Your Guide To Custom Graphic Overlays

What is a custom graphic overlay?

Found everywhere from ATMs and remote controls, to equipment and electronics, graphic overlays serve as durable and effective instruction panels that allow users to interact with a product. Custom graphic overlays make up the outermost protective layer used to graphically brand a product and share operational information by defining the controls and displays.

The primary function of a custom graphic overlay is to protect the electrical switches and controls of an electronic product. However, this surface is also the face of your company for the end-user. It’s important to create a product that is simple to understand and use, while leaving a lasting impression of your brand.

The main purpose of printing a custom graphic overlay for your product are:

  • Protection: Putting a layer between the working environment and the controls.
  • Instruction: Giving the customer a clear understanding of the product’s functions.
  • Branding: Making your product stand out from the competition.

What materials should your custom graphic overlay use?

The materials used for your custom graphic overlay must be customizable, flexible and durable. When choosing a material, consider the longevity of your product and environment it is likely to be used in. The most common materials used in custom graphic overlays include:

  • Polycarbonate: Polycarbonate is ideal for graphic overlays due to its high impact resistance and the ability to deform the material. It is easy to work with and ideal for printing and texture requirements.
  • Polyester: Polyester is ideal for extreme environments. It is very durable and is commonly used in medical, scientific, and industrial spaces. Polyester is the best material for membrane switch graphic overlays due to its improved flexibility.
  • Acrylic: Acrylic is a clear or colored plastic that is scratch-resistant.

Custom Graphic Overlays From Impact Label

There are unlimited ways to customize your overlays and be creative while meeting all the product’s operational requirements. With top-of-the-line printing equipment and years of expertise, Impact Label is the best in custom graphic overlay design and printing. We provide tailored solutions for any industry. Learn how we can help your business make a lasting impact.