White ink printing is a dark art!
The process of printing with white ink delivers huge gains in colour vibrancy when working with darker media. There are essentially two principle applications: under printing and over printing, both of which are explained later. The impact that both processes create is highly impressive and we would be delighted to either send you samples or offer a tour of our visitor friendly production facility in Openshaw, Manchester.
We offer a comprehensive white ink printing service as we have multiple machines printing on a range of sizes. For large format we use our flat bed printer; for small format we use our HP Indigo presses. Almost uniquely we can offer low volume print runs which are ideal if customers require one off pieces or prototypes and this has considerable cost savings.
Having two HP indigo presses we have extensive capacity to meet tight deadlines even for large orders. This also enables us to produce proofs very quickly for customer sign off.
Some customers require very low print runs, sometimes as small as three or four items. We understand and are delighted to offer this service. Customers can after all be confident that any repeat orders will be identical in quality and fulfilled without a long delay.
Under printing is one of the main applications for white ink printing. This principle is similar to applying an under coat of paint on a wall before applying the final paint colour. It is mostly used when colours are going to be printed on a dark material. The white ink layer is printed first on the areas where colour will be required leaving large areas of the dark material exposed as the designer intended, then when colour is applied to the white layer the colours are vibrant and stand out from the background colour of the material. A good example would be printing on wood where a section of grain could be seen. This ads much more visual punch!
Over printing is where a whole layer of white ink is applied to a transparent material such as vinyl or acrylic and then the main image is printed on the reverse using a full range of colours. The white ink layer enables the colours to standout and makes a much more impactful creation.
Achieving the best results possible requires specialist knowledge which is gained from hard earned experience. We know lots of tricks that can ensure colours are managed throughout the creation and print process. We fully support PDF workflow and will happily advise you on how to produce digital artwork which will deliver high quality, accurate print every time.
We are not design “geniuses” but fortunately we work with some of the most innovative and dynamic design houses in the UK so we get to see the latest creative ideas for deploying white ink in print. We are very happy to share our experience and we believe we offer a first rate service.
At Entwistle Group we are used to tight deadlines. Our customers’ range considerably in size and their jobs vary in volume. All our customers get the same level of priority: top!
If you would like to learn more about our white ink printing service or any other type of printing please call sales now on 0161 839 0661