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Inside the Imprint Process: The Lowdown on Pad Printing [VIDEO]

By now, surely you’ve heard about Quality Logo Products®’ new informational video series, covering all the different imprinting processes that can be used to decorate your promo items. I don’t know about you, but where I’m sitting, it’s all people have been talking about lately!

Why, yes, I am sitting in the Quality Logo Products® offices. Why do you ask?

Anyway, last time, we gave you the scoop on screen printing. Today, we’re getting into the nitty gritty of pad printing! “Nitty gritty” might not be the right word for it, though. Those rubber pads that the manufacturers use actually look pretty smooth.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Best if you take a look at our video first!

Look at those rubber pads! (Wow, there’s something I never expected to say or write with an exclamation mark following it.) Imagine if the bouncer at your favorite bar busted out one of those every time you got your hand stamped at the door.

Pad printing isn’t just a simple, practical process; it’s also a versatile process, as you saw in the video. With rubber pads available in all shapes and sizes, pad printing is ideal for quickly and affordably transferring ink onto the surfaces of a number of products, including pens, sunglasses, and stress relievers.

But it’s certainly not the only imprinting process available, no, sir. We’ve still got plenty of other printing techniques to cover in our video series. After all, pad printing’s great, but part of what makes a promotional product awesome is choosing the right imprint method for the look you want. Debossing on your leather portfolios? A swanky choice! Embroidery on your jackets? It looks sew nice. (Sorry.) We have videos on those processes, along with heat press and digital printing, on their way in the weeks to follow.

So make sure to check back here on the Quality Logo Products® blog for the next entries in the series. Even better, head over to our YouTube channel, where you can see these and all the other helpful and hilarious videos our Media Team has produced. Don’t forget about us, though. It gets a little sad, writing about these imprint processes without any readers around. Probably makes my boss sad, too. Especially when he has to sign my paycheck.

Until next time!

Were there any parts of the pad printing process that you’d like to know more about? What else would you like to know about custom printing? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Bret Bonnet

    I’m never sad or have any regrets when signing your paycheck.

    Wait, I don’t actually physically sign anyone’s paycheck….


  2. Erin

    Another great video by our amazing media team! It’s awesome to see these techniques in action and it really helps to actually show customers the process that their custom orders go through to print artwork on the item. I’m often asked why there are additional setup charges when using multiple colors and why very detailed designs with different colors next to each other may not print well on an item. These videos are a great tool for explaining how each color is printed separately and requires its own “stamp” and how registration of a multi colored logo could be an issue if colors are too close.

    I never realized how many different pads there are to make sure the perfect shape and density is used for each item! I can’t imagine how much testing goes into each item to assure the best printing outcome is achieved.

  3. serenity

    I love you media guys!!! Your videos are like school house rock, they make learning FUN!! Great video on a mundane topic! I have been curious of this process myself. I used to do Graphic Design and screen printing and I was just wondering if the process was similar to the screen printing I used to do, or if it was completely different. This was actually a lot cooler than I had expected! I am a very tactile person and I want to touch one of those pad thingies! I know that’s weird, but I digress. Great post!

  4. Rondell Caraos

    Another great video from our Media Team! Great job! It is really nice to see this method of pad printing up close. I know I appreciated it and I’m sure my clients will too! It is such a cool way to imprint our items and it is nice that the our factories have it down to a science! Really impressive with all the different size pads. This video is a great tool to show how difficult it really is to imprint a multicolored imprint. I have to try to explain this at least once a day so it is nice to have a video so my clients could get a great visual and have a few laughs along the way. Thanks!

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