Genuine watermarks are the most secure type of watermark available. Embedded in the fibers of the paper using a combination of raised, shadow and multi-tone effects, our genuine watermarks are virtually impossible to recreate using even the most advanced color copiers and scanners on the market today.
Our paper can be treated to enhance the retention of toner fluid during laser printing. When the heat from the laser printer is applied to the paper, a chemical reaction occurs which fuses the toner with the paper. This protects against attempts to alter the document by making it extremely difficult to scrape off printed data.
The paper we use is treated to be sensitized to chemical agents that are typically used to forge or alter documents. When chemicals such as oxidants, solvents, alcohol or acid/base solutions are used, the paper will produce noticeable stains that will instantly alert officials to attempted alteration of the document.
During the manufacturing process, colored fibers are imbedded into the paper. They serve as an authentication feature because they are not easily replicated. They come in different colors, including fluorescent or invisible fibers that can only be seen with the use of an ultraviolet light.
A line of continuous, repeated text is engraved as part of the border of the document. This micro-line is only legible using a magnifying glass. If the document is scanned or photocopied, it appears as a straight, blurred line.
Hidden messages (such as the words void or copy) are printed as part of the background of the document. They are printed in a way that they are not visible on the original document. When the document is photocopied or scanned, the message will appear indicating that this is not an original document.
Under normal lighting conditions, this ink is invisible. When an ultraviolet (black light) is used, the ink provides a strong visual image. The inks are available in multiple colors and are virtually impossible to duplicate using a color scanner or copier.
Holograms offer a quick, easy to identify security feature for any secure document. They are difficult to copy or scan and are extremely difficult and costly to reproduce. Holograms may also contain covert features, 3D effects and other movement changing properties that make them nearly impossible to reproduce.
By dividing the press' inking fountain by color, a background is created that represents varying colors which merge gradually from one to another. Color copiers and scanners have difficulty picking up these subtle shade migrations.
Letters, numbers, words or symbols can be incorporated into the engraved design of the document. By varying the line direction, thickness and depth of the engraving, images can appear hidden to the naked eye but appear when natural light hits them from a certain angle.