Back Pad printing technique Pad printing is an amazing printing process that allows 2D designs to be transferred onto 3D products, opening up a whole range of options. The design is etched onto an image plate and inked. The soft silicone pad picks up the inked design and transfers it onto a ceramic item such as a bowl or a plate. The design can be up to 3 colors. What a fascinating process! We love exploring the many techniques available at the factories we work with. Our Carnaval bowls are a good example of pad printing. And, of course, the greatest advantage of Pad Printing is affordability. Now the hand painted look that is so special is within everyone’s reach.