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Color & Font Combination Advice

 

 

Pencil & Print color combinations are affected by the selected font

  • Bold fonts help weak color contrast because letters are thicker.  It is not a cure for weak contrast.
  • UPPERCASE LETTERS help text visibility when color contrast is weak. It is not a cure for weak contrast.
  • Fine lined letters are difficult to read if color contrast is weak.
  • Lowercase letters are difficult to read if color contrast is weak.
  • White pencils with black print look awful regardless of font, but are worse with the plain fonts such as Arial or Helvetica
  • If you want a proof, order just one dozen pencils. No free proofs.
  • Strong Color Contrast is BEST!

 

  • Lowercase letters need strong color contrast.
  • Thin, fine lined letters need strong color contrast.
  • Small letters need strong color contrast.
  • If you want a proof, order just one dozen pencils. No free proofs.
  • Strong Color Contrast is BEST!

 

Some Examples of Strong Color Contrast

  • White print on natural, gold, orange, green, pink, red, burgundy, blue, purple, brown and black pencils.
  • Black, Red, Royal Blue, Navy, Burgundy, Green print on white & yellow pencils.
  • Silver print on white & black pencils.
  • Gold print on white & black pencils.
  • Strong Color Contrast is BEST!

 

Some Examples of Weak Color Contrast

  • Black print on red, burgundy, dark green, royal blue, navy, brown, black and purple pencils.
  • Silver and gold print on purple pencils.
  • Light Pink print on purple pencils.

 

Unusual Color Combinations that work well with UPPERCASE LETTERING and bold fonts

  • Dark purple print on light turquoise or light teal pencils.
  • Rose print on pastel pink pencils.
  • Sage (light green) print on dark green pencils.
  • Light Blue print on navy, black, brown and most purple pencils.
  • Burgundy print on natural colored pencils.

 

Font Selection Advice  

  • Delicate, fine, small lettered fonts are only good for a single dozen with one text line.  Do not select these fonts for dozens with multiple text lines or many dozens with matching font.  Use a larger or bold fonts for those orders.
  • Bold fonts have wider letters that are easier to read with poor and strong color contrast. But this means fewer characters will fit on a text line.  Usually punctuation is superfluous and should be left out.  That is one way to shorten a text line.

 

 

Advice

  • Black print is not a universal color. It doesn't work on many pencil colors, regardless of whether or not a bold font is selected or if text is in UPPERCASE LETTERS. 
  • You'll rarely go wrong with white print.  White print is not available with some of the typical sized fonts for technical reasons.
  • Please note that if your order creates a set of pencils from several different pencil colors, then order from either the copper ferruled or Dixon lines since only those pencils have consistent ferrule and eraser colors across pencil colors.