Understanding Inks & Finishes
UV Screen-Printing Inks
Ink that is best for paint reproduction
Ink that adheres to most types of labels for various products.
This ink is designed for labels that are running on rotary presses.
Special Effect Inks
UV fluorescent ink is made from a powder that will react with certain substances under the right conditions to radiate the effect.
Inks that contain glitter particles. Light reflects off of platelets located throughout the ink to give off the effect.
Similar to the glitter effect, pearlescent effects are achieved by pearlescent particles throughout the ink reflecting light off of different surfaces of the platelets.
This effect is created from a phosphoric powder that will store light energy and re-emit it over a period of time.
Slate Effect Ink
These inks are for the printing of slates and scrapers. They are textured with a resistance to scratch.
These inks change color based on what temperature they experience.
UV screen ink that creates a reflective metallic surface to emulate chromium.
Embellishments & Finishes
Label embellishments and finishes aren’t just for looks; they also play an important role in maintaining the integrity of the label. Different labels face different sorts of conditions based on what products they are applied on. For example, a label applied to an ice cream container in a freezer is going to undergo different stresses than a label on a peanut butter jar sitting on a shelve.
There are three main finishes to choose from and they are lamination, varnish, or UV coating. With each of these there is typically an option to add a gloss or matte finish as well.
Lamination involves taking a film material and applying it over the label to provide extra protection. This is best used for labels that will face moisture or exposure to light.
A varnish is a clear liquid coating that can be applied to an entire label or just parts of a label to create a unique visual presentation. They are cheaper than laminates but do not last as long.
UV Coatings is varnish that is cured by UV light during the printing process. UV coatings are a higher cost than