Pearlescent & Metallic Printing

Pearlescent printing creates a colorful and vibrant shimmering pearl-like effect on any printed piece, including gift cards, credit cards, packaging, retail POP displays, book covers, marketing collateral, and more.

The pearlescent effect is created from water based, solvent based or UV coating pigments structured with transparent layers. Their different refractive indices and optical wavelengths amplify or absorb light depending on their thickness, creating a pearl-like effect.

Using a discrete particle of a shimmering pearlized compound with the right base, we can print pearlescent in many different hues for your project. Just ask us for a sample. The possibilities are truly infinite.

Metallic Printing

Metallic special effects printing is similar to pearlescent but is applied to metallic colors like silver, gold and bronze. Recent innovations in UV coating technology have resulted in breakthrough improvements in their brilliance that rivals hot and cold foil stamping, foil laminations and use of metalized papers. We are also able to print metallics in a solvent or water based vehicle when appropriate. Metallics can also be applied to precise areas with spot printing, which reduces waste and saves time.

Pearlescent & Metallic Examples

We frequently print pearlescents on gift cards (many gift card designs start with a pearl background) as well as paper projects. The spectacular metallic piece (pictured right) is a business card on a black touche stock. The intricacies of the metallic design and the contrast with the black background make it a stand out that gets noticed! Unfortunately, pictures of pearls and metallics do not do them justice.

Contact us to learn how pearlescent and metallic special effects printing can help you be Anything but Ordinary

Printing Specifications


  • Paper or plastic


  • Fixed cost for setup and minimum order values may apply

Sheet Size

  • Fully automatic: minimum size: 15″ x 22″; maximum size 28″ x 40″
  • Semi-Automatic: no minimum size; maximum size: 25″ x 38″
  • Please allow 3/4″ to 1″ for gripper


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