Printing & Design

SIM card printing magstripe

The final phases of card production, card graphic design and printing, play a pivotal role in the success of any card program. CardLogix is here to help issuers consider the many available options to inspire a customer to use the card as well as securely prevent unauthorized use.

The Touchpoint to the Customer

As the main touchpoint to a marketing program, a card billboards your brand and all its impact. For cards such as stored value and SIMs, customers frequently use their cards for access to essential value and services.

Subtle, Effective Security

In addition to chip-based measures, card security is strengthened with graphics that make the card difficult to duplicate. They are ideal for ID and secure access cards.

CardLogix Supports Customers

  • Working with your graphic designer or agency to achieve your card design and program goals
  • Providing consultation for your design for a turnkey solution

For our specific requirements and the fundamentals of card graphics preparation, personalization, and fulfillment options, please refer to our Graphic and Security Printing Guide.

Design Consultation

If you would like assistance with your graphic design or need help in deciding how to match the more complex options to your card security requirements, CardLogix has the in-house resources to get your project to market quickly. Collateral production and specialty card shapes are available through our Fulfillment services.

We have specialized software and tools that can make your card secure and distinctive. Our graphics team can provide unique card design solutions to allow you to focus on the many other areas of your card launch.

Card Substrate Options

We offer a wide variety of card body substrates to meet differing demands of each market. Our standard offering includes commercial grade PVC, precision identity grade PVC composites, government certified, and molded ABS card bodies.

Colored Interlayers

Colored interlayer ID card printing

Colored interlayers are layers of colored material sandwiched between two or more translucent layers of laminate that, when viewed on the proper plane, change the most prevalent color of the card to the color of the interlayer material. (Not shown on card.)

Primary Printing Technology

CardLogix utilizes a variety of technologies to give your program a card that is impactive. Our cards are typically printed with a litographic process in sheet form and then cut into finished stock. We can also screen print pearlescence, metallic, and UV inks. All litho presses are hooked up to UV curing units to ensure instant drying of the ink on the plastic sheets. We can print 175-line screens and routinely print guilloche patterns and micro-fine artwork on cards. Whether it is complicated 4-color printing with heavy reverses, bleed, or black ink on white plastic, we can do the job with the highest quality, precision and speed.

Secondary Printing Technology (Variable Image Printing)

After your card is manufactured, we also offer custom printing of serial numbers, barcodes, and other images (e.g. photo IDs or partner logos). This graphical information can be matched to data encoded into the card's semiconductor or magnetic stripe. We offer four methods of imaging&emdash;dye-sublimation, retransfer printing, inkjet printing, and laser engraving.

Security Printing Options

CardLogix offers a complete array of printing and on-card security features to round out any ID card program. Secure printing is the final, important step in producing a card that discourages and prevents unauthorized physical replication for fraudulent behavior. Smart cards can be authenticated through a card reader, using sophisticated encryption techniques. But all too often, an issuer fails to see that card graphics must be equally sophisticated to make card issuance totally secure.


Guilloche id card printing

Guilloche are complex geometric patterns that consist of numerous fine, interwoven lines. Because each pattern is uniquely generated, exact reproduction is nearly impossible.


Microprinting card printer

Microprinting (and nanometer imaging) is a printing technique that creates a faint line, composed of very fine text. This text is only clearly legible through a magnifying glass or microscope. It is impossible to reproduce using conventional scanners and desktop card printers.

Ultraviolet (UV) Ink

Ultraviolet (UV) inks in card printing

Ultraviolet inks are available in an array of colors. UV ink is invisible in normal light, but glows brightly when exposed to black light. UV ink can be used for any printed security feature on a card (graphics, text, etc.). (Viewable on CardLogix's sample Credentsys™ card).

Hidden Images

Hidden images in card printing

Hidden images are mathematically buried in the printed card and can be viewed with CardLogix's Card Validator™ Lens. Because of the fine detail used to generate the hidden images, they cannot be scanned, copied, or reproduced.

Color Shifting Ink

Color shifting ink in the card printing

Color shiifting ink, commonly seen on currency, gleams different colors as the viewing angle changes. The effect is impossible to reproduce with scanners and copiers. (Not shown on card.)

Please download our Security Design Options Product Information Sheet for a more comprehensive list of security features.