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There are a number of workable security features and techniques available to prevent counterfeiting. Most of the problems encountered on thermal and hard tickets are due to colour copying. Please consult your Canada Tickets Account Representative to see which features / techniques are available for your application.

Thermal Paper Friction Test

A scratch across the face of a thermal ticket, will produce a black streak. Thermal ticket stock, run through a colour laser printer, will also turn black.

Fluorescent Inks

Cannot be reproduced as most colour printers & copiers use a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow & black for printing, none of which contain fluorescents.

Clearcoat Varnish

Cannot be reproduced as the ink itself is clear and will not be picked up by a copier. This feature is similar to a watermark and can be seen if tilted into the light.

Black Light Ink

This is very similar to the clearcoat varnish in that it is a clear ink and cannot be reproduced in a copier. In addition, it has special additives that enable it to glow with the use of a black light. This is very similar to the techniques used on currency.

Coin Reactive Ink

This ink is very similar to the clearcoat varnish in that it is a clear ink and cannot be reproduced in a copier. This ink has special additives that produce a specific printed image, when rubbed with a coin or metal object.

Thermochromic Ink

This is a light coloured ink that, when touched, will disappear with the heat generated by your hands. If your hands are too cold to activate this ink, any friction such as rubbing the surface lightly, will achieve the required effect. Once the heat or friction is removed, and the area cools down, the image/ink will reappear.

Void Screens

Void Screens use a combination of screen angles to allow a hidden security word within a design. When the ticket is copied, the security word should become visible. This feature can be incorporated into the design at no additional charge but as copier/scanner technology improves, this feature may be compromised.


This is very small “printed” text that should produce an indistinguishable blurred line when copied.


Bar-coding is another option that can contain specifics that read electronically. If you do not use a bar-code system, this feature can still be used as a determent.


Whether it be random or sequential, this feature can be numerical or can contain alpha characters. Numbers are typically printed in black ink however red ink is available upon request. For red numbers, please call to confirm there are no limitations to your requirements.

Security Perforation / Die-cutting

A “unique” feature that can be “cut” into the ticket, similar to a perforation. This can be a specific shape or design, that would necessitate the purchase of a custom die.

Holographic, Diffraction, Metallic & Scratch Foils

These are amongst the high end, but costly, security features. The design is usually a repeating image or pattern that cannot be reproduced by a copier.

For the Metallic Foils, copiers are not capable of reproducing the foil colour. Foil applications require the purchase of a hot-stamp die. Custom foil designs can be produced but are very expensive to do so.

** Foils should not be imaged overtop by thermal printers as this can potentially damage the print-head.

Safety Centred Stocks

This paper has colour sandwiched within the stock, revealing itself when the ticket is torn. This option would require a minimum purchase. Please call for further details to see if your order would fall within the minimum requirements.

Weather Resistant / Synthetic Stocks

Waterproof stocks derived from synthetics. This material is plastic-like in nature and is more expensive than regular thermal paper stock.

Here is the complete listing of features and descriptions in PDF format: Security Features.pdf

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