ID card printers use colored ribbons to print your designs on cards, instead of the traditional ink cartridges. Knowing what those ribbon names means will make it easier to find the ribbons you need!
Y – Yellow
M – Magenta
C – Cyan
K – Black
O – Overlay
YMCKO – This standard ribbon is used to print most cards. Most commonly used for single-sided printers, this ribbon does full color on one side of a card. If you use it in a dual-sided printer you can print full color on both sides, but you’ll get half the ribbon yield.
YMCKOK – This is the standard ribbon for dual-sided printing. This style of ribbon will print full color on the front and monochrome black on the back.
There are also specialized ribbons used to print cards and designs beyond the normal colors.
F – Fluorescent, also called UV (only visible with a UV light)
T – Topcoat, also called Overlay
I – Inhibitor (prevents printing in a specific area of the card)
UV – Ultraviolet, also called Fluorescent (only visible with a UV light)