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How to Print on Black / Dark Paper?

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If you have a job that requires you to print it on a dark background or black paper as a printing surface, you have 2 ways to go for it. First way could be just adding a black background to the image and the printer will take care of the rest. On the other hand, you can use colored or white opaque ink to overlay a black empty canvas. Anyway, we will talk more about this in a few seconds.

Why People Want to Print on Black Paper?


A flyer, as it is, are boring and not everybody will stop to read a blank/white page with black text on it. This sort of simplicity is used for legal documents and boring documentation/archive intended printed goods.

If you need a flyer that will stand out from competitors, first start by adding some images to it, effects, color fades, bevels on the text, maybe some clip-arts so it becomes attractive and after potential customer attention is obtained, maybe they will read the content.

Printing Black as Image Background

As done on a daily basis, you may just adjust the design on any application that allows printable backgrounds. Some of the applications that allow a colored background (dark or black) are photoshop, illustrator, ms paint, ms word, among others. Just remember, for the text, images or vector lines to be readable, you need to use bright colors or just plain white to create a contrast against the black/dark background paper.

This is often seen on cheap club-flyers printed for local party events, with dark backgrounds and a lot of effects all over the postcard. For the text to be readable on top of all these effects, additional attributes have to be added to the text to make it bolder, add border, shadows or even bevel effects. In the end, all these together make a great presentation and calls for action to the eyes of the potential customer.

Note: On Microsoft Office, just changing the background color of the sheet will not make it print on the selected color, additional options must be met for this matter.

Using a Black Paper or Dark Grey Empty Canvas


When the paper or canvas used for printing is black or any dark color, you must take in consideration different printing methods that will contain white as part of the ink selection or that the ink dropped over the paper must be thick enough to avoid ink dissolved onto the dark paper and just disappearing. We all know that offset printing presses do this job perfectly when you need to print huge amounts of units like business cards, flyers, postcards or even brochures. 1 single plate for white color as the background for top layers of ink will do the job and they will look beautiful once finished.

Screen Printing On Black Materials For Low Quantities

But, if you are planning on just printing a few units like a T-shirt, mugs, pens, canvas or any material that is black. For this, you may use old-school screen printing when you manually apply the ink thru a pre-perforated screen to allow the ink to flow thru just on precise locations. This will allow you to mask out everywhere where any type of ink is supposed to go for letters or images base color if needed, or just to print white content directly.

Hand Made Design For Black/Dark Chalkboard Instead Of Printing

On many restaurants you see they get a chalkboard to the streets with the specials of the day written big in white chalk to attract the attention of local and walk-by potential customers. This works pretty good as it is extremely economical to just write and erase every day or every time the menu or special deals. This is so cheap to publish, re-do and just a great tool for every day use that the only extra cost for this is the white or colored chalk, most of the time. Remember creativity is a must to create a good looking and attractive black chalkboard ad or promotion.



Where to Buy Printable Dark or Black Canvas For Printing


You can buy chalkboard on any local Staples or Office Depot for your convenience, as there are so many black background chalkboard of many sizes, types, and forms. Also, chalk is available in many sizes and colors. The most convenient advantage of buying local is the fact that you can touch and feel the quality of the black background chalkboard before you buy.

Online stores like Amazon and eBay also provide options to buy individual blacked background chalkboards online with and without the colored chalks. Along with unlimited sizes and options, but the problem with ordering online is, you can’t make sure the texture of the chalkboard is as you require for your project.

Home Solution To Paint/Write on Black Background Surfaces (Paper, Chalkboard, Mugs, Gift-Box, More)

If you just need a fast solution for a gift, school presentation or even for a box that is going to be shipped and needs some text over it. A quick solution will always be to use a pen corrector that often comes on white ink. This pen corrector formula comes to become very sticky and durable over any surface, if needed to remove, later on, its also a possibility if you use care.

Is Black Background Chalkboard Waterproof?

Depending on your needs, where your ad is displaying or the type of cheap flyer you are printing, every material comes with different textures and resistance to weather and other elements. Please read material details for further details on each specific canvas.


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