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    Default how to print white on coloured paper

    This is either impossible or so easy I've totally missed it.
    I want to print on coloured paper, with some areas of the image white.
    What is happening at the moment is that "white" is treated as absence of colour, so I am seeing the paper colour rather than the white I want. I tried making the "white" 5% grey, but that still shows all the base colour beneath.
    I'm hoping I've missed something obvious, but I suspect I might be out of luck.
    Laser printer BTW.

    Any suggestions?
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    Default Re: how to print white on coloured paper

    There is no white printer ink or toner . Thats your problem

    Add to that , you would need several layers of white to 100% block any color underneath it . A bit like when you painting white on top of a darker color , takes several coats .

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    Default Re: how to print white on coloured paper

    That's pretty much what I had concluded.

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: how to print white on coloured paper

    You can get White toners, BUT they are special Printers are not cheap, if doing thousands of prints then it can be done and may be worth the $$, But for just a few, if it HAS to be white, would be better off going to a actual Print / photo Shop and get them to do it.

    Example of of a Printer -- https://www.oki.com/ce/printing/prod...ies/index.html

    AND in NZ, Cheap at half the price https://carter.co.nz/product/oki-pro6410-neon-1011.htmx or https://carter.co.nz/product/oki-pro7411wt-1012.htmx
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    Default Re: how to print white on coloured paper

    Everything you say is true. It is not worth it just to get a white trim on Santa's hat
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    Default Re: how to print white on coloured paper

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    I want to print on coloured paper, with some areas of the image white.
    ?
    You can't. The printer will treat the paper as white even if it isn't, so anything white will be whatever colour the paper is.
    If you really need white printing, use Vistaprint. They're not expensive.
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    Default Re: how to print white on coloured paper

    Yeah, printer ink works differently than combining coloured lights, where mixing red, green and blue give you white light (additive mixing). Ink and paint work on subtractive mixing, where red ink absorbs all the other wavelengths, likewise for blue and green, with the result being black (all colours being absorbed). The only way to print white is to deposit white, or to have inks/toners that specifically use red, green , blue pigments (additive colours), rather than the subtractive dyes.

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    Default Re: how to print white on coloured paper

    Thanks everyone. You have all confirmed what I already suspected.
    FYI attached is the image I have been trying to print:
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    Default Re: how to print white on coloured paper

    Just print it on White paper, it comes out fine, Rough as guts but here it is on A4 Std White paper from my color Laser. It looks a lot better than the picture shows.

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    Default Re: how to print white on coloured paper

    Sure. My issue was that I wanted to print on card to make a Christmas Card, and the only card I have is yellow, and I'm too tight fisted to buy white card.
    It looks OK on yellow.
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