- What is dye sublimation (dye-sub)?
- What is the difference between Full Color and
- What's the difference between hard plastic (Lexanr)
top and soft or cloth top?
- Is there a minimum order?
- What if I want to make less than the minimum?
What is dye sublimation (dye-sub)?
Dye sublimation is the process that helps mousepads achieve the
best possible resolution in printing. The process is the following:
The graphics you send is digitized (or already in digital form),
then film and plates are made from the graphics. The plates are
mounted on an offset printing press (process is much like a catalog
is being printed), then using sublimation inks, the graphics is
printed on the paper. Once printed, the graphics is transferred
to the top surface of the mousepad. The end result is a very close
reproduction of the graphics on a cloth surface.
What is the difference between Full Color
and Solid Color?
Full color is much like a picture where you shades of continous
color, while the solid color mousepads would be like the colors
on a business card where the name is in one color, the logo another
and the address might be another. These are solid Pantone r PMS
What's the difference between hard plastic
(Lexanr) top and soft or cloth top?
The hard plastic top is easier to clean and it is better if you
are trying to print graphics with a (close to) photographic reproduction
or tiny print and thin lines. The cloth top mousepads have been
the more traditional choice with lower cost associated with them.
With Dye sublimation we can get a close photo reproduction but
of course it is not like printing on paper (as in the Lexanr top
pads), THe ink gets absorbed by the cloth so fine detail is better
achieve with the hard top.
Is there a minimum order?
Our minimums are 250 pieces on most mousepads, because there
is film to be made and plates to be manufactured for each order
and the cost is high enough that it will not make it very affordable
to make less than 250 pieces. Frame pad has a higher minimum,
and blank pads have a minimum of 25 pieces. Your alternative is
to buy the "Make your own"
What if I want to make less than the minimum?
You can buy the "Make your own"
Kits in as little as 5 piece increments. There is a cloth top
kit that comes with the blank pads, transfer paper and instructions.
You basically print your graphics on an inkjet printer (in mirrored
format) and then transfer it onto the mousepad using an Iron.
This is very similar to the Iron-On T-Shirt process.
The hard top version of the make
your own, lets you put two 4x6 pictures (or 8"x6" printed
graphics) and make a mousepad out of it. The results are very
professional because you get the clear plastic with a peel off
adhesive already on the back side, as well as the bottom rubber
with a peel off adhesive. You just supply the graphics (either
printed on paper or ready made photos) and peel off the lining,
position and stick. The end result is a very professional mousepad
with a hard top.
- Wat is a Cloth (Soft) Top Pad?
- What's a Lexan top (Hard Top)
- What's a Flip Top?
- What's a Biz Pad?
- What is a CD-Pad?
- What's a notepaper pad?
- What's a Make your own?
Wat is a Cloth (Soft) Top Pad?
This is the most traditional of mousepads, however the hard surface
pads are closing in fast. It is the most economical mousepad.
Pictures can be reproduced on it in fairly high resolution.
What's a Lexan top (Hard Top)
Hard surface which makes it impossible to get the graphics dirty.
The top surface is easy to clean with a damp cloth, there is no
lint to contend with. Also it prints in the highest resolution
because it is printed on paper and sandwiched between the clear
plastic and the rubber.
What's a Flip Top?
Flip top pads have a 1.5" top part that is glued, the rest of
the top surface is free to be lifted up to allow inserts to be
plced for viewing through the top surface. A good application
for this is reference information such as pricing, shortcut cheat
sheets, or the pictures. etc.
What's a Biz Pad?
The Biz Pad is the same as the Flip Top with the exception that
it has a small pouch area on top where a business card can slide
in. A great application for Real Estate brokerages where the brokerage
can print the mousepads with the company name and the agents can
give them away placing their cards for personalization. Same thing
can apply to car dealerships, etc. Anywhere personalization is
What is a CD-Pad?
CD-Pad is great for companies that want to distribute a CD with
the mousepad, wether it's a demo CD or the software you distribute.
One of the advantages is the fact that you will not need to pay
for additional packaging such as Jewelcase or Envelopes. It is
a novelty that appeals to the user, so they tend to keep it longer.
What's a notepaper pad?
This is a mousepad that is like a Note Paper Pad, but it is glues
on two sides so it doesn't move as easily. It is meant to give
you a surface that you can use to write on and once the page is
full, it is torn off and a new page comes through.
What's a Make your own?
The "Make Your Own" mousepad is primarily for those that are
not ready to make 250 pieces. It is available in 5, 15, 50, 100
piece and other larger piece increments. We have two types of
"Make Your Own" Soft top and Hard top.
- The soft top kit includes Blank Mousepads, transfer paper
and can be made by the user by printing ton the transfer paper
using an inkjet printer and then Ironing the graphics on, much
like an Iron-On T-Shirt is made.
- The Hard top Kit includes the clear plastic with the peel
off adhesive backing and the bottom rubber piece with the feel
off top, so the user can just put the printout or just regular
4"x6" photographs and make a mousepad.
and Art related FAQs
- How do I submit Artwork?
- How do I place an order?
- What software do you have?
- What resolution do the graphics need to be?
- What size should the background be?
- What ready or stock art do you have that we
can use by just putting our logo or company name?
How do I submit Artwork?
You can submit art in 3 ways:
- You can use our upload page
- You can use your favorite FTP program and login anonymously
(username "Anonymous" and Password Your email address) but be
sure to email us to let us know you FTP-ed a file.
- You can email us the file (recommended only if it's 1 megabyte
- Finally, you can send us the file on a CD or Zip disk.
How do I place an order?
You can place the order by filling out an order form "Click
here". Once we receive your order, we will generate an invoice
with approximate shipping and forward it to you. You will make
payment for 50% and we will start the process. Once we are ready
to ship, you will make the payment for the balance and you will
receive the mousepads.
What software do you have?
We can use your file if you are using, Quark Express, Adobe Illustrator
or Photoshop on the Mac. and Corel Draw (Saved as Ver 8) on the
PC. If all else fails, We can always use a TIFF file.
What resolution do the graphics need to
Any scanned in images should be 300+DPI. We can print using graphics
as low as 72DPI (Web Graphics) but the graphics will look pixelized
and you might not like the results.
What size should the background be?
We need to have 1/8" bleed all around. This means you should
have the background go 1/8" beyond what you want to show up on
the mousepad, so a 7"x8.75" mousepad will have graphics 7.25"x9"
to include the bleed. Also it is a good idea not to have text
closer than 1/4" to the edge, this will look like the text is
falling off the pad, it just won't look professional.
What ready or stock art do you have that
we can use by just putting our logo or company name?
Check our Pre-Made Art section, you will find a wide variety
of stock art you can specify for us to use by just putting your
information on it. The only charge is $45 for putting it together.