Color Bar

A color bar is a strip of standardized colors printed alongside an image or document to help monitor and control color accuracy and consistency during the printing process. Printers use these bars to ensure the colors are reproduced correctly and to make necessary adjustments.


Color control strip


  1. Quality Control: Color bars are printed on press sheets so operators can check that colors stay consistent throughout the print run.
  2. Calibration: Printers use color bars to calibrate their machines, making sure colors are printed accurately according to the specified color profiles.
  3. Troubleshooting: When there's a color discrepancy, the color bar helps identify and correct issues like ink density or alignment problems.


  • Regular Checks: Use color bars regularly to monitor the accuracy of your prints and make adjustments as needed.
  • Training: Ensure your printing team knows how to read and use color bars to maintain color consistency.
  • Maintenance: Keep your printing equipment well-maintained and calibrated to reduce color variations and improve print quality.
  • Proofing: Always include a color bar on your proofs to check for any color inconsistencies before proceeding with the full print run.

Color bars are essential tools in the printing industry, helping to ensure that printed materials meet high standards of color accuracy and consistency. They’re like the quality control experts for your prints, making sure everything looks just right. Contact us to learn more.