Show-through in printing refers to the phenomenon where printed content from one side of a sheet is visible on the opposite side, often resulting in reduced readability and print quality. This can occur due to factors like paper thickness, ink density, and paper opacity. To delve deeper into show-through and learn how to address it effectively, continue reading below.




  1. When using thin paper stocks, such as newsprint, show-through may occur, causing text or images from one page to be visible on the backside.
  2. In double-sided printing of brochures or magazines, show-through can affect the clarity and impact of visuals and text on both sides of the page.
  3. Show-through is noticeable when printing dark-colored graphics or text on light-colored paper, especially if the paper has low opacity.


  • Choose thicker paper stocks or higher-opacity papers to minimize show-through and improve print quality.
  • Consider using paper coatings, such as matte or gloss finishes, to reduce ink absorption and enhance opacity.
  • Choose inks with good opacity and color vibrancy to minimize the visibility of printed content on the reverse side.
  • Adjust print settings, such as ink density and drying time, to optimize print quality and reduce show-through.
  • Conduct print proofs and tests to evaluate show-through and make necessary adjustments before full-scale printing.
  • Consult with printing professionals for advice on suitable paper options, ink combinations, and printing techniques to mitigate show-through effectively.

To learn more about show-through and how we prevent it at American Print and Bindery, contact us today!