Working to design the ideal flyer, poster or invitation can take time, effort and dedication, before bringing an intense sense of achievement when you see it in front of your eyes for the first time. It may seem to be a straight 10/10 at that moment in time, but why not take it to the next level – yes, possibly even a 12/10 – with the right finish. We don’t just mean ‘add some shine to that’. With a range of embellishments and complimenting finishes available, each with their own purposes and benefits, you really can rely on your print being the greatest in its field.
So, what finishes and embellishments are there to consider? There are four main types…
Laser cutting your finalised print will mean the process of burning or melting the material is undertaken by several lasers. The precision of these teams of lasers makes the method ideal for custom, intricate designs on a variety of materials. From paper and glass, incisions can also be made through brass and aluminium. The laser machine works by following a generated line or pathway from an adjoining software and is ideal for signage and large format prints.
Embossing and debossing
In the world of printing, embossing refers to the act of imprinting an image, logo or text into a material – typically paper, leather or card. The image is pressed in from the reverse of the print, allowing it to remain slightly elevated on your material. Debossing works in the opposite way, stamping a logo, image or text into your material, depressing it slightly. Both methods of embellishment can provide a sleek, luxurious feel, revolving your flat print into a defined material and is commonly seen across business cards.
Foiling your print is a simple way to provide it with that premium feel, ideal for ceremony invites or wedding prints. The process occurs by a combination of heat, pressure and pigmented foils, commonly used on high-quality card. Many assume that this would mean you are limited to a colour stock of silver and gold, but the choices are endless. Compliment your base colour with a foiled heading or create a continuous theme with a pop of foiled colour.
Die cutting provides you with the ability to cut your print material into a desired shape, less intricate however than laser cutting. In print, ‘Die’ refers to a sharp steel blade, creating the name of blade cutting. The blade can be formed in various shapes and is commonly used to cut through paper, card or laminate to create bespoke cards, stationery or stamps.
Prints are unstoppable, just like us. With limitless creativity and knowledge, allow us to design and produce your very own unique batch of prints, each with a high-quality finish to guarantee it stands out from the crowd. To find out more about the right embellishments and finishes for your materials, get in touch with a member of our Printingprogress team today – we will be more than happy to fill your minds with print finishing knowledge! Give us a call on 020 8290 1010 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org today.