Below are some Print Designer’s reference when it comes to inks that can give a print work stunning effect. From Photochromic to Phosphorescent down to the water-soluble ink, you can be assured of breathtaking print work.
1. PHOTOCHROMIC INK
This ink is applied as an extra fifth during production and, on first look, appears like a spot varnish of clear colour. Once it’s exposed to direct UV sunlight, the pigments react, slowly revealing the ink.
2. METALLIC INK
An ink that contains tiny metallic particles, creating an opaque ink with a metallic, light-reflecting sheen.
3. PHOSPHORESCENT INK
Phosphorescent or glow-in-the-dark ink glows when brought into dark areas after exposure to UV light. As such it’s particularly popular for toy packaging and Halloween promotions.
4. WATERLESS INK
Waterless inks eliminate the water that repels ink from the non-image areas of the plate during the print process. Instead it uses a silicone-coated printing plate that draws ink to the image area through temperature.
5. FLUORESCENT INK
This is ink in which the pigment yields brighter, more brilliant colours by absorbing visible or ultraviolet light and re-emitting it. Although it’s often confused with phosphorescent ink, fluorescent ink is actually quite different; while phosphorescence creates an otherworldly look, fluorescence simply simply produces more vibrant, eye-catching colours.
6. SCRATCH-AND-SNIFF INK
Ink containing tiny fragrance capsules that release their odour when broken by rubbing or scratching. This process is widely used in cosmetic fragrance advertising but also has many other applications.
7. UV INK
Spot UV is an ultraviolet varnish coating that can be applied to areas of an image, not only to seal it but also to maximise its impact with a noticeably richer and more luxurious look and feel
8. SCRATCH-OFF INK
Just as you’d find on a lottery scratch card, scratch-off ink is a coating that’s printed over the information intended to be hidden and can easily be scratched off.
9. EDIBLE INK
Inks that are digestible by humans and designed for use primarily in food packaging. The ink is non-toxic, so when it comes into contact with food items they remain safe to consume.
10. WATER-SOLUBLE INL
Ink that dissolves in water. While this may sound like a handicap, it can in fact be used intentionally to create interesting, and often distressed, effects.
11. THERMOCHROMIC INK
Just as photochromic ink reacts when exposed to light, thermochromic ink changes colour according to shifts in temperature. Both heat-and-cold-activated inks are available for different applications
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