Edge-to-Edge Printing vs. Over-the-Edge Printing
What is edge-to-edge printing?
- Edge-to-edge printing is a common print style with direct-to-card ID card printers.
- It leaves a slim border around the surface of your printed ID card.
- The border isn't printed; rather it's a small area of the card to which no print was applied.
- It is generally more affordable.
- Cards with a white border tend to look a little less professional than their border-free counterparts.
What is over-the-edge printing?
- This print method is available on reverse-transfer printers, also known as retransfer printers.
- It leaves no visible border around the edges of your printed ID card.
- The film fuses to the entire surface of the card, leaving no border.
- It is a more expensive option, but it produces a higher-quality, more professional ID card.
Now that you know the difference between edge-to-edge printing and over-the-edge printing, it's time to get yourself a new machine!