Can I print in white ink & CMYK on the same page?

Yes, you certainly can.

When placing your order, you can just put this through as a white ink print, as it is the same price.
Just be sure to leave us a note in the comments section to let us know that it will be printed in CMYK + White, so we know what to look out for in your artwork.

It’s also helpful if we know what layer the white ink should be on (above or below the CMYK print) so that we can tell if it is printing correctly or not.

The way you set up your artwork for this print method is a little different to normal, & it can be a bit tricky to get your head around – we totally get it!

So here's how you do it...

Most importantly, what you want to be printed in white ink, MUST be defined as a Spot Colour. This is how the printer knows what it needs to use white ink vs CMYK ink for.

  • Create a new spot colour in your swatches panel.
    It MUST be named SpotColor_White – spelled exactly that way (even though it’s not the right way we spell it – I know, it irks me too!).
  • Make it 100% Magenta only ( C= 0 / M= 100 / Y= 0 / K= 0)
  • Double check that the color type is definitely set to “Spot Color” & not “Process Color” which is usually the default.

Here's what it will look like in Adobe Illustrator:


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And in Adobe InDesign:

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The rest of your artwork should remain in CMYK in the colour(s) that you would like it to be printed in.

And now… This is where it can get a little tricky.

You will need to create a new layer for ONLY the artwork that you’d like to be printed in white ink, & create a separate layer for the artwork that will be printed in CMYK ONLY.

  • If you want the white ink to appear UNDERNEATH the CMYK
    (ie if you are printing a colour that is lighter than the stock on which it’s being printed, & you’re putting a white layer underneath the CMYK to make it stand out)

    The white ink spot colour layer will need to be on top.
    Under the attributes panel, you will need to ensure that everything in the spot color is set to “Overprint Fill” or ("Overprint Stroke" if it's just linework) – this tells the printer that it needs to print the white layer first, then print the CMYK on top.
  • If you want the white ink to appear ON TOP OF the CMYK

The white ink spot colour layer will also need to be on top, but make sure there are NO Overprint settings on the Spot Color – this tells the printer that it needs to print the CMYK layer first, then print the white ink on top.

We understand this can be difficult to get your head around at first – so we’ll always double check your artwork first & do a test print before going ahead with the whole run to make sure it’s turning out how it should - & we’ll let you know if anything needs changing.

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