Embossing is the process whereby an image is raised on the substrate to create a 3D effect. Combining an emboss with foil can create a stunning and visually appealing print finish.
How do we emboss?
There are four factors to consider during the embossing process:
- Pressure – the pressure of the die image against the substrate. Too little or too much pressure can create an inferior finish, or even ‘push through’ the substrate.
- Heat – the heat level should remain consistent throughout the process to leave the best impression.
- Die Depth – our in-house die studio can determine the die depth from the initial artwork. Deeper etched dies are required on certain paper stock to achieve a more detailed and attractive finish.
- Paper choice – your choice of paper or board is important for the blind embossing process. Very smooth material can be difficult, as can bright white – our representatives will be able to guide you on paper choice.
What are the different embossing techniques?
- Blind embossing – a blind emboss is used to create a textured, three-dimensional finish on print, using a male die, a female die and pressure. A blind emboss can be a single-level or multi-level finish.
- Debossing – uses the same technique as a blind emboss but instead of the finished effect jumping out from the paper (or board) it is depressed into the material.
- Foil embossing – a fluted die can be used to foil and emboss in a single pass. This not only saves make-ready time but will help create a stunning foiled and embossed finish.
The three Blockfoil trade foiling sites provide the complete range of embossing services for a large number of printing and packaging companies in the UK. As well as smaller users, such as greetings cards makers, craft companies, leather goods manufacturers and commercial printers.