How To Setup Artwork For White Ink

How to set up your artwork file with adobe InDesign / Illustrator.

White ink business card printing requires a specific set up in comparison to CMYK. You MUST use professional design software. We recommend Adobe InDesign or Adobe Illustrator.

Step 1

Open your design software and create an art board 85mm x 55mm add a 3mm bleed. The resolution setting must be 300dpi and CMYK.

Create a new layer, call the layer White 

Please note our white ink software is case sensitive so you will need a capital W

White Ink Setup

 

Step 2

Once you have created this White layer, you need to create a new swatch.

In InDesign click > Window > Colour > Swatches. The swatch pallet will appear.

In Illustrator  click > Window > Swatches. The swatch pallet will appear.

 

White Ink Business Cards Setup

Step 3

Click on the top right hand corner of the swatch pallet, select Add Swatch / Colour Swatch.

The Swatch must be set up like this:

  • Change the swatch name to White
  • Change the colour type to Spot Colour
  • Colour mode must be CMYK
  • Make the colour 100% Magenta

Setting up white ink

Step 4

Select the background artwork layer and copy all your elements, Paste these in place (mac B) (or Ctrl B). Fill elements and strokes with your White ink swatch.

 

Step 5

InDesign: Click > Window > Output > Attributes. Then select then select the artwork on the White ink layer and tick the box Overprint Fill or Overprint Stroke.

Illustrator: Click > Window > Attributes. Then select then select the artwork on the White ink layer and tick the box Overprint Fill or Overprint Stroke.

White ink business cards

 

 

Step 6

Save your document as a PDF using  Change the compatibility to Acrobat 8 (PDF 1.7).

Use settings in general options.  tick > Create Acrobat Layers from Top-Level Layers then select Marks and Bleeds and tick Use Document Bleed Settings.

You’re good to go, you can now submit your white ink business card design by clicking upload design on the product page.

 

Business Cards With White Ink