Post Office CMYK red

AFP Gold

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Does anyone know the official recommended CMYK print codes for Post Office red?
I've been asked to print some stationery for my local PO and am unable to find the relevant info anywhere.
I can find stuff for Royal Mail red but that's apparently different from Post Office red. Also lots of info out there about Post Office red paint but nothing conclusive regarding red ink!
I've downloaded 3 different PO logos from random places online but the CMYK breakdown varies on each one, so I can't be sure which would be the correct one.
The PO branch manager should be able to find this info, but he can't be bothered as he says it can take weeks for head office to respond to such requests.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Levi

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that's royal mail, not post office.... the OP already said they're supposedly different.

I did find a reference to 'post office red' on the encycolorpedia (yeah, I know it's a stupid name) but I can't honestly say I've taken that much notice of the post office shade of red to say if it's right or not (although it looks a bit too brown imo).

CMYK cyan: 0% (0.000), magenta: 64% (0.636), yellow: 63% (0.630), key: 36% (0.365)

Did find an old post on another forum (uksignboards) with the pantone shade being 485cv, which doesn't seem to exist but 485c does and that converts to CMYK 0 95 100 0 according to pantone.
 

AFP Gold

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that's royal mail, not post office.... the OP already said they're supposedly different.

I did find a reference to 'post office red' on the encycolorpedia (yeah, I know it's a stupid name) but I can't honestly say I've taken that much notice of the post office shade of red to say if it's right or not (although it looks a bit too brown imo).

CMYK cyan: 0% (0.000), magenta: 64% (0.636), yellow: 63% (0.630), key: 36% (0.365)

Did find an old post on another forum (uksignboards) with the pantone shade being 485cv, which doesn't seem to exist but 485c does and that converts to CMYK 0 95 100 0 according to pantone.
It does look a bit too dark that one but thanks for looking.
 

AFP Gold

New Member
Just rock up to the post office or wherever it is with a pantone book. Found a RAL colour for it.
I saw something about RAL colours myself but I've no idea what RAL colours are. It seems to be something to do with paint, powder, varnish and plastic.
 

hankscorpio

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Staff member
RAL would be equivalent paint colour. There might be RAL to pantone converter but your always nearly better off doing a visual comparison.
 

sprout

Active Member
The red they use on their site is: R346 G90 B84 (#D71440). What I do in this situation is to use their own site search with the term ‘pdf’ Occasionally, you’ll find a pdf (often an annual report) that is CMYK. I had a quick look and found a few, but thus far only RGB. Worth a try though. One I found looked promising, but uses a different colour spec again from the red on their site (of course it does!!).

Have a look at:
https://freeparentlifecover.postoff...ffice/freeparentlifecover/key-information.pdf

Alternatively, go to their site:
https://www.postoffice.co.uk
and search pdf to see if you can find others.

Hope this gets you closer.
 

hankscorpio

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Staff member
The google syntax for searching a site for pdfs

Code:
site:www.postoffice.co.uk filetype:pdf

will return only PDF filetypes in the google search :)
 

hankscorpio

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Staff member
The red they use on their site is: R346 G90 B84 (#D71440). What I do in this situation is to use their own site search with the term ‘pdf’ Occasionally, you’ll find a pdf (often an annual report) that is CMYK. I had a quick look and found a few, but thus far only RGB. Worth a try though. One I found looked promising, but uses a different colour spec again from the red on their site (of course it does!!).

Have a look at:
https://freeparentlifecover.postoff...ffice/freeparentlifecover/key-information.pdf

Alternatively, go to their site:
https://www.postoffice.co.uk
and search pdf to see if you can find others.

Hope this gets you closer.
I wouldn't rely on RGB or Hexadecimal colours - the colour conversion to CMYK or Pantone would be dependent on the Colour Settings in the programme you're using, the conversion wouldn't be accurate.
 

sprout

Active Member
I wouldn't rely on RGB or Hexadecimal colours - the colour conversion to CMYK or Pantone would be dependent on the Colour Settings in the programme you're using, the conversion wouldn't be accurate.
Of course, definitely not. My point was that with a search for ‘pdf’ if you are lucky, occasionally you can find a pdf that is a CMYK print version, that they have put on their site. Annual reports are often a good source, but not in this case, sadly.
 
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