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Printing on Ribbon
Some ribbon printing methods are more suitable for some applications/products than others so we've created this table below to help explain what they are, how many colours can be printed, what technique is most suitable to what applications and the benefits to each technique.
If you have any questions at all please contact Customer Services.
Rotary Ink Printing
- Best for small, intricate designs.
- For best results use a darker colour on a lighter colour ribbon.
Foil Printing / Blocking
- Best for achieving very defined colours and also gives excellent results with metallics and prismatics.
- For best results use ribbons with an even surface.
French Raised Print
- Best for customers requiring the highest quality print with excellent image definition.
- Suitable for small repeated designs in metallic or normal colours and designs with continuous images.
Puff Screen Ink / Metallic Printing
- Best for achieving a 3D effect on the print design.
- Suitable for use when your packaging solution is being assembled and finished in the Far East.
Thermal Transfer / Sublimation Print
- Best for complex designs.
- It is possible to use half tones and tints.
Flat Screen Ink / Metallic Printing
- Best for colourful designs.
- Good definition when printing light colour inks on to darker ribbon colours, for example white ink on to black ribbon.
- Suitable for designs with longer repeats.
- "Tone on Tone" effect using only the ribbon, i.e. no foil/ink etc.
- High end premium effect.
- Suitable for velvet ribbons.
Minimum Order Quanitities
The minium order quantity for a 1 colour foil or rotary print on a standard ribbon is 500 metres. This varies for other printing methods, please contact customer services for more information.
Any artwork supplied is subject to the guidelines below:
- Artwork should be supplied as an editable illustrator file (.eps .ai), or editable .pdf.
- Information should be supplied on any custom font required.
- Origination costs vary dependent on number of printing plates required for the design.
- Plates remain the property of the client, and are held by Cole Fabrics Plc unless otherwise agreed.