Embossing vs Debossing

Embossing vs Debossing

Embossing vs debossing. Which one to choose for your next luxury packaging design? Both are a great addition to any print or packaging project. But if your client doesn’t have a preference and you’re not sure then read this Blockfoil guide:

What is embossing?

The embossing service is when you raise all, or part of, a design out from the paper, or board. The achieve the process by creating an embossing die and pushing it into the material from underneath. We know this as a blind emboss but combined with foil it becomes a foil emboss. Embossing leaves a mirrored copy of the embossed area on the reverse side of the material.

What is debossing?

Blind debossing is the opposite of a blind emboss. We create a debossing die and stamp onto the front of the substrate to leave a depression. We can combine a deboss with foil to become something known as foil debossing. A deboss does not leave any identity on the reverse of the material if using a thicker paper.

Embossing and debossing both add great depth to any size print work. From B1 foil packaging through to greetings cards and business cards. Everything looks better with a bit of depth.

With the environmental effects of print currently in the spotlight it should also be pointed out that a blind emboss or blind deboss is the most environmentally friendly print finishing technique.

So next time you’re at the design stage and you face the embossing vs debossing question don’t opt for the embossing process just because it’s more popular. Carefully consider both deboss and emboss options.

Blockfoil has been offering embossed printing services for over 35 years from their trade sites in Ipswich, Manchester and Nottingham. For any further questions on emboss printing or deboss printing don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local office.