What is White Ink Printing??

In the past we’ve only had Cyan Magenta Yellow and blacK toners – white was the default paper color and the only way to have white color on your printed product was not to print on it.

Well say goodbye to the days of “white paper + color toners” because here at Unico, we give you the option of white ink printing.

As the name implies, white ink printing is the process of printing white onto your choice of color paper stock!

White ink printing, especially on dark (black) or metallic paper stock creates a suave and polished look – something that will definitely create an impression on the person receiving your business card.

How does this process work?

Most inks used in offset printing are translucent therefore a translucent white ink would not cover a dark color. There is an opaque white ink that could be used but it often requires multiple applications to cover sufficiently and can bump up the cost of a project far too much for the majority of customers.

Additionally in order to insure the cleanest white possible requires considerable time on the part of the printshop spent cleaning the printing press to remove all traces of other ink colors that would muddy the white ink. In some applications opaque white ink is typically used as an undercoating before applying other inks on top.