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Color Ribbons

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Authentys PRO RT1 Retransfer Card Printer Color Ribbon – the essential companion for your printing needs. Crafted with precision and innovation, this color ribbon sets a new standard for high-quality, vibrant card printing solutions. Authentys color ribbons are used for printing a combination of full-color images and one-color text or barcodes. Find your Authentys color ribbon today in one convenient stop, and Save today with our guaranteed lowest prices and FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $100.


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How Do I Know Which Color Ribbon to Use in My Authentys Printer?

There are two ways to find manufacturer-approved Authentys color ribbons for your specific printer model.

  1. Use the Printer Supplies Finder at the top of this page. To quickly and easily find color ribbons for your Authentys ID card printer, simply select your Authentys printer model! It’s a great tool to bookmark for future ordering!
  2. Use the "Narrow Your Results By" options in the left column to drill down by printer model, ribbon type, and more!

As always, if you have any difficulty finding the Authentys color ribbon you need, you can also call an ID Professional at (800) 321-4405 x2.

What is the Difference Between YMCKO and YMCKOK Ribbons?

YMCKO vs. YMCKOK Card Samples

Authentys ID card printers use color ribbons that are sectioned into a number of panels. The panel types vary and can be a little confusing if you’re not aware of the different types. The ribbon panels are represented by letters, most commonly including:

  • Y = Yellow dye sublimation panel
  • M = Magenta dye sublimation panel
  • C = Cyan dye sublimation panel
  • K = Black resin panel for printing crisp text and barcodes
  • O = Overlay panel to protect the cards and delay fading

Two of the most common types of ribbons used in a Zebra direct-to-card printer are YMCKO and YMCKOK. What's the difference? Authentys YMCKO ribbons print in full color (YMC) and resin black (K) on the front of the card with an overlay (O) to protect the card. If you are using a dual-sided printer, you may print in YMCKO on both sides of the card. Authentys YMCKOK ribbons, on the other hand, are designed for use in dual-sided printers. They print in full color and resin black on the front of the card with an overlay, plus have an extra K panel for printing in black on the back of cards.

The ribbon that best suits your needs will depend on your printer model, what you’ll be printing on your cards, and how your cards will be used. If you need assistance finding the right Authentys color ribbon, call an ID Professional at (800) 321-4405 x2.

What is a Half Panel Ribbon?

Depending on your card printing application, you may be able to get more with half. That is, half panel ribbon for your Authentys printer can save you money!

Authentys half panel color ribbons include half-size color panels, for printing full-color images on up to half the card surface. Specifically, Authentys half panel ribbons consists of yellow (Y), magenta (M) and cyan (C) panels that are half the size of the standard YMC ribbon panels, while the black resin (K) and overlay (O) panels are full-size panels.

Half panel ribbons offer a higher card yield per ribbon and a lower cost per printed card. Half panel color ribbons are ideal for cards that feature a full-color picture and some black resin text or a barcode, such as student ID cards or employee ID cards. See the P330i color ribbon example and sample cards below (based on retail price):

Half Panel
Part Number 800015-540 800015-440
Retail Price $85.00 $130.00
Prints Per Ribbon 200 450
Cost (at MSRP) 43¢ per card

29¢ per card

Standard YMCKO Ribbon vs. Half-Panel YMCKO Ribbon

The color panels in half panel ribbons are shorter than standard ribbon panels, resulting in a higher card yield per ribbon and a lower cost per card.