Color changing ink

Photochromic ink changes color as soon as the can is taken outside and exposed to natural sunlight



Why use this effect?

  • The colors come to life when outside
  • Packaging can reveal messages when exposed to the sun
  • Great for communicating outdoor living and healthy lifestyle values
  • Ideal for differentiated and interactive consumer experience at festivals and similar occasions

Things to know

  • Photochromic describes the reaction of this ink when exposed to sunlight -Indoors the ink is protected from UV rays by the window glass and appears almost as a pearlescent white color. When taken outdoors, the ink reacts with UV rays and by magic it shows up in different colors
  • Photochromic ink is worth considering for brands consumed mainly outdoors, in parks, at festivals or outdoor sporting events
  • Photochromic inks are available in a limited number of colors. Pearlescent white to color available. It is not possible to match an exact Pantone color*
  • The photochromic effect is available on all can sizes
  • Elements created using photochromic ink should be placed in the main body of the can
  • We recommend design ideas are submitted to ensure the final artwork is feasible*
  • Compatible with cold-fill and pasteurization processes up to 82°C but not for retort
  • Inks do not react when indoors next to a closed window or under supermarket lighting (D65 / TL85 bulbs)

*For all our design guidelines for this special finish and available colors visit the Ball print guidelines portal

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