one over one".

If you are using a smaller print shop, you can sometimes save substantially on 1/1 or 2/2, as they may still have 1-color or 2-color presses that they'll use for the job, not tying up time on the 4+ color presses. Plus 1/1 requires no real registration, so you can use quite the low-end press with very nice results, and it can be incredibly cheap.