Subsurface Printing - What is subsurface printing?
This is when the bottom side of a transparent face material is printed; the adhesive layer is applied to the printed surface, which traps the print between the face material and the adhesive. This is useful for creating long life, durable pre-printed transparent labels as the print is protected from damage caused by environmental factors (such as humidity and exposure to light) and abrasion damage if the label surface is scratched.
It can also be used to create a more opaque print (by printing the same thing on the top and bottom surfaces), to print a background for the text or image that is printed on the top surface, or to create a 3D or layered effect. Subsurface printing often involves mirror printing, so that the text or image appears the correct way round when viewed through the transparent face material. This form of printing can only be done during the manufacturing process, meaning it is only suitable for pre-printed labels.Go Back to Glossary