Pad Print - Precision and Versatility

Pad printing is a versatile and efficient method for applying intricate designs and logos to various merchandise. This process uses a silicone pad to transfer ink from an etched plate onto the product’s surface, accommodating different shapes and textures. Ideal for promotional items like pens, keychains, and electronic gadgets, pad printing ensures crisp, durable prints with vibrant colors. Its ability to handle fine details makes it a popular choice for branding and customization, providing high-quality results on a wide range of materials.

Art Specs

For those of you who love the detail, here it is.

  • Ideal for printing on curved or uneven products.
  • Prints sharp, clean images with detail as fine as 0.4mm, minimum text size is 5pt.
  • Close PMS matches are possible on white or light-coloured products.
  • Metallic gold and silver ink are available.
  • Can offer a white under base for the darker products that require it.
  • Many products can print up to 6 colours with tight multi-colour registration.


  • Halftones cannot be consistently reproduced.
  • Unable to print variable data such as individual naming.
  • Close PMS matches are more difficult on darker products and will only be approximate. In these instances, a white base will create a better print.
  • Some pad print inks require a curing period before the product can be shipped.
  • Each colour requires its own setup charge.
  • Neon/fluorescent colours are not available.

Vector file formats: .eps, .ai, .cdr
Bitmap file formats: .psd, .png
All bitmap images must be over 300dpi.

  • Artwork must be supplied in a vector editable format.
  • Fonts are advised to be converted to outlines/objects to avoid font conflicts.
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