Custom Printed Pins

Are you looking for rush printed lapel pins?

Custom printed pins are made by printing a logo directly onto a pin without the need for fine metal lines around the colors. Printing offers a design to be created using full-color logo reproduction. 

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Printed Pins

Custom printed lapel pins come in three styles. Screen printed, CMYK and photo dome pins. We can print your design all the way to the edge of a pin, or a metal edge can be added that borders your design. We coat each pin with a thin epoxy coating to ensure its durability and provide a beautiful finish. This style can be made in any shape or size and can also match any Pantone color.

We Manufacture Offset & Screen Printed Pins

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  • CMYK: Also called four-color process or offset printed pins, and are produced by printing your custom design digitally onto an adhesive label. Then each label is individually placed on the metal backing, leaving a border when required, then a clear epoxy dome is added to protect the label from scratching and fading. A CMYK image can be added on top of any of our enameled styles as a photo insert, at extra cost. An epoxy coating is added to protect it.
  • Screen printing: Solid areas of PMS colors are laid down over a metal surface where needed. Sometimes metal areas are left exposed as part of the design. Epoxy coating is added for protection.
  • Photo dome: Photo dome pins are created by taking an actual photo and printing it onto a label via our CMYK process. They are finished by adding a clear, flexible label, making them a bit thicker than our standard styles.

Printed pins are made from two similar but distinct processes called offset printing and screen printing. The difference between offset and screening is in the complexity of the imagery being made into a lapel pin. For complex images and photography, the process of offset printing is used, capturing the same quality of detail found in photos. For simple and solid color blocks, silk screen printing is sufficient.

CMYK is a color model used in printing, standing for the four colors used integrally to the process: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key. CMYK is a style of lapel pin in which high color resolution and detail is achieved by this process. To preserve the quality of color made with CMYK printing, an enamel finish is often used, leaving a glossy finish.

Photo dome pins are some of the quickest and least expensive style to manufacture. Made by printing a full photo or design through the CMYK color printing process, they don’t require metal detail, textured finishes, or raised and recessed areas to stand out.


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Have a photo to reproduce? Printed pins are the perfect style to use!

Can a photograph be added to a pin?
Absolutely. Our printed pins are perfect for this, making them especially popular with children’s sports leagues, as personalized images can be used to make commemorative pins for specific teams. Photographs of children’s artwork can be made into a custom pin to share with family and friends as treasured memories.

Why should I choose this style?
It depends on your project, but printed pins are great for several reasons.  They are also a good choice if you don’t have time to design a more elaborate style. This is great style if you are looking for a lightweight pin to be used on a hat or an adhesive backed full-color emblem.

Looking for full-color pins?

The Monterey Company offers full-color custom printed pins, also known as offset printing. They are made the same way you would print a magazine in full color but on a much smaller scale. With this style, no metal lines are needed to separate colors. If you have a design or logo needing to be reproduced exactly, then this style is the answer.

 Offset Printed Pins

Photographic pins are made by printing or applying a photograph directly to the die stamped pin shape. One method to offset print a pin is by attaching the design by adhesive, then adding a layer of epoxy. Another way is to direct print or screen print a design onto the pin blank and then adding a layer of epoxy for protection.

Photo Reproduction and Lightweight!

Four Color Process: They are made in the same a magazine might be made. This method allows colors to have a graduated color bleed together in order to create a full-color design. Available colors for the offset printing are limitless. Full Color can easily be rushed and they are lightweight. This a perfect style for trading as they can be created in custom shapes.

Screen Printed Pins vs Offset Printed Pins

The difference between a standard lapel pin and an offset printed pin is color. Logo colors are added one at a time on a printed pin style. Offset printing has no limits, logos can have an unlimited amount of colors. Both styles can be made in days and they are the fastest pin style made.

This is the Best Style if You Have a Photo Design

Why Should You Order From The Monterey Company?

Because our printed pins not only are made from the best quality metals and they are made with the highest resolution printing you can find. We provide free design and artwork and have low minimums. We have uber fast production times and top-notch customer service.

Ready to order? Step one is to contact us and we will provide you with a quote and we will also create a proof for your approval! Feel free to give us a call to go over your design.

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