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PRINTING WITH METALLIC INKS

PRINTING WITH METALLIC INKS

What are metallic inks?

Metallic inks are formulated with tiny metallic flakes which “leaf” together on the printed surface as the ink dries.

  • Clive Harper

Printing With Security Inks

SECURITY INKS

Non-photo / non-repro blue

Before both black and white and colour copiers were around, when a printer asked for “nonphoto”or “non-repro” blue, they were referring to a light blue that was used to print paste-up sheets, boards or pre-printed forms. In the past, graphic artists had to position their designs by hand, making sure that they were positioned properly so that when they were photographed by a darkroom camera,

  • Clive Harper

Quick Guide To Fluorescent Inks

When printing with Fluorescent inks, the following points should be considered:

 

  • Fluorescent inks should be printed on white or light backgrounds, which act as a reflector base, and enhance the fluorescence.

 

  • Clive Harper

How Printing Ink Dries

HOW PRINTING INK DRIES

Ink chemists have invented numerous ways to make ink dry, but litho and letterpress inks dry primarily by two methods; absorption and oxidation. Absorption means that the ink soaks into the stock like water into a sponge.

  • Clive Harper

The Pantone Matching System

THE PANTONE® MATCHING SYSTEM

The PANTONE Matching System is the best known colour mixing system in the world today. It was designed to provide colour standardisation for the entire printing industry. It also provided an array of colours to graphic designers.

  • Clive Harper

Calcium and it Effects on the Printing Process

The paper industry's switch from acidic to alkaline paper, coupled with an increase in the pH and alkalinity of municipally supplied water, has created a new set of problems for today's printer. Many of these problems can be directly traced to the increased presence of calcium in the printing environment. In the following article we share our experience in observing, analyzing and solving these problems.

  • Clive Harper