When it comes to name card printing, name cards with black as their background colour are immensely difficult to print even for local printing shops. Careful measures have to be taken in order to achieve a perfect print. Otherwise you will see obvious flaws like streaking, smudging, unsightly blotches here and there or oversaturation. Apart from obvious physical flaws, the process of lamination and UV varnish would be affected too!
Sounds awfully frustrating, doesn’t it? Sure it would be simpler to switch to other colours but why would you want to do that when you spent so much effort on one name card design already? Fortunately, there are ways to overcome this problem.
Make sure that you are using “Rich Black” for your background. Rich black, unlike others, is actually black composed of a combination of different colours mixed inside. Most of our printers make use of CMYK printing, which means they utilise a 4 colour printing method usually to achieve different colour values.
The problem with 100% black is that it is very likely to appear oversaturated, which looks horrible when you have glossy name cards.
If you are using design software, be careful when selecting colours. Let’s take photoshop for example. Photoshop has a ‘fill’ function to facilitate convenience, which may seem great when it comes to the task of designing. But when you print it makes it highly likely to oversaturate since the fill option is always 100% black.
Experiment with the colour values of rich black and do a few test prints on different material to assess how it looks. Pay attention to any signs of oversaturation as well as blotchiness or streaking. If those happens, adjust the colour values again. Once you have done a few test prints and narrowed down the material you wish to use for your name card printing, you can go ahead with printing.
Remember to clean out any excess ink residue still stuck in the printer by printing out clean copies of paper so that they can reduce the amount of excess ink that may stain your name cards. Make sure to run it through several times. Once you are sure that it is clean, you can go ahead and print the actual name cards.
- Additional finishing
Before you finish putting on the final touches of your name cards like laminating etc, let your name cards cool for a while just in case the ink is still drying. Black usually takes a much longer time to dry so let it sit for a while before you attempt to laminate or place additional finishings.
There you have it! Foolproof ways to ensure smooth and easy black name card printing! Now you know the little nifty tricks to achieve the perfect name cards without any fuss.