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Specialty Dry Inks

Your design dreams realized - Welcome to a more visual “Wow”

Most print designers dream of working on a project that involves specialty effects. Varnishes and foiling are two popular examples of eye-catching finishes that can be applied by industrial printing companies, but the added cost and time can make these projects quite a rarity.

Island Blue has now changed that with the introduction of their new Iridesse Colour Production Press. This press lets you combine stunning four-color CMYK imagery with up to two Specialty Dry Inks including metallic Gold Dry Ink, Silver Dry Ink, White Dry Ink and Clear Dry Ink, in a single pass, all without sacrificing digital printing benefits such as economical short runs and personalized printing. It has never been easier or more cost-effective to unleash brilliant, results-driving specialty effects!

Be Brilliant & add sparkle and shine with Gold, Silver, White, or Clear.
Spot specialty effects are stunning in their simplicity. Use solids or tints of Gold, Silver, White, or Clear Dry Inks alone or with CMYK to add immediate, cost-effective value to graphics and text – even if these elements are personalized!

Spot Effects Can Be applied in Several Ways
• In small areas such as graphics or text.
• As full-page floods such as a Clear overlay or overall flood of White or a metallic color.
• As a dimensional effect using more than one layer


White Dry Ink

White Ink can be used to flood an area under CMYK and metallic elements, so they pop on transparent substrates. White Dry Ink can also be used as an underlay on colour textured cover stocks and specialty media.


Extra Long Printed Sheets  - Even Textured Paper Stocks!

The Iridesse printer is also able to handle extra-long sheets up to 13" x 40", making it a great print option for menu boards, posters, banners, and other oversized marketing products. Create high-impact graphic presentations producing white dry ink on dark, textured cards stocks.

Metallic Inks & Your Design

Integrating Metallic Dry Inks with your design is simple.

Metallic effects with Silver and Gold Metallic Dry Inks are more than digital simulations. They are real metallic inks containing embedded metallic flakes for a stunning, full-metal effect.

Use them to:
• Dress up your brand
• Create unique and breathtaking visual effects
• Add keepsake value to certificates and awards
• Induce a sense of quality and luxury

Real Metallic Effects

Dry Ink PANTONE gold and silver metallics can be used on their own or layered with CMYK to deliver new, stunning iridescent palettes that create more "Wow" in less time. Metallic inks are best used in larger areas. These inks contain metallic particles, which is what gives them  their shine. Coated stocks tend to better a better choice for metallic inks. Not recommended for line art, thin rules or small type.

Consider Metallic Dry Inks for:
•  Incorporating your logo and graphics that have Silver or Gold.
•  Highlighting headlines, names, and important elements to ensure that they shine.
•  Simulating or enhancing a metallic appearance in images with a tint overlay.

Common Use Cases

The Iridesse Production Press can add all these special metallic enhancements to a wide range of consumer products including:

  • Wedding invitations
  • Baby announcements
  • Magazines
  • Posters
  • Print mailings
  • Window decals
  • Professional portfolios
  • Banners & more

Clear Effects

Clear Dry Ink adds shine to lighter CMYK colours and makes them "POP!" Clear Dry Ink can be used on it's own for both  spot (watermark designs) and floods. Clear Dry Ink is not recommended on gold, silver, metallics, or dark CMYK values as it can dull the appearance.

Clear Dry Ink stimulates creativity with multiple ways to enhance applications. Effects can be easily applied in the design phase, or added to existing jobs at the print server without altering the source file.


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Metallic Inks File Prep Tutorials

Please view the tutorials below to learn how to prepare your files to take advantage of Island Blue's Metallic Inks. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bill at x203.