Graphic Overlays

Control Panel Graphic overlays provide a high quality finish for products, communicate messages, and act as the interface between people and products.

You will find graphic overlays on household appliance control panels such as your microwave oven or washing machine through to industrial applications such as building maintenance panels and electronic devices. Overlays are generally reverse-printed, in other words printed in reverse on the back of the overlay and viewed from the front through the clear overlay material. This means they provide excellent durability and are highly resistant to scratching and wear. They also present a significant product branding opportunity that should not be overlooked.

The prominence of graphic overlays and their importance to usability dictates that they should be of the absolute highest quality both in appearance and construction. Material selection is critical when developing a graphic overlay and with many years experience developing such products, Foster Graphics can advise the most suitable material for the application. Contact us today to discuss your requirements. Graphic Overlay


Graphic overlays and panels can be embossed to provide a more positive feel to the user of the panel. Embossing can also be used to accommodate tactile domes and further enhance the capability of the panel. An embossing block is constructed from magnesium and is used to press the overlay to form the required shape. A graphic overlay with embossed buttons may be subjected to severe localized flexing and stress over time, however by sourcing the absolute best quality materials graphic overlays produced by Foster Graphics are rated for many millions of key activations.

Clear Windows

Many graphic overlays and panels are used to cover and protect liquid crystal displays (LCD) or light emitting diodes (LEDS). It is often desirable to produce a clear window in the overlay so as to enhance the visibility of the underlying display. This can be achieved without the use of die-cutting or selective texturing using specialist screen printable products.


Correct selection of adhesive is vital and we can advise the best material to suit the application. Key factors to consider are temperature range, resistance to chemical and bond strength. We source adhesive only from well known international manufacturers such as Avery Dennison and 3M so we can be confident of performance even in very harsh conditions.

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