The printed finish on your boxes will largely depend on which Material and Print Finish option you've selected when ordering your boxes. Ink density also plays a small part in how the finish looks and feels -- deep and dark colors produce a high-level of reflectivity on printed areas, while pastels and lighter colors result in a more subtle shimmer or nearly-matte effect. Here's a list of our current options and a description of what to expect with each:
Classic White & Natural Kraft
Our Classic White & Natural Kraft material options will have a paper-like matte finish on any unprinted or blank areas. Printed areas (wherever ink is applied) will appear slightly reflective due to the hardened, scratch-resistant surface of the cured ink -- we call this a satin finish.
Our premium Dreamcoat material option has a clay-coated surface for a soft-touch feel on unprinted areas. We currently have two Print Finish options on our Dreamcoat material: Semi Gloss and HDPrint Gloss
The Semi-Gloss option uses the same printing technology that results in the satin finish on our White and Kraft material options, but the clay-coating makes the surface of Dreamcoat less porous, resulting in a semi-gloss finish and colors that look more saturated and vibrant.
The HDPrint Gloss option uses new printing technology to produce crisp, high definition print quality and a glossy shine on ink-dense areas.
Semi-Gloss Example (view full size)
HDPrint Gloss Example (pictured on right, view full size)
If you would like to receive pre-printed, pre-sized samples to check out these options yourself, you can submit a request here.