Closest print color to white?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by czarredd, May 4, 2011.

  1. czarredd macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2007
    I'm going to print on some dark bronze colored paper and wanted to know what the closest color code is to white without being white. I was thinking that a nice silver or gold would also work....Any color code suggestions?

  2. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    How can you get white or even anything close to white to print on a dark bronze colored paper?

    Typical printers will print using cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks or toners and no addition of these colored pigments on top of a dark paper will get you anything lighter than the original paper color.

    On white paper, the way you get white is to not 'print' any toner/ink over that area. You cannot get whiter than the original medium unless you are doing some sort of screen printing/silk screening with a medium that resembles a paint rather than ink or toner.

    (And since this isn't in a design or more professional section of the forum, I am guessing you are simply talking about a typical printer?)
  3. czarredd thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Thanks. I creating a church bulletin using a bronze type 80lb text stock on and older HP8550 dn. I'm thinking that gold would print nicely....what do you think?
  4. samh macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009

    Sorry, didn't see that you did in fact specify the printer you were using.
  5. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    You won't be able to get anything close to gold or silver with that paper. As a previous reply mentions, you have 4 colors to work with: cyan, magenta, yellow, black. Because you're using dark colored paper to begin with, you won't be able to come up with anything close to white or silver because that would depend on the paper being white. Really, you'll need to test.
  6. david boon macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2011
    go to photoshop and try some light sky blue you can find the color code over there. or online there are many tool available for the work .
    you can try this color: A2F2EE
  7. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Again, there is no white ink, so you can't print anything lighter than the paper itself. 100% yellow is about as light as you can get.
  8. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Well, printing nothing would be the lightest you could get. Printing 100% of anything on top of a bronze paper would be a darker shade than the unprinted-on bronze sections. You are adding particles of toner or ink. Paper color always shows through unless you are printing with a thicker medium like paint or a screen-printing medium. It's the physics of printing.

    100% yellow on white paper is yellow.
    100% yellow on bronze paper is probably a more orange-y bronze.

    OP: Do a test printout of a variety of colored blocks on your paper and see what we are saying. None of the colors will print lighter than the background color.

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