As all colors are important in the printing industry, white being the most important is neglected the most. This happens because most printing is done on white paper. But it can be a problem if white is to be printed on a colored sheet that has no way of showing white. To print white on a medium other than paper, can also be a problem as white needs to stay prominent when it comes to printing white on other mediums such as clothes with illustrations.
White color holds its significance but there are quite a few problems while printing white. Paper is not the only medium used in the printing industry. The printing industry includes label printing, and clothes printing. It becomes significantly difficult to make the white color stand out when printed on transparent labels, clothes, and colored papers. This is why it is quite necessary to not neglect white color in printing and certain techniques can be used to print white and make it stand out.
The printing industry has been using the traditional CMYK color mode for printing and labeling for a very long time. To print white is not an easy task and it quite hard to achieve a perfect white shade in normal printing and most importantly in label printing. OKI PRO 1050 has opened up diverse options when it introduced the use of white toner in digital printers, completely revolutionizing label printing and printing white realistically and efficiently.
Why printing white is a problem?
Most of the printers present in the label printing and printing industry, in general, use the CMYK color mode to make most of the colors. CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key) are the four inks and their combinations are used to make most of the colors required. But there is no combination to print white, meaning that to print white, the medium’s color should be white as in CMYK, white means no ink. The white printed, as a result, isn’t as reliable as CMYK will only print colors rather than just plain white, which is not so helpful when transparent or colorful labels are to be printed.
Ways to print white
It’s not that white color can’t be printed at all. It can be printed but it’s not very convenient and is expensive. As easy as it may seem, printing white color is hard in the printing and labeling industry as it involves the use of white ink. This leads to a lot of complications. Some of the ways are briefed as below
White ink is an option when it comes to desktop label printers. Desktop printers can easily utilize white ink (mainly the inkjet models) to print white on paper. This limits the use of white on paper and not on any other medium. In addition to that, white ink is an expensive option than other color inks available for inkjet models.
Printing every color but white
This technique is quite common and used by most printers. but the main limitation is the color of the medium. The printer will print every color required but leave the places where white color is supposed to be. In practicality, the white color won’t be printed at all but will use the color of the medium (white paper). This is mostly used where the medium is white i.e paper printing industry.
A mixture of white and silver ink
A mixture of opaque white ink and silver ink might be a way to get rid of the white color crisis, but it’s an expensive option and not that efficient when it comes to large-scale printing. This might help some small-scale projects but is not recommended for large-scale production due to high expenditure on just the label printing.
The solution to all of this printing crisis is the use of white toner. White toner is mostly used in laserjet models of printers and can produce a very fine quality white color in the labels and other printing mediums.
The whole idea is to add white toner to the already used CMYK mode, helping to add the white where needed instead of leaving it blank.
CMYK+1 has revolutionized printing as it introduces the use of white toner in label printing. This helps to ensure that prominent white color is printed, without the concern of the compulsion of the medium to be white. OKI excelled in the label printed when they introduced the wide use of white toner in the label printing, increasing the profit and look of the label.
OKI Pro 1050
OKI is a company dedicated to providing printing services with the state of the art printers all over Europe. OKI Pro 1050 is one of the prominent printer models which uses the CMYK+1 technology for efficient label printing. To print white with OKI Pro 1050 is considered the most recommended choice. With the white toner as a plus point, OKI Pro 1050 provides the following benefits over the normal printer.
- With a choice to choose between CMYK and CMYK+1, one can easily bring quality in the label printing with minimal effort and fewer resources as the CMYK+1 option uses much less toner than usual for white prints.
- A little training is required as OKI Pro 1050 uses an automated option for CMYK+1. This helps to easily operate the printer for multi-purposes of printing without any additional training of usage.
- Acceptance of different textured printing mediums brings life to the labels that are being printed. OKI Pro 1050 accepts a diverse range of printing mediums (textured, plain, opaque). And with the diverse setting for label colors and options, OKI Pro 1050 is the perfect choice for quality labels for your much valuable product.
- OKI Pro 1050 also offers waterproof and UV-resistant printing. This option is useful in printing as water-resistant and UV-resistant labels are requirements of many products which are to survive or used in harsh environments.