Black can be a pure ink color or it is sometimes created by mixing other ink colors to acheive a color that looks black (known as rich black). Black ink is also added to other ink colors to enhance their printed appearance. Desktop publishing software color palettes also typically include an ink color called Registration Black. This is a special purpose color for printing registration marks.
Process Color Printing
Designing With Black Plus a Spot Color
"One way to use color and control costs is to use screens (tints) of a single spot color plus black.
Printing Black Ink in Screen Captures
Designing With Black Ink
"In offset printing, 100% black alone can appear washed out or grayish, especially on uncoated papers. Rich black produces a darker, more vibrant black color that also covers more completely when laid over other colors."
Pronunciation: [blak ingk]
Examples: Black is the most commonly used ink color in all types of printing and is used extensively for text in both black and white and color printing.
Also see: Black type