I am not sure if this is the best place to post this but it seems like the best from what i've found. I need to print stickers for identifying my company assets and I'd like to put security features on them like this:enter image description here

My printer can't print it clearly, so I'm looking for one that can. Any help will be much appreciated :) Thanks

  • Hi default, Welcome to Graphic Design.
    – Stan
    Nov 1 '19 at 17:17
  • errr.. stickers can be removed. -- What benefit do you see to having a sticker with security features? It seems to me using a sticker would directly work against any security.
    – Scott
    Nov 1 '19 at 17:46
  • @Scott security stickers exist
    – joojaa
    Nov 1 '19 at 17:49
  • I realize that. But in general they are exceptionally cost prohibitive for anyone but major corporations. And they aren't traditionally used as "identifiers". Most often they are used as tamper evidence. In which case, I'm sure you could outright purchase some security stickers rather than manufacturing them yourself.
    – Scott
    Nov 1 '19 at 17:54
  • Surely security stickers aren't as expensive as home printer ink at 80% page coverage, which is what that image looks like it would require.
    – 13ruce
    Nov 1 '19 at 20:18

It's not the printer that will make the difference; but, the printing process.

The finest detail printing process is gravure.

The most difficult image to reproduce is a hologram.

The most difficult pattern to reproduce is the Euro currency "Eurion" pattern since scanners have been programmed to ignore the pattern.

The most difficult colours to reproduce are metallic inks.

Use any of these in combination to discourage counterfeit copies of your work.

  • Iridescent inks I would say, they are different than just metallic inks.
    – Rafael
    Nov 1 '19 at 22:33
  • @Rafael Yes. Add it to the list. There must be others too such as metameric pair failures, unique/scarce materials, processes, etc. Thanx.
    – Stan
    Nov 2 '19 at 3:54

If you can buy a normal printer that can print this, anyone can.

A "security" measure should be at least expensive to make in a short run. This is if you are a company you could let's say, spend 1000 dollars to print 2000 copies of your "security" paper. It will cost you 50 cents each.

For a random person to try to forge it for one or 10 copies, it will cost 1000 or 100 dollars each, which could dissuade them to do it.

Using a digital printer to print it directly makes you be able to print just one... so it is not a good strategy.

For example, some hologram manufacturers have strict control on who's logo they make a run of stickers, so no one can come and claim they want a random logo made. Making holograms needs expensive and specialized equipment, so only serious companies do it, so it is harder to forge unless it is an organized crime endeavor.

Try at least to print a base of your background on a different system than an inkjet printer. Sheeted offset is the cheapest one, but still one option.

I am going to steal Wolff's comment.

In order to print sharper as your printer can, make the image in vectors and force the colors to print just one color.

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