Colors printed on transparent stickers without a white ink underlay tend to have a see-through quality. This is because the inks used are somewhat translucent. Here's what you can expect:
Lighter Appearance than On-Screen: The colors on the transparent sticker will look significantly lighter than they appear on your digital proof or screen. This is due to the transparent nature of both the sticker material and the ink.
Influence of the Background Surface: The surface where you stick the transparent sticker plays a crucial role in how the colors appear.
- On White Surfaces: If you place the sticker on a white surface, the colors will seem more vibrant and opaque, closely resembling your digital design.
- On Dark or Patterned Surfaces: Applying the sticker to a dark or patterned surface can greatly reduce the visibility of your design. The darker the surface, the more subdued the colors will appear.
- On Glass or Clear Surfaces: When the sticker is placed on a clear surface like glass or a window, the colors will appear at their lightest and most transparent.
Color Choice Recommendations: It's advised to use darker colors in your design for transparent stickers without a white underlay. Dark colors are less translucent and thus more visible. Light colors, on the other hand, should be used cautiously as they are more likely to appear faint and may not stand out as intended.