Since large format digital printing offers solutions to print on almost any type of material, there are some challenges when it comes to managing colour appearance. But understanding the limitations for some substrate- and ink combinations should help you reach a satisfactory end result.
Interior decorations is one of the most rapidly expanding business areas for digital printing, since a designer or vendor can produce bespoke products in very short runs, without the penalties that come with traditional printing, such as high initial start up costs. Digital printing has overcome most of the early problems regarding quality, and today can actually offer superior quality, for instance when reproducing photographic images, compared to conventional screen printing. But with all printing methods, every type of substrate, be it textiles, wood, metal, glass, plastic or paper, needs the right type of ink. With digital printing the ink determines which type of digital printer to use. And to achieve a very wide range of colours, standard CMYK process colours might not suffice.
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