White Ink File Setup in Photoshop
You can use photoshop when we do not have vector artwork for assets.
The main difference between InDesign/illustrator vs. photoshop: it’s all about the channels. Example file: Jennifer Feather cards https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VQDPwZTnvnxO0a6paOa0gH7H8vOjq9zw
The Client Ideally Provides:
- Regular artwork
- White Ink/ Spot UV artwork on another page in black ink- this is so we can assign a spot color to the artwork.
Steps to set up white ink
- Open the files in photoshop.
- Focus on the image that is white ink.
- Select the layer, press command+A then cmd+C.
- Go to the regular artwork file. And go to the Channels palate.
- Make sure nothing is selected, then click on the small menu button and press “New Spot Channel.”
- Name the spot channel either:
- OKI- “SpotColor_White”
- Indigo- “White Ink”
- Press OK.
- Press cmd+shift+V while selecting the channel that has your spot color layer.
- Save the file. Press cmd+shift+S to do a save as.
- File type: tiff. Name file. Press OK
- **in tiff options you have two options to choose from depending on what looks better.
- Check “save transparency” - this will add some color to the file wherever there is white ink on top. This option can either help or hurt the art. The artwork will change, but the final product may look better. The photo shows what happened to the final product with saving transparency.
- Uncheck “save transparency” - this will leave the artwork intact but it may not look as good in the final product.
- With the save tiff file, you can now bring it into InDesign to do final layout and then export a PDF with standard settings.
- Photo examples of the effect of checking and unchecking “save transparency” when saving as a tiff file.
Example of what happened with color on white ink:File:
Notice that with “save transparency” unchecked the file looks very similar to the original art. The final product doesn’t look good with this setting unchecked though.
This is the final product with “save transparency” unchecked. Lose a lot of detail.
This is the final product with “save transparency” checked. Much better detail but it does add density where the artwork did not have it originally. The client chose to go with this photo with “save transparency” checked.
Here we just put different colors and put a white ink box behind half of it. Notice how different the color ends up. This wouldn’t be obvious unless you had sections of print go on top of the white ink and off the white ink with the same color. This is why the “save transparency” can help with these scenarios.
White Ink Setup
White ink is important when printing on dark papers like black or navy blue. We can print white ink on its own, or as an additional spot color combined with CMYK. We can also apply the white ink as a foundation and print full color on top of it—which ...
How to set up a file to print Silver Ink only in Photoshop
Note: This is for printing with silver ink only. It's a great way to print on darker papers as the silver is opaque enough to show well. This works when the file is set up so that the items that you want in silver are in black like the example below. ...
Silver and Metallic Ink File Setup Guide
How to set up you file for printing Silver or Metallic ink: Check below for our sample files and video to follow along an in-depth tutorial Download Link to Sample Files: Nonstop Printing Silver and Metallic Ink Setup Guide-v2 This is our ...
Standard File Requirements for Print
PDF files 300 DPI .125" Bleed .125" Margins (.25" for books) Text should be rasterized (text in Photoshop will not print crisply) If putting in crop marks, offset the crop marks to .125" For more information click the link to see what kind of print ...
Digital Die Cutting Setup
Summary For advanced users(no instructions needed) Our digital cutter uses spot colors to determine how to cut/crease/punch/kisscut your art. Download spot colors by clicking here. Remember to assign the stroke as "overfill stroke" in your ...