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Kodak's dimensional ink capability is helping its customer's print truly stand out from the competition.

Through the application of a clear, dry toner from the fifth imaging unit on the Kodak Nexpress digital production press, the process can create all sorts of effects often mimicking the images underneath.

Precise ink control enables users to define intricate elements within the printed image to create a distinctive look and feel as well as different textures. The ink can be raised to varying heights allowing it to imitate the contours of the image that has been 'overprinted', or it can be used subtly to a build up a super-tactile image on a plain background.

Stephen Swan, product category manager, says: "This new dimension in printing can add value to any project and as it is carried out in line and on-press allowing a fast and efficient way of creating unusual and effective print jobs that stand out from the crowd."

He adds: "There are no negative environmental impacts. The ink does not detract from the paper's recyclability or contain any VOCs."

Another application is watermark and MICR (Magnetic Ink Character Recognition) security printing for applications such as cheques, secure documentation, financial documents and transpromo. There is also Kodak's Red Fluorescing Dry Ink, which is only visible when illuminated with a UV light source, ideal for certified documents and event tickets, and the ability to increase the colour gamut by up to 22% with a red, green or blue ink, and spot colour matching - for matching Pantone and corporate colours.

"Visitors will get to see and feel the truly remarkable results of the technology for themselves at Gulf Print & Pack 2011," comments Arif Khan, Area Business Manager, Kodak.