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Making the most of MetalFX inks

Design for print has always struck me as a creatively suffocating phrase, but if you fail to prepare your images properly for a special print process, there's little chance of achieving a quality finish.

One such process that requires you to think as a designer and artworker well before tackling the illustration or photography is MetalFX.

MetalFX inks act as a substrate printed inline before the transparent CMYK inks. The really clever thing is that you can define this substrate using a spot channel from any image while retaining gradients and tonal values. This offers more colour, subtlety and control when using metallic ink to elevate your print work. To obtain a copy of ImagineFX issue 32 and see the finished effect, see

Click here to download the tutorial for free