(Closed) Is there such a thing as white ink?

posted 12 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I can’t say I’ve printed white ink before. It doesn’t sound possible because you can’t mix any of those colors to get white..Or at least to my knowledge. But what do I know. I live under a rock. 🙂 I’m the last to know everything. 😛 If you can get your hands on a Gocco, though (GOSH, I’m such an enabler!) you can print in white ink.

I bet Kinky’s—err, Kinko’s, would have white ink that you could print on coloured paper. However, they require that you use their paper (read: you purchase their paper).

Post # 4
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Nope — no such thing as white ink that comes out of a printer.

To get all print-nerdy on you, printers combine amounts of magenta, cyan, yellow and black to get all the colors in the rainbow). White is the absence of ink; so when you see an orange background with white ink, they printed a lotta orange, and left "holes" where the white letters are. Neither a home printer nor a professional (even on the magazine/book printing level) will be able to print in white.

You can buy white inks that are paints, or like JCM said, inks for screen printers like Gocco’s.  You can also buy stamp pads that are white.  But as far as printing from a printer (home or pro), sorry… 

Post # 5
19 posts
  • Wedding: November 2007

Nope, no white ink for an inkjet. You can, occasionally, find it for offset printing, but it looks awful. (I should know, when I first started doing invitations, I did a white ink on red paper for a client…it looked hideous and we had to reprint it. Ouch.)

You can get thermographic printing (raised ink on paper, it’s a type of plastic…less expensive than engraving) in white or silver. And, since it’s raised, it looks pretty good. I believe you can get engraving in white and silver, too. It is, however, expensive.

 Depending on how/where you need to us the white type, you can have the type as "paper" color (so, white) and then the color around it. Just print out the color. This will really only work when your type is big.

 Good luck!

Post # 6
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

You cannot get white ink on a inkjet or laser printer as someone above said.  I’ve never attempted it in offset printing, but the good ole Gocco does have white ink!  Just a thought!  I’ve also heard that white ink on dark paper for letterpress is not always a good idea.  Better to go darker inks on light paper.

Can’t believe a Kinko’s would turn away business! The Kinko’s in my college’s town lets you use your own paper at your own risk and charges you the same price as if you used their paper. If they hadn’t, I wouldn’t have passed some of my design classes!! Haha!  However, I am pretty confident they’d only have white ink for things like signs or banners which are typically sent out and would not be on the kind of "paper" you’d want.

Post # 7
5 posts

I used white ink on dark brown paper for my sister’s Christmas card using my Gocco.  It did give the effect of "white"printing and people really liked the cards…but it did look a little silver…not a crisp white like a professional printing job.  It might work better with lighter background paper though.

Post # 8
103 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve seen some beautiful DYI projects with white ink on the Gocco by the bees!

Post # 9
1 posts

I see you may no longer need this answer but for someone out there that is googling the same thing I thought I would throw my 2 cents in. I havent tried it yet but you might could try a white gel pen in your pazzles cutter ( if you have one ) or even a cricut cutter. With the cricut you have to buy their pens but with pazzle you can you any pen you have. I have a cricut now and I’m selling it to buy a pazzle. When I get my pazzle thats the first thing I’m gonna try to do is write on black paper with a white gel pen I’ll keep you posted.

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