White ink is most commonly applied as a base layer on colored, metallic, or clear stocks. In these applications, white ink is printed first followed by cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks on top. In these instances, the white ink is used to overcome the color of the paper or other substrate providing a white background or base. On clear substrates, white is necessary to prevent light from passing through and washing out and affecting other colors.
White ink is also increasingly popular among graphic designers for a wide variety of unique applications. As paper manufacturers continue to expand their product offerings to include a wide variety of colors and materials, white ink is becoming an increasing necessity. Cedar Graphics has seen a huge variety of white ink applications including invitations, posters, metallic stickers, window clings, post cards and more.