The Ink Capabilities of UV Printing

How do the accommodations of UV printing compare to inkjet printing?

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UV printers can accommodate not only the standard CMYK inks, but also white ink, clear gloss, and sometimes even a primer ink for improved adhesion.

Normally, when a file is sent to print on a standard inkjet printer, white areas of the design are interpreted as “transparent” and are not printed. However, with UV printing, white areas can actually be assigned to print in white ink, and inks like clear gloss can be applied by the addition of alpha channels within your graphics file so that they are interpreted as “spot colors” by the printer.

Rachel Tindal LogoJET

Rachel Tindal


Rachel Tindal is the art director at LogoJET and has over 20 years of experience in the printing and graphics industry. Originally from Ontario, Canada, she has worked with small print shops and promotional product businesses ranging to large corporate marketing firms. She has specialized in creating artwork for direct-to-substrate printing technology since 2005.

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