Printing in black paper?


Good day. I have no experience on this whatsoever so any help/insight from you would be very much appreciated. :) (my very first post too! :D)

I think posting the picture will help me explain things further so here it is: enter image description here

Posted here is our draft of what our bulletin board (a group project) will look like. I'm a bit concerned with the text because I don't know if printing it on a black paper [to be specific, an 8.5x11 cut-out from a cartolina. Black papers (if they even exist) are nowhere to be seen in any stores I've been] would work. My question is, is setting the color of the typeface to say, gray, and then printing it on the 'black paper' would be seen? Would the colors combine? How about if I print the turquoise text on the black paper, too? If not, can you suggest any alternative? I thought of printing this entire design but I decide not to because the bulletin is quite big (26 and 1/2 in X 44 in). It will cost us a lot of ink, I believe (or not?). Thank you so much for your time and to whatever help you can extend. :)

Edit* I use inkjet printer.

8/3/2014 11:09:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Dark backgrounds, in print, are typically handled in one of two ways:

  1. white paper, black ink (print the background)
  2. dark paper, use special opaque inks (print the foreground).

Depending on the method of printing, one may be more common than the other. With offset printing or ink-jet, it'd nearly always be option #1. For screen printing, it'd quite often be option #2.

8/3/2014 7:33:00 PM

Printing works, generally, with subtractive color. This is to say that pigment that is non-opaque is put on top of the substrate, usually paper, that forms the base color of your print. The pigment then eliminates the reflection of certain colors. This means that your print background has to be white OR it reduces the amount of colors you can use. If you use black all you can get is darker black.

It is possible to get ink that is opaque, but it does not mix color well, this is fine in the case your trying to achieve. You wont be able to do this with most office printers, they just dont stock this kind of ink. Usually what the commercial printer will do is use opaque white to mask the areas where you want colors and then print on top of that. But in this case it would be possible to use two opaque inks. You should discuss this with your printer.

Easiest is often to print the black.