With names that seem like a random group of letters, ID card printer ribbon names can seem intimidating – but our experts are here to help so you always order the correct ribbon.
Common Ribbon Types
Monochrome ribbons are a single color, and print only in solids with no shadows or shades. The most popular monochrome color is black, but they are also available in blue, greed, red, metallic silver and gold, and more.
A YMCKO ribbon has color panels (Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, and Black) PLUS a clear overcoat panel that adds some protection to your cards. This style of ribbon will print full color, black, and the overcoat on one side of a card. If you want to print full color on both sides of the card, you’ll get half the print yield from the ribbon.
A YMCKOK ribbon has the YMCKO panels for printing on one side of the card, plus an additional black panel to print only black on the back side of the card.
If you have a reverse transfer or laminating printer, you can’t use a ribbon with an overcoat panel. Instead you would use a YMCK ribbon or a YMCKK ribbon.
There are also specialty ribbons, which are used less often, but include fluorescent printing, scratch-off ribbons, and more. Laminates also come in multiple styles including clear, with holographic watermarks, and with cutouts for magnetic stripe cards, signature panels, or smart card chips.
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