With our specialty print coatings, any offset printer can offer their customers more than a flat print. Creating great art and amazing prints is only limited to printer and artistic imaginations. Just let us help you with the glitter, pearlescent, metallic, texture, scratch-off or glow in the dark inks, as well as UV flood or spot coatings. Impro excels at high-quality, high-opacity scratch-off printing for offset printers.
Screen printing with glitter inks can add unique value for customers who want special effects that sparkle and shine. You can choose glitter in many different sizes of flake, measured in hex, or the size across the hexagonal flake in fractions of an inch. The size you use will be determined by the design you want to print. A larger flake will catch more light and create a shinier effect, while it will require a coarser mesh screen for the flakes to pass through. This makes larger flakes unsuitable for finer details. A smaller flake won’t catch as much light and the glitter effect won’t be as vibrant, but you can print it through a higher mesh-count screen to capture smaller details.
Pearlescent printing creates a colorful, vibrant, shimmering, pearl-like effect on any printed piece, including gift cards, credit cards, packaging, retail point of purchase displays, book covers and marketing collateral. We create the pearlescent effect using water-based, solvent-based or UV coating pigments, structured with transparent layers. Their different refractive indices and optical wavelengths amplify or absorb light depending on their thickness, creating a pearl-like effect. Using a discrete particle of a shimmering pearlized compound with the right base, we can print pearlescent in many different hues. Just ask us for a sample. The possibilities are truly infinite.
Metallic special effects printing is applied like pearlescent, using metallic colors like silver, gold and bronze. Recent innovations in UV coating technology have resulted in breakthrough improvements in their brilliance that rivals hot and cold foil stamping, foil lamination and metalized papers. We are also able to print metallics in a solvent- or water-based vehicle when appropriate. Metallics can be applied to precise areas with spot printing, which reduces waste and saves time. Metallic inks, especially silver, are completely opaque, making them ideal for many screen-printing applications, such as selective blocking of light transmission.
We use specialty UV inks or coatings to print graphics with a leather, wood, sand, grit, or other custom textures. Printing a soft touch varnish on labels, packaging or cards adds value to the final product. Soft touch varnish is not only a great tool for emotional marketing but also a way to distinguish a brand or a product from its competition. Adding soft touch varnish on Champagne, wine labels or luxury packaging personalizes and underlines a brand while enhancing the consumer experience.
Scratch off panels are used on game and lottery cards. The scratch-off ink prints over the prize or winning numbers. Typically we offset print the cards with a clear varnish to cover the area to be printed with the scratch-off panel.
==> Impro excels at printing high-quality, high-opacity scratch-off panels for the offset printing industry. Highlights include:
Glow in the dark ink printing creates a glowing effect in the dark when charged by light. We mix special chemicals called phosphors into the ink, causing it to absorb energy and re-emit it as visible light. They are best when used on white or light-colored substrates. The glow-in-the-dark ink is light sensitive. It must be exposed to or “charged” under normal light before being used in the dark. Typical glow-in-the-dark screen printing ink comes in whitish or clear formulas. These inks produce a green glow, but many other color options are also available.
UV coating, or ultraviolet coating, is a very glossy, shiny liquid coating which we apply to a printed paper surface. We cure it on a printing press or with a special machine using ultraviolet light. The coating hardens when we expose it to the ultra violet radiation. Choose a UV coating when you want to highlight or protect printed materials. Try it on book covers, the point of purchase displays and advertising material. We offer both matte and gloss UV spot and flood coatings.