Last Fall, AlphaGraphics Seattle expanded their already powerful Seattle print arsenal with the acquisition of the EFI Vutek GS3250LX, a 126” wide LED UV flatbed/roll hybrid printer with the ability to provide very large, high-quality, and quick-turnaround graphics on a wide range of substrates.
Technical jargon aside- this 10-color printer has the ability to print AMAZING whites with digital white ink. Big deal? YES!
Previously, the limitations for printing on colored paper led designers to pursue specialty processes like foil stamping or blind embossing. Beautiful- but somewhat limiting and expensive. The introduction of digital white ink expands your options and presents a wider range of creative possibilities.
What’s different about printing white inks digitally compared to litho-printing them? Traditional off-set white inks are too translucent to get a true, bright, solid white without several passes through the press. Digital white ink prints as true white on colored paper in a single pass through the press.
The options are endless. Those doors you’d previously closed in your designer head- white text on richly colored paper or backlit display? Open them again. This video will help!