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How to Set Up a Clear Window Cling with White Ink

Smartpress is excited to offer clear window cling printing with the option for white ink.  White ink has special instructions associated with it when ordering.  Read on to learn how to properly format your file.

This specific example is for a window cling that’ll be placed on the front of the glass:

How to Set Up a Clear Window Cling with White InkStep 1: File Setup

This example creates a 10 x 10″ cling. To get started, we recommend downloading this window cling reference file, which has bleeds and safe areas added to it. These instructions are for a file created in Adobe InDesign, however, the same ideas apply to any program you choose to use.

Notice that the bleed is entered separately. A bleed is needed because artwork will go all the way to the edge.

Step 2: Design Cling

Two important things to consider in the design are the safe area and to use bleeds correctly. For text and any important design elements, remember where the safe area is. Keep at least 1/8″ space between the artwork area and trim edge of the cling.

Keep in mind where the white ink will be. Will there be artwork on top of the white? Will there be negative areas in the white ink? Both will work, but it’s something to take note of when you are designing. You’ll have to make sure white is set to print under artwork that you want to be opaque.

How to Set Up a Clear Window Cling with White Ink

Step 3: File Setup

How to Set Up a Clear Window Cling with White InkAs you’re probably used to, a PDF is a preferred choice for print files.

The main thing that differs in this project is the use of white ink. There are a few considerations and special instructions to keep in mind when setting up the file for PDF. Remember to think about how things will look if there is white behind it or not. Having the white printed before the ink on top will make the design elements stand out more.



Here are detailed steps on how to set up for white ink:

  1. In Adobe InDesign, create a new layer that will contain the white portions of your design. This layer should be named “White.” The software we use to print is case sensitive, so it is crucial that the W is capitalized.
  2. Once this layer is in place, create a new color swatch. Click on Window > Color > Swatches. The Swatch Palette will then appear.
  3. Click in the upper right-hand corner of the Swatch Palette and select Add New Color. It will default to black, but we suggest you make the color light blue so you can see the white better; 20% Cyan works.
  4. Use the Color Type drop-down menu to select Spot. Change the Swatch Name to “White,” with the W capitalized. Click “OK.”
  5. On the White layer, with the White color, fill in the objects that you would like to have colored white or — if you want white to be printed behind a design element — trace the shape you will need.
  6. Click Window > Output > Attributes. Put a check in the box next to Overprint Fill and Overprint Stroke (if applicable).
  7. When you save your file, the “White” layer should be at the top, with all of the rest of the artwork behind it.

Once these are completed, you can create the PDF. As you can see, it’s not a lot of extra work to include white ink in your window cling design. Custom quantities are available so you can order exactly what you need at Smartpress.com.


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