Pearlescent & Iridescent Ink

Pearlescent & Iridescent Ink

Pearlescent and iridescent ink finishes are specialized printing techniques used to create unique and visually captivating effects on printed materials. Both finishes add a shimmering and color-changing quality to the ink, resulting in eye-catching designs with a subtle play of light and color. 

They both show distinct features : 

Pearlescent Ink Finish: Pearlescent ink contains tiny pearl-like particles that reflect light in a way that mimics the iridescence of natural pearls. When applied to paper or other surfaces, pearlescent ink creates a soft, glowing effect, giving the printed material a luxurious and elegant appearance. The ink typically appears to have a silver or metallic sheen, but it can also be tinted with various colors to achieve different effects.

Pearlescent ink is often used in graphic design, packaging, invitations, stationery, and other high-quality printed materials where a subtle, refined, and sophisticated look is desired.

Iridescent Ink Finish: Iridescent ink contains special pigments that display various colors depending on the viewing angle and the angle of incident light. This effect is similar to the iridescence seen in soap bubbles or the wings of certain insects. As the viewing angle changes, the ink shifts between different colors, creating a dynamic and captivating visual display.

Iridescent ink is particularly popular for security printing, as it provides an added layer of complexity that makes counterfeiting more difficult. It is also used in art and design applications, adding a sense of movement and novelty to printed materials.

Get the best finishing for your print project with personalized pearlescent & iridescent Ink finish!

As a trade printing specialist, we take each step of any printing project very seriously. The process of creating a pearlescent and iridescent ink finish involves the following steps:

  • Design and Artwork Preparation: The process starts with creating or preparing the design or artwork that will be printed with pearlescent ink. Designers use graphic design software to create the desired layout, incorporating the areas where the pearlescent effect will be applied. These areas are typically represented as solid shapes or lines, similar to how spot colors are used in traditional printing.
  • Selection of Pearlescent & Iridescent Ink: Pearlescent ink contains tiny pearl-like particles that reflect light, giving it a shimmering and lustrous appearance. Various shades and colors are available, including silver, gold, and different hues. The printer and designer work together to select the most suitable pearlescent ink to match the desired effect and the overall design.
  • Printing Setup: The artwork is prepared for printing, and the printing press or digital printer is set up to accommodate the use of pearlescent ink. If it's a spot color application, the printer ensures that the correct printing plate or digital settings are used to apply the pearlescent ink only to the designated areas.
  • Application of the ink: During the printing process, the pearlescent ink is applied to the paper or other printing material using the chosen printing method (e.g., offset printing, screen printing). The ink is carefully distributed onto the areas specified in the design, producing a subtle metallic sheen and a pearlescent finish. It's crucial for the printer to ensure proper ink consistency and coverage to achieve the desired effect.
  • Drying and Finishing: After the ink is applied, the printed material goes through a drying process to set the ink and prevent smudging. Depending on the printing method and equipment used, additional finishing processes like varnishing or laminating may be applied to protect the printed piece and enhance the pearlescent effect.

No project is too big for Best Deals Graphics and Printing! If you want pearlescent and iridescent ink  finish for your print or packaging project, don’t hesitate to contact us! Our design team will assist you with your trade printing project every step of the way. Get a quote online and obtain free shipping everywhere in Canada!

  • High quality printing
  • Low startup quantity (minimum 500)
  • Available on 100% recycled paper
  • Available with Glossy and matt finish
  • Available in custom sizes

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