Shown below are some security features that can be used
in the design of your document to aid in deterring forgery of that document.
The features can be used alone or several features can be layered to increase
the security on your document.
A pantograph is a screen that is printed
in the background of a document. It is usually printed in a lighter
color of ink and made up of a design that is hard to copy or scan. It
can also be custom designed using a company's name or logo.
Although it adds to the document's design, the main purpose of the pantograph
is to help make the document hard to duplicate by someone trying to
forge or alter the document. The newer scanners and copiers can now
duplicate pantographs so that it is hard to distinguish the copy from
the original. Other security features should be used along with a pantograph
screen to make the document more secure.
Void Pantograph Screen
This is a special pantograph screen
that has the word "VOID" hidden in the pantograph by the
use of special screens and background designs. When photocopied by
a color copier, the word "VOID" appears on the copied document.
The void feature makes it more difficult to duplicate than a standard
pantograph but with some of today's higher quality scanners and copiers,
the void pantograph can be duplicated and the "VOID" remains
Not all pantograph screens
or all ink colors work well when incorporating the "VOID"
feature. If the ink color is too light, the "Void"
will not appear when copied. Consult your vendor to see which
pantograph designs and ink colors will give you the best results.
ODTTM - Optical Deterrent Technology
ODTTM uses a patented security
screen that discourages attempts to duplicate secure documents on
copiers or scanners. It works in the same way that a void pantograph
works in that when photocopied, the word "VOID" appears.
The differences are that ODTTM works effectively when copied
by most any black and white copier, color copier or scanner, and it
does not have to be used with a pantograph background screen. Not
having to use a pantograph screen to hide the void in the background
allows for a cleaner looking document and allows for better legibility
on documents that are text intensive. The ODTTM technology
works well on checks, prescription blanks, transcripts, medical records,
wills and other documents needing that extra security applied to them.
The ODTTM technology
works best when using certain ink colors. Consult with your
vendor for which colors will work best.
Proprietary software can be purchased that can be interfaced with
Quark so that you end up having Quark files you are working with.
You can also purchase licensed negatives instead of using the software.
Microprinting is a line of text that
is so small that it appears as a solid or screened line. A low powered
magnifying glass is needed to verify that it is text. When photocopied
or scanned the microprint line of text fills in or plugs, if the line
was verified with a magnifying glass, it would reveal that the copied
document was a fraudulent document. The letters MP are printed
somewhere on the document to indicate that it contains microprinting.
This type of printing is usually used on the signature line of a check
but could be used in any type of document as a signature line, in
the border or anywhere a line is used on the document.
A border printed on the document that
indicates the security features being used on the document. Sometimes
the warning band will also explain how to detect certain features.
The band warns document handlers as to what features should be checked
to show authenticity of the document.
Backer Security Screen
The backer security screen is a screen
that is printed on the back of the check and contains the words "Original
Document". A light density screen is used, making it difficult
to duplicate when copied or scanned.
A hologram is an image that displays
a multi-dimensional image when a beam of light hits it at the right
angle. When turned at different angles, it will change colors or a
different image appears. The hologram is a very high security type
feature that is impossible to reproduce even by the advanced technology
of the copiers today. Also, it cannot be reproduce by traditional
printing techniques. Holograms can only be produced by very specialized,
expensive equipment. It makes it very difficult and expensive for
a counterfeiter to reproduce. This is why it is used as a high security
Holograms can be very expensive to use but there are different options
of what kind of hologram to use that can help lower the cost. A full
custom hologram would be the most expensive, ranging from $5000 to
$15,000, but would also provide the highest security. The next level
down from that would be a customized stock hologram where cost would
be much lower. The cost would depend on the type of customization
that was applied. The lowest level of security in a hologram would
be a stock hologram without customization. All of these types of holograms
provide extremely high security benefits. You would need to decide
what level best fits your needs according to the level of potential
loss you would incur if your document was duplicated.
Holograms are used on many different types of products
to show authenticity. Some of the products you will see holograms
used on are negotiable documents, certificates, legal documents, ID
and membership cards, concert and sporting event tickets and passes,
and credit cards. You will also see holograms used on the packaging
for products, such as compact discs, software, jewelry, cosmetics,
cologne, and sporting goods. You can see an example of a hologram
on Visa or Mastercard credit cards. For more details on holograms,
- Foil Stamping - Holograms.
Note: Contact your
supplier for help in determining if a hologram would be beneficial
to your product security and what level of hologram would
best fit your needs.
CodeSafeTM is a patent pending
technology that gives maximum security to your documents. A synthetic
D.N.A. molecular chemical code is incorporated into the document.
The chemical code's molecular make up is very rare and thus creates
a unique distinguishing feature, making reproduction of this feature
almost impossible. With special equipment in a forensic lab, this
molecular makeup can be decoded for exact verification of the document.
Visual identification of the code can be made by the use of a special
verification chemical, a black light or under a magnifying glass where
a unique debossed pattern can be detected.
High Resolution Graphics
High resolution graphics are graphic
images that contain very fine line details which makes them very difficult
to reproduce accurately on scanners and copiers. High resolution graphics
are used on logos, illustrations or in borders to help deter duplication
and forgery of the documents.
The padlock icon is printed on the face of negotiable
documents. This icon indicates that two or more security features
have been used on that document. An explanation of the features used
are printed on the back of the document in a padlock icon box.
Padlock Icon Box
on Back of Document
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