Creating Standout Special Effects With PrintFactory Editor

From printing white ink effectively to creating colourful overlays on a variety of substrates, producing eye-catching special effects is key to standing out as a print service provider.

From printing white ink effectively to creating colourful overlays on a variety of substrates, producing eye-catching special effects is key to standing out as a print service provider. To support businesses in streamlining the wide-format workflow, PrintFactory’s editor tool is designed to help users achieve dazzling special effects quickly and easily whether working with PDF, AI, PSD, EPS, TIFF, JPG or any other type of file format.

Normally, in large-format, RIPs come complete with nesting, tiling, cropping, grommet placement and other basic tools, but do not offer an image editing functionality. Usually, this will mean that cut-files and print-files are created separately in Illustrator and will then be nested, formatted and scaled in order to be outputted to the RIP which will then colour manage the files. This requires staff to be trained in Illustrator and means the process takes additional time. However with PrintFactory’s complete production suite, users  can edit, layout and RIP all using a single piece of software.

Integration of PrintFactor’s editor into the workflow bridges the gap between prepress and upstream design applications. Not only does this make it easier to train new staff members in the editing and workflow process, it also dramatically reduces the time taken to create the special effects.

Using the PrintFactory editor, special effects can be created more efficiently and with more flexibility as they can be produced on coloured background or substrate without using Illustrator. Examples of the special effects created with PrintFactory can be seen in the below images of Assassin’s Creed, Tony Curtis or an Aston Martin!

PrintFactory showcased a number of eye-catching special effects made possible by the editor at last year’s Print Show. This included printing into mirror film and reverse clear acrylic. Printing white ink onto black Dibond was another popular demonstration among delegates which created brilliant results that captured the imagination of the crowd.

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PrintFactory special effects - white ink into black dibond