Imitation Etch

Imitation etch is a special pad printing ink used for producing an etch-like effect on glass products.



  • Much more affordable than real etching.
  • Can brand curved or uneven products.
  • Produces a subtle finish with a higher perceived value that looks like etching.


  • Halftones cannot be consistently reproduced.
  • The size of branding areas is limited on curved surfaces.
  • Requires a curing period before the product can be shipped.
  • Unable to print variable data.

Artwork Requirements

  • Artwork must be supplied in a vector editable format.
  • Fonts are advised to be converted to outlines/objects to avoid font conflicts.
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