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A master security hologram is the best of what can be produced in hologram production, it is our flagship. Security holograms offer unlimited options in graphic design, high resolution allowing to record the finest lines and texts and, above all, they are very difficult (or virtually impossible) to counterfeit. In the design, you are not limited in the number of layers applied, colour transitions, kinetic (floating) effects and other elements. As a rule, security holograms are found on the top luxury goods and on goods that need to be protected against counterfeit (medicaments, cosmetics). Compared to single- and two-layered labels, security holograms are significantly more expensive due to substantially higher technological and financial requirements on the production of stamping masters. 

A hologram master is the template stamped into the metallic foil; it is a polished zinc sheet with countless microscopic embossed peaks and valleys creating the designed pattern during stamping. The price of a master is always defined on a case-by-case basis as it depends on the size of one hologram label and their number in a stamping template.

When producing the master, the final graphic design of a hologram is transformed into 256 shades of grey, not just 1 or 2 as it is the case for single- and two-layered holograms; each shade of grey represents a different hologram layer – a layer that will become visible at a specific observation angle. It is the transition between the shades of grey that will provide the graphic element animation effect. All the texts or logos may be situated at different areas of the label in different shades of grey so they will show or disappear at these areas at different observation angles thus creating the animation effect. The graphic design may be produced in colour; we will convert it to grey in the manufacturing process.


The maximum size of the hologram that can be made is 100x100mm.


Hologram foil colour 
Holograms are printed on aluminium foils of various colours. Silver is the basic and most frequently used colour that makes the hologram very noticeable reflecting all colours of the colour spectrum. The second most frequently used foil is golden. The hologram rainbow effect is less pronounced on golden foil as the blue in the reflection is missing; on the other hand, golden colour comes on as more luxurious. These two foil colours are the basic ones and are provided for the same price. A hologram can be produced in any other foil colour for a fee of at least 40 %. The most luxurious but also the most costly is the black foil hologram (extra fee of 160 % plus).


Label shape 
We are able to produce hologram labels in any shape. Square, rectangular, round and oval are the basic ones requiring no specific or custom-made stamping dies to be produced. If you want to have a label in your own shape (such as the shape of your logo), expect an extra charge to cover the production of the stamping die. In case of square and rectangular holograms, the corners must be rounded with a radius of at least 0.5 mm for a correct cut-out.


Hologram numbering 
Upon request, all labels produced may be numbered providing another level of security. Numbers may be printed by laser or thermal transfer printing. Laser numbering is the most advanced technique as the numbers are virtually burnt into the aluminium foil making the hologram transparent at the area of the number – this process is virtually impossible to counterfeit. There is no difference in price for both options.
 

 

hologram-numbering
Glue
Standard glue is suitable for smooth surfaces such as glass, smooth plastic and metal. Strong glue is stronger, has higher substance density and holds labels on structured and grainy surfaces – such as metallic and plastic vehicle frames.


Security layer (tamper evident)
Holograms may be produced with a security layer that destroys the hologram when tampered with. As a standard, we produce holograms with basic non-controlled destruction option where most of the aluminium hologram layer remains on the surface and the other part of the label remains on the transparent protection foil when the label is peeled off. The hologram without its protection layer is not abrasion-proof and will get rubbed off soon.

Subject to an extra fee, the label tamper-evident destruction option may also be controlled thanks to a selective placement of the glue:




Standard security – non-controlled destruction of the label when tampered with – see above 
VOID – destruction of the label leaving a VOID pattern on the surface. The negative image remains on the label. 
Honeycomb – a honeycomb pattern remains on the surface while the negative image stays on the label 
Squares (chessboard)– a checkered pattern remains on the surface and the negative image stays on the label 
No security – see above

For those who prefer peel-off labels, we offer the option of no security which may come handy when labels are used directly on final products and it is desirable that the client removes the hologram without destroying the product.


Hologram printing
For an extra charge, we also offer additional printing on hologram labels with any graphic design. We create a “mask” that covers the hologram which then works in the background. 



 
Color Silver, Gold, Transparent, Custom (40%+)
Shape Square, Rectangle, Circle, Oval, Custom
Numbering None, Thermotransfer numbering, Laser numbering
Glue Standard, Stronger
Security layer (tamper evident) Standard destruction - destruction of stickers by peeling them off, VOID - destruction and leaving the VOID pattern on the surface, Squares - destruction and leaving a chessboard pattern on the surface, Honeycomb - destruction and leaving a pattern of honeycomb on the surface, No security - detachable without destroying the sticker
Hologram printing (thermal transfer / screen printing) No, Yes
Weight 0.00001 kg

Graphic design

Do you want to provide your own graphic design for holograms? Not difficult at all. Holograms are manufactured based on vector file data (lines) provided in the following formats - *.ai .cdr .eps .pdf. We prefer data in Adobe Illustrator (.ai) or Corel Draw (.cdr).

The master hologram design is virtually unlimited in terms of colours used. Each colour represents one layer of the hologram and data in different colours may overlap. A very interesting rainbow effect on the final hologram is created with colour transitions. The more colours you use in the design, the livelier the master hologram is. You can also create kinetic image effects that make the hologram graphics move when inclined.




The design must be provided with a crop line - pre-defined trim marks (in red or magenta, max. thickness of 0.15 pt); if the graphic data touch the crop line, they must overlap by at least 2 mm (catchment area) as it is impossible to manufacture and cut out a hologram without a minimum deviation. In terms of shapes, holograms cannot be cut with too sharp edges – the corner radius of any square or rectangular stickers must be 0.5 mm at least. Do not create any trim marks (just crop line) and if you use any font in your design, it must be transformed into a curve (non-modifiable font) or it could be substituted.

 

Master hologram manufacturing chart


A1) Serial numbers
It is possible to number each security hologram for an extra charge, using either laser or thermal transfer print. Laser printed numbers are printed in the aluminium carrier foil as transparent areas so the underlying layer under the sticker remains visible. This process is very difficult to counterfeit. In thermal transfer printing, serial numbers are printed in ink on the top protective foil of the sticker.

A2) Hologram printing 
We can also print in colour on hologram stickers (screen or thermal transfer printing). Hence, you can have your logo printed on the protective foil of the hologram covering its part (mask). You can pick any colour, no colour transitions though.

B) Master hologram
Hologram graphic design.

C) Metallic carrier foil 
The metallic carrier foil the hologram itself is stamped into can be executed in many colours with the basic ones being silver and gold. The holographic effect is best shown on silver foil; other foil colours (including golden) do not provide such a pronounced holographic effect. The hologram can be produced in virtually any colour – even in colours that are not included in the offer (upon enquiry).

D) security layer - Tamper Evident (VOID)
For an additional fee, the hologram may further be protected with a Tamper Evident Protection. The glue is applied on the label selectively in order to ensure a controlled (pre-defined) destruction if tampered with. You can choose from a standard VOID destruction where the repetitive VOID (or a checkered/honeycomb) pattern of the hologram’s metallic foil remains on the surface. The negative part of the hologram foil remains visible on the top transparent protective layer of the hologram and it is clearly visible that the sticker was tampered with when re-stuck. If you decide not to opt for the VOID layer, your holograms will be equipped with standard non-controlled protection that will keep a part of the hologram (based on its adhesive quality) on the surface while the protective layer is peeled off; in such a case, the remaining part of the hologram without the protective layer is rubbed off easily. We can also produce the labels without any protection at all which is convenient especially for those products where the label should be completely removed before use – glasses, containers, clothes and similar.





E) Glue
We offer two types of glue – a standard glue suitable for all smooth and de-greased surfaces such as paper, glass or flat surfaces or strong glue that holds security holograms even on roughened surfaces such as rough plastic or powder coated (comaxit) surfaces.

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Orientative price:
1000 pcs 1403 € 1159 € without VAT
2000 pcs 1459 € 1206 € without VAT
3000 pcs 1504 € 1243 € without VAT
5000 pcs 1571 € 1298 € without VAT
10000 pcs 1683 € 1391 € without VAT
50000 pcs 2132 € 1762 € without VAT
100000 pcs 2805 € 2319 € without VAT
200000 pcs 5162 € 4266 € without VAT
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