Interest in the history of colour prints and colour printing has been growing rapidly in the past two decades. Many new materials have emerged and as a consequence insights into their history and context have greatly enhanced. The present article gives an overview of the various forms of colour printing in Europe until 1700, i.e. printing monochromatic in a non-black hue or printing in multiple hues including black, with additional information on the start of trichromatic printing in the early eighteenth century. It is based on the volume Printing Colour 1400- 1700 (Leiden, 2015), including information on the latest research in this field. Together this gives an updated survey of the subject.