Overprinting is a printing technique where one layer of ink is printed on top of another. This can be used to create special effects, enhance colors, or ensure proper alignment in multi-color prints.


Overlay printing


  • Color Mixing: Printing yellow ink over blue to create a vibrant green.
  • Fixing Gaps: Using overprinting to cover tiny misalignments in multi-color designs so there are no white gaps between colors.
  • Unique Effects: Layering different colors or patterns to create special visual effects.


  1. Preview Your Design: Always preview your design in your software to make sure the overprint looks the way you want it to.
  2. Know Your Colors: Be aware of how different ink colors will mix when overprinted to avoid unexpected results.
  3. Get Proofs: Check physical proofs of your print to ensure the overprinted areas look right before doing a full print run.
  4. Communicate: Make sure to talk to your printer about any overprinting in your design so they know exactly what you expect.
  5. Use Tools: Take advantage of software tools that let you simulate overprinting effects to predict how they’ll look.

By paying attention to these details, you can use overprinting to add depth, correct issues, and make your printed materials stand out. Contact us today to learn more.