Ever Wondered What These 4 Multi Colored Dots On The Edges Of A Newspaper?

Blog By Hazel  |  23-02-18

Here's What They Mean...

Ignore Small Things.

Ignore Small Things.

We don't usually pay attention to small things that are a part of our day to day life. Because we caught up with so many other things.

While picking up a newspaper, our eyes usually scroll the headlines and then you are caught up with the story itself because it is interesting.
Our eyes don't wander to any other minor details except what is mentioned in the story.


See The Edges Of The Newspapers.

See The Edges Of The Newspapers.

But you may have definitely noticed this small thing about the newspaper while reading it, or handing it over to the raddiwala.

All the newspapers have this 4 colored dots/hearts/ squares at the bottom or the edges of the pages.


Your Brain Won't Hurt.

Your Brain Won't Hurt.

It doesn't really concern a reader, but it won't burst your brain if you learn something extra, right?

Plus it is printed on the information bank that we receive everyday...

So, these colors are called CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). These are the base colors for all colors used in printing. Fundamentally, any color can be obtained by using these in different proportions.


Registration Marks.

Registration Marks.

Plates of all these colours are laid out on a page separately and lined up in the same spot while printing. This is necessary to print a full colour image correctly. If the images are somehow blurry and not crisp enough, you will find the colours overlapping or not in the same line.

This is easier to identify through what printers call "registration marks".


Printer's Marker.

Printer's Marker.

If these plates of variant colors are not in line along each other, the image is not registered properly. The marker is also used to identify the density of colors and dot formation.

Knowing the exact number of newspaper printed daily is close to impossible as they are so many and physically checking it is also not possible.

For a printer, who has been doing this for years, knows what an apt CMYK looks like. If anything seems wrong, the person will be able to spot it. So basically they serve as 'printer's marker'.


Used In Books, Too.

Used In Books, Too.

The same technique is also used in books, but they are cut out while binding. Although a bulk of newspapers is much more, they just leave the CMYK marks be.

We are sure the next time you see an image that is blurry, or improper, your eyes will wander at the edge of your paper.








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