HDWhite: custom high definition white patterns and gradients on optically clear film
Traditionally white graphics on glazing have been cut and weeded from vinyl or screen printed onto films, both of which are lengthy and costly processes. HDWhite custom white printed window film uses high-definition white printing technology developed by HDClear. The process replicates just about any image, pattern or gradient onto optically clear polyester film (PET) with stunning results and ease of installation.
Our most common HDWhite projects are those involving custom printing patterns similar to 3M Fasara, Solyx, or alternate pre-manufactured films. Since we can match the white levels and patterns on our optically clear 72” wide film, we have become the industry leader in all white related decorative window film projects.
Smooth white patterns and designs
White is a difficult color to print but HClear have invested heavily in custom manufacturing equipment and work on continuous research and development, this is backed up with an industry-first 10-year warranty for custom printed decorative window films. HDClear developed HDWhite as an independent line to account for all the global graphics interest architects and designers are promoting in white patterns. White allows a huge amount of light penetration while simultaneously offering privacy – making it very popular with architects and designers.
HDWhite specializes in outputting with little to no banding. Computers and printers are effectively color blind with white. It’s like asking a human to see infrared or ultraviolet. We use state-of-the-art high tech tools and printing equipment to do so.
HDWhite has years of experience and has printed miles of white-scale projects. We are unmatched in controlling translucency levels.
Our sample book includes cut sheets of HDWhite – White Scale Grid and White Scale Overlay (as shown above). As with HDFrost, recent projects have specified overlapping layers of white with 2-3 separate translucency levels. We have clarified the overlaps and labelled the percentages. To request printed sample swatches of HDWhite please click here.
Imagine painting a room dark purple and the later painting it a light blue. The darkness will bleed through and deepen the light blue you were shooting for. There are tricks to layering inks and since the optically clear material is microns thick this means the first layer will affect the overlap. We have called out percentages to help bypass initial art fees. Again, any client that would like different percentages on overlaps will see increased costs.
A crucial note to recognize is the white translucencies appear brighter to the human eye. White surfaces reflect about 80% of the ambient light, black surfaces only reflect about 5%. White’s higher reflectance usually affects translucency perceptions and a good rule of thumb is to consider 20% lighter translucency with white-scale projects than you would with greyscale or color-scale projects. For instance a 20% White-scale is similar in appearance to a 40% Greyscale. Some CMYK values with darker colors should use higher translucency levels and CMYK Values for brighter colors should use lower translucency levels