Printing on Leather

Get creative by printing on leather

Leather is a durable material that’s perfect for clothing, upholstery, gifts, phone cases, interior décor, furniture, sports equipment and much more besides.

Use a Roland VersaUV printer to push your creative boundaries and print colourful designs, text or logos directly onto leather, artificial leather materials like PU leather and leatherette and exciting new vegan-friendly leathers like Piñatex.
A big trend emerging is printing on shoes to make them individual to you
A big trend emerging is printing on shoes to make them individual to you

How to customise leather

Roland's innovative UV ink bonds with leather and similar materials to adopt its natural texture and flexibility, meaning prints won’t crack or peel.

This makes the ink technology perfect for customising fashion items like leather belts, shoes and jackets, turning everyday clothing into luxury, must-have products.

Discover more about printing onto leather and other exciting materials in our free UV guide.

Turn plain leather items like art portfolios into high-value personalised goods

Turn plain leather items into high-value, personalised goods

Leather-bound notebooks, diaries, art portfolios and other stationery items can be bought as blanks in bulk, ready for you to customise with colour on your Roland UV printer.

Add sophisticated graphics, text and logos for corporate customers or let your imagination run wild with colourful, creative designs for style-conscious individual customers.
Turn plain leather items like art portfolios into high-value personalised goods
Print stunning textures by building up layers of UV ink
Print stunning textures by building up layers of UV ink

Add texture and white ink to leather

With Roland UV printers, you have the option of printing white ink to make your prints stand out on dark leather. Print a base layer and overprint with CMYK to make colours pop or keep it white for crisp monochrome designs.

You can also print layers of clear gloss to build up real, tangible textures. With UV printing, you can take almost any material and give it the look and feel of leather, snake, lizard or crocodile skin. Have fun with colour too – how about a purple faux snakeskin handbag?
Image credit: Visual Imprint, Australia customising leather items for the home

Access the luxury leather interiors market

Everyone wants a unique home or workplace, and Roland UV printers could help you access the lucrative market of bespoke interiors.

Be inspired by Visual Imprint, an Australian business that found a niche in the creative arts and interior décor sector by offering almost everything you can imagine for the home – including customised leather goods.

Whether real leather or faux, you can print onto material for sofas and vehicle upholstery, or directly onto small items like picture frames and cushion covers.
Image credit: Visual Imprint, Australia customising leather items for the home
VersaUV LEF-300 30" flatbed printer
VersaUV LEF-300 30" flatbed printer

Print leather giftware and corporate gifts

The giftware and corporate gifts market is exciting and profitable, with lots of opportunities to offer personalised leather products to your customers. Keyrings, photograph frames, wallets, phone cases, hip flasks, cushion covers and more can all be decorated in unique designs. And why not get inventive with luxury packaging? Imagine a bottle of fine whisky packaged in leather or faux leather. It's sure to make an impression.

Be inspired by UK-based business Oakdene Designswho use their Roland UV system to offer all kinds of bespoke and decorative products, including leather.

Sustainable leather printing

Leather has been used for thousands of years, but more and more people are seeking out animal-free alternatives such as PVC and polyurethane, or treated natural materials like coated paper and cotton fabric.

There are even amazing sustainable textiles made from cork and pineapple leaf fibre (Piñatex) being used for shoes, handbags and clothing.

As the sustainability movement continues, new innovations arrive on the market and customers' tastes change. Be prepared with technology that can handle it all: a VersaUV printer from Roland.

Add stylish decorative details to leather notebooks using UV printers and laser engravers

Beyond printing on leather

In addition to UV printing, you can add stylish decorative details to leather and leather-like products with Roland's laser technology. Roland LV series engravers use non-contact CO2 lasers to mark and engrave leather easily and safely, making them the perfect companion for VersaUV.

Alternatively, you can add stunning metallic details to leather business card holders, wallets, sunglasses cases and more with Roland LD series laser decorators. These safe, smart systems heat-transfer metallised foils onto leather for a luxury finish, fast.
Add stylish decorative details to leather notebooks using UV printers and laser engravers

Ideal technologies for customising leather

VersaUV LEF-12i

VersaUV LEF-12i benchtop UV printer

Our most compact benchtop UV printer, ideal for personalising small leather products.

VersaUV LEF2 Series

VersaUV LEF2 series benchtop UV printers

Our larger benchtop UV printers, ideal for personalising a wide range of leather products.

VersaUV S-Series belt

VersaUV S-Series
UV belt printers


Ultimate versatility in UV non-stop direct printing in stunning colour on large pieces or rolls of materials.

VersaUV S-Series flatbed

VersaUV S-Series
UV flatbed printers


This machine is ideal for volume-production of customised goods on a range of substrates.

LD laser decorators

LD laser decorators
LD-80 and LD-300

Add luxury metallic details to 3D leather items safely and easily with this compact device.

LV laser engraver series

LV laser engraver series
LV-180 and LV-290

Engrave designs on soft and hard materials – the perfect partner for VersaUV LEF.

 
Featuring 40 pages of valuable information, this guide includes:

• 100+ direct printing application ideas
• 30+ potential markets
• Materials compatible for UV direct printing
• Overview of the personalisation industry
• Introduction to Roland’s three VersaUV LEF benchtop printers
• Case stories, profit potential and so much more
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