If you have navigated to this page you might have questions such as:
What is a white layer?
Does your product need a white layer?
How do you create a white layer?
Never fear!! Columbine Label is here to help!
White Layers Defined
A white layer is a layer of white ink that is printed onto a non-white material to act as a primer for the colored ink. This can really make colors pop and allows for a multi-dimensional effect!
Building a White Layer
Check out this step-by-step instructional video on how to create a white layer for your product label!
1. Open your art file in Illustrator.
2. Create a new layer and name it “White”.
3. Open the “Swatches” window and create a new Swatch.
4. Name the new Swatch “White” and make sure it’s a spot color.
5. Select all the art from the art layer, then go to “Edit” and choose “Copy”.
6. Click on your white layer, go back to “Edit”, and choose “Paste in Place”.
7. Apply the spot white color to the vector text.
8. Go to the color window and adjust the tint to 0%.
9. Go to the “Attributes” window and click on the “Overprint Fill” box.
10. After all vector metallic objects are adjusted, select any images that need to be metallic and go to the “Links” window. Select your image and edit the original image in Photoshop.
11. In Photoshop, select “Layer”, then “Flatten Image”.
12. Click “Image”, choose “Mode”, and select “Grayscale”.
13. Go to “Image”, choose “Adjustments”, and select “Invert”.
14. Go to “Image”, “Adjustments”, and select “Levels”. Adjust the dark arrow to the right, to make sure all black is 100% black, and adjust the white arrow to the left, so that all white is 100% white.
15. Click “File”, and choose “Save As”. Under format select “TIFF” and include “White” in the file name.
16. Go back to Illustrator. Select the image on the white layer and relink the image.
17. Select your new white image and click “Place”.
18. While your white image is still selected, go to the “Swatches” window and click on the spot white color to apply to your image.
19. Go to the “Attributes” window and check the “Overprint Fill” box. Make sure that all objects on your white layer are set to “Overprint Fill” or “Overprint Stroke”.
White Layer Applied
Don’t worry, we got you! We have an in house art department that can create the necessary white layers for your label project. Give us a call or fill out our get a quote form, we would love to talk to you more about making sure your art is print ready.