Dry Back

Dry back refers to the reduction in ink gloss and vibrancy after the printed ink has dried, compared to its appearance when initially printed. This can result in a duller or less intense color.


Gloss reduction


  • Commercial Printing: A high-gloss brochure may appear less shiny and vibrant after the ink has dried, requiring adjustments to maintain the intended visual impact.
  • Packaging: Printed packaging might lose some of its initial luster, affecting the overall appeal of the product.
  • Photographic Prints: High-quality photographic prints can suffer from dry back, leading to less vivid colors and a reduction in perceived print quality.


  1. Proper Ink Selection: Choose inks that are formulated to minimize the effects of dry back, ensuring more consistent color and gloss retention.
  2. Paper Choice: Use papers with lower absorbency to reduce ink penetration, helping maintain the ink's surface gloss.
  3. Coatings and Finishes: Apply protective coatings or varnishes to the printed material to help preserve gloss and vibrancy after drying.
  4. Controlled Drying: Optimize the drying process to manage solvent evaporation and minimize changes in the ink's surface properties.
  5. Proofing: Conduct proofing under conditions that simulate the final drying process to anticipate and adjust for dry back before the final print run.

By understanding and addressing dry back, printers can enhance the final appearance of printed materials, ensuring they meet quality standards and client expectations. Contact us to learn more!