White Ink (White Toner) Printing

White toner printing is a printing technology that uses white toner instead of traditional black toner. This allows for printing on colored or dark backgrounds, which is not possible with traditional black toner. In white toner printing, the printer applies a layer of white toner to the paper or other material before printing the color image on top of it. This creates a base layer that ensures the colors are vibrant and show up well on the darker background.

White toner printing is often used for creating  invitations, envelopes, and promotional materials such as  business cards, flyers, and brochures. It can also be used for printing on fabrics and other materials for customized apparel or merchandise. White toner printing has become more popular in recent years due to its versatility and ability to create unique and eye-catching designs.

Should you chose white toner or white foil?

White toner and white foil are both printing methods used to create white text or designs on dark or colored paper or cardstock. However, there are several reasons why white toner printing may be considered better than white foil printing:

  1. Flexibility: White toner printing is more versatile than white foil printing because it can print on a wider variety of media types, including textured papers, vellum, and even fabrics.  Perhaps its biggest advantage over foil is that white toner can print with variable data (different information on each sheet or envelope).  Foil printing, on the other hand, while the quality is still superior, cannot print with variable data.

  2. Detail: Like Foil, White toner printing can produce  intricate designs and small text with great clarity.

  3. Cost: White toner printing is generally more cost-effective than white foil printing for small to medium-sized print runs. Foil printing requires the use of special equipment and materials, which can cost a bit more.

  4. Time: White toner printing is faster than white foil printing because it does not require the additional step of heat transfer. This makes it an ideal choice for projects with tight deadlines.

  5. Sustainability: White toner printing is more environmentally friendly than white foil printing because it does not require the use of additional materials or chemicals, such as foil rolls or adhesives. Additionally, toner cartridges can be recycled, whereas foil rolls cannot.

Overall, white toner printing is a versatile, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly alternative to white foil printing that can produce high-quality results on a wide range of media types.