PRINT FINISHING

How to make your product special. The following are some suggested options.

GLOSS LAMINATION

This is similar to overall UV varnish, but instead of a varnish, the paper is coated with a very thin transparent shiny film. This is the most common since it gives results, which are more glossy and protective than overall UV without suffering from the cracking effect along the fold lines.

gloss lamination

MATTE LAMINATION

This is also very popular and is the same process as gloss laminating, but provides a matte finish. It gives a very matte finish without dulling ink vibrancy and is a good substitute where gloss is not suitable. For additional effect, spot UV can be applied to any area of the matte laminate to give a part shiny, part matte finish.

matte lamination

SPOT UV VARNISH

This is performed as a separate process and makes selected areas of the job a high gloss, the ‘spot areas’. UV varnish is only used to cover part of a printed page as this can be useful for drawing the eye to one area of the design.

It should not be used over fold or crease lines as the varnish can crack.

Spot UV Varnish

Foil Stamping

Foil stamping adds an attractive and elegant finish to make your product stand out and your brand more memorable. Popular products include: invitations, stationery, packaging, brochure covers, folders, and any bespoke products you may wish to create.

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Varnish

Varnish is often associated with wood. However, what you may not know is that varnishes are also used on paper.

Paper varnish are applied to paper stock to give the page a smooth and consistent texture as well as having the added benefit of sealing the printed material to help preserve it better.

High-quality books and magazines usually have a paper varnish applied to their pages.

Typically, varnishes are applied to the entire printing surface when a page needs to be robust but without adding too much weight to the paper stock, making it suitable for magazine pages, magazine covers, and brochures

varnish glossy

glossy varnish

varnish matte

matte varnish

Embossing

Generally, embossing refers to raising parts of the page for emphasis and texture.

This print finish adds physical depth to the embossed elements and thus, shadows and highlights are also produced in the design.

Embossing also adds a tactile dimension to your design. Images and text are literally felt.

Often, embossing can be combined with other printing techniques such as foil stamping to enhance the effects of both techniques.

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Embossing

embossing and foil stamping

Embossing and foil stamping

embossing

Embossing

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Embossing and foil stamping