Creating Clear Cards

Clear cards can be used in clever ways, though there are a few key considerations to take into account in order to print the cards as you intended in your design.

Clear PVC cards allow for both front and back artwork to be printed on a single side. The back (reflected) artwork is then visible through the other side of the plastic, so the back artwork does not need to be mirrored in the same way you would mirror artwork if the art was printed on both sides of the plastic.

The exception to the mirroring rule is if you have text on the back (reflected) side of your card. You will want to mirror the text - and only the text - so that it is readable through the plastic.

In the above example, the template has been left on for clarity.

Note that the white ink layer that is printed behind any color artwork (that is not pure 100% white) is generated by the printer software. For help on setting up your color artwork to ensure the white ink layer is generated correctly, please visit the Printing with White Ink help article

A side effect of this different printing process is if your front and back artwork have a different silhouette, you will be able to easily see the white layer of the opposite side when looking at the part. The ink layers have thickness as well, so the faint outline of the opposite side’s ink layers will sometimes be visible if the silhouettes are different. For an example of this, please visit the Printing on Large Acrylic Shapes help article, but take careful note that the printing order for large acrylic shapes is different than clear cards.

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