Ink Resources

Tools for Quality Control

Few print specifiers realize the ink resources made available to them through their printers and ink manufacturers. These quality-control services can be provided either directly from your printer – if it’s a company that mixes its own ink, or by having the printer provide these services in conjunction with its ink manufacturer.

These services can help you get a better prediction of what you’ll get on press, which is a goal - all print buyers strive to achieve. For example, you can make sure that the gold metallic ink looks like you envisioned it on that forest green felt paper.

These services are usually free to you. But even if your printer charges a minimal fee, it’s well worth it and can save significant time and money down the road. However, you will need to allow some extra time in your production schedule.

Here is a brief summary of some of the services offered.

Ink Drawdown

Ink Roll-Out

Color Match

Other Services from Ink Manufacturers

By knowing and using these resources, you can get a better idea of what to expect when working with an unfamiliar stock or process. By taking advantage of these services, you can resolve print problems before you get on press, saving you time and money. Most printers will be happy to provide these services to you directly or via their ink suppliers. Contact your printer for more details.
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