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Is Paper Color also a Printing Color?

When a printer tells you that a printing job is a two-color job and that it is going to be printed on cream paper, does that mean that one color is going to be used for the content to be printed and one color for the paper?

In a word, no. When a printer or designer talks about a two-colored job, they are referring only to the number of colors of ink on the press (keep in mind that black counts as a color). You could be using rainbow colored paper with black ink and it would still be a one-color job. With the exception of the extra cost of paper stock (rainbow trees don't come cheap), the job would cost the same as if you were printing on white paper.

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