Fifth Colour

Printing Process

Curious on how we create prints that stand out from the rest of the crowd? Keep reading to see how the fifth colours have a drastically and aesthetically pleasing effect on your prints!

The Power of Fifth Colours

If you know your way around the basic printing colors which are CMYK, then you might be interested in learning about the power of fifth colors in printing. These include clear, white, and neon ink and each one has an amazing and varying impact on how your prints turn out when they are added to the mix.

Having trouble choosing which fifth ink you might need? This all depends on what your visual goal is for your prints. See how each ink can benefit your print in their own unique way below!

Clear Ink Process

Can clear ink really make a difference on your prints? Absolutely, the question to ask is how? Applying clear toner to an otherwise flat color print has the ability to add depth and eye-catching clarity to your final prints, giving them a three-dimensional edge.

Adding clear toner is also an effective way to add a touch of elegance and class to your marketing pieces! Never underestimate the tasteful element that clear ink can add to your branding message.

Clear Ink Advantages

  • Make your Print Pop - Clear ink helps colours pop, a stunning High Gloss finish to photos and other elements.
  • Focus Attention -  Draw attention to key messages by using clear ink to Highlight what's important.
  • Variable Printing - Personalised your prints, Digital Printing process used to apply clear ink allows you to add variable information and customise content to your customers.
  • Added Protection - Flood the entire page with clear ink to achieve a similar effect to lamination, adding protection to products that are prone to wear.

Neon Yellow

Our neon yellow ink option is an excellent solution to make your prints more bright and striking! Neon yellow is a hallmark for safety applications, packaging, or highlighting promotions and is especially effective in catching visual attention due to its luminosity.

If you’re looking to get blinding but brand-effective prints for your marketing plan or simply need some safety signages to caution passer-byers of potential hazards, then neon yellow is the ink for you.

Neon Pink

If you’re looking for a bold but tasteful pop to your prints, then our neon pink ink option just might be exactly what you need. Neon pink is especially popular in all things trendy such as fashion, cosmetics, and beauty, but is also an excellent solution for marketing other products due to its vibrant color.

Another great aspect of our neon palette is it becomes reflective when placed under UV light, this works for both neon pink AND yellow!

White Ink Process

If there’s one color that’s taken for granted in the printing world, it’s definitely white ink! Having white ink process applied on your prints can actually make a huge difference when it comes to producing brightly colored logos and images onto dark or dull colored stock.

This is a great solution when printing on clear, black, or dark card stocks and stickers as it assures that each artwork is represented in it’s fullest color and brightness.

Unlike neon ink, white ink can be added to any mix of colors to make them really pop out and shout the message your brand brings.

Why White Ink on Kraft Buffalo stock? 


Earthy and Rustic


White Ink Only 

Simple and Elegant 


White Ink + CMYK Process

Make it POP


As Kraft is not white, printing on Kraft the colour interacts with the brown stock resulting in a different colour outcome than if you print on white. We do not advise or recommend the use of light or transparent colours, as they will not stand out on this stock. For a pleasing outcome, all colours should be dark solids.

White Ink is our specialty fifth colour process which can help you take your kraft business card design to a whole new level of creativity. 

Please don't get us wrong, some people love the more subtle and rustic look of black and / or cmyk only on kraft stock. With the right designs for the right products this can be the right solution.

Traditional full colour CMYK print on natural kraft board

Full colour printing processes use a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink or toner (CMYK). Designed to be printed on a white base, CMYK colours are translucent so they can combine to achieve different colours and effects. As they are translucent (think coloured glass), when printing on a white card colours look solid and bright - but when printed on a coloured base like kraft stock, colours blend with the natural board colour.

Colours darker than the board will generally appear solid, but darker/ less vibrant than they would appear on white.

Colours lighter than the board for instance yellows or light shades may not be visible, or may look more like a watermark rather than a solid feel.

It is important to remember that white elements in standard CMYK designs have no ink/toner applied, showing just the white card underneath, so when these designs are printed on kraft card, they will have no fill and the kraft card will show in these areas.

Adding a white base for vibrancy

But what if you want more pop and vibrancy!

When you want your colours to pop off specialty coloured stock like brown earth looking Kraft stock, and / or you want to include white elements in your design, our specialty white ink option will help achieve the look you're after. 

By adding white as the fifth colour in the CMYK printing process, you can not only have white in your design, you can use it as a base layer to create more vibrant, and bright colours on coloured paper stocks.

*** NO TRANSPARENT COLOURS *** when printing with white ink all colours need to be set to 100% opacity. Transparent elements in designs will not work with white ink  

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