Boosting reflectivity to produce print outs that really shine

Thursday, 12 November, 2009

Some new printing technology being developed in conjunction with Adobe could soon allow print designers to add far enhanced sheen effects to their printed works.

Some modern printers can use matt, glossy or metallic inks to change the reflectivity of an image, but the inks are always used on their own, as so-called spot colours. But by carefully mixing a range of such metallic inks, Fabio Pellacini at Adobe Systems and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, says it’s possible to reproduce subtle differences in reflectivity in the same way that mixing cyan, magenta and yellow can reproduce a range of colours.

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