White Ink Made Simple

Does white ink have you seeing red? No problem! Wasatch SoftRIP's Auto-Generation feature provides a streamlined workflow for printing white ink.

Automatically Generate White Ink

Wasatch's white ink options make generating white effortless! Automatically control your white ink channel by printing an underlay, through a spot color, or by creating masks with the Wasatch Tracer. There is also a choke and spread option to control exactly where you want the white ink to print. And, an ink density slider to manage how much white ink you wish to have printed. These controls are located in the printer-specific properties menu. Click on the Help button in your printer properties menu for more information.


Creating a transparent background in your image is common when working with white ink workflows. Creating a file with a transparency is a simple solution to “knock out” portions of your image you don’t wish to print, especially for direct-to-garment printing. With Wasatch's preferences set properly, a transparent background will automatically be recognized and print accordingly. A file containing a transparent background used with Wasatch's Auto-Generation rules is an easy way to manage your white ink!

This PDF teaches you how to apply an Auto-Generation rule that works best for your workflow and how to create a spot color replacement in SoftRIP.

Spot Color Replacement

Creating a spot color for white ink can be done in a few simple steps in SoftRIP. Watch how a spot color is created in our Spot Color Replacement video.

Read this document on how to use Wasatch's Auto-Generation rules for spot colors.

Wasatch Tracer

This powerful and integrated feature makes generating white a snap! Watch a video of White Ink Auto-Generation with the Wasatch Tracer.

Wasatch Color Separation Rule

This feature is useful when printing to a black shirt for direct-to-garment printing. Selecting ‘White Ink on Black Substrate’ means black ink will not be printed and the black color of the shirt is used as the underlying surface. White ink will output as the first layer to be printed anywhere in your image where black ink would otherwise have printed. This option uses less ink and will help with the overall “feel” of the shirt. The outcome is a detailed, high-quality direct-to-garment image.

Creating a Custom Inkset

Wasatch makes it easy to create custom inksets that can be used with white ink workflows. This PDF gives you step-by-step instructions on creating a custom inkset.