Custom Holograms for ID Security - Choosing the Right Ribbon Material

by ID Card Group 15. October 2012 08:01

After deciding upon the type of image you want to use for your custom hologram, the next step is choosing the right ribbon material for your needs.Custom hologram overlaminate ribbon and films

There are two types of overlaminate ribbon material - varnish overlay and laminate.

1.  Varnish Overlay Ribbon - Minimal Tamper Resistance

A varnish overlay ribbon is a continuous ribbon that applies a thin layer to the card (about 4 microns), edge-to-edge.

Varnish overlays are recommended for applications requiring a low durability (up to 2 year lifespan) and a minimal tamper resistance.

2.  Laminate Ribbon - High Tamper Resistance

A laminate ribbon is made up of patches and is available in thicknesses of 0.6mil (15 microns) and 1.0mil (25 microns). It is important to note that the patches do not cover the entire card surface.

Laminate ribbon patches are recommended for applications requiring a medium to high durability (from 3 to 7 year lifespan) and high tamper resistance.

Comparing Varnish Overlays to Laminate Overlays


Ribbon Ribbon Type Durability Tamper Resistance
Varnish Overlay Continuous  Low  Minimal
Laminate Patches Med - High High

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Source: Evolis Card Printer Custom Hologram Guide, August 2012


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