There are a number of finishing or decorative options available to draw attention to your printed piece – from UV varnish, gloss or matte lamination, MetalFX, aqueous coating to die cutting, debossing, embossing or even foiling. Discuss finishing options at the design stage of your project with one of our graphic designers who can assist you in making your printed piece look extra special!
A UV Varnish is a liquid coating that is applied to the surface of a sheet which is then dried/cured under an ultra violet light. This has the effect of highlighting and drawing attention to parts of the design, but it also provides the additional visual stimulus of having varied textures on a single printed surface.
Matte or Gloss Lamination
Lamination adds a layer of protective coating either gloss or matte to the printed piece. Lamination improves the sturdiness of the piece as well as giving it a level of water resistance. Matte laminated prints are more subdued but add a elegant finish to the printed surface. If a gloss laminate is applied to the printed surface, photos and images appear to have more shine and brightness.
MetalFX is a process of mixing metallic silver with a variety of process colours to give the desired effect. The process gives a metallic lustre to the printed image.
Die-Cutting is a unique feature that can make your printed piece stand out. Die-cutting is a process used to cut paper into a specific shapes using a steel cutting die. Die cut shapes are commonly used on presentation folders, brochures, promotional material and even business cards. The possibilities are endless.
Aqueous Coating is a fast-drying, water-based protective coating which is applied while the paper stock is on the press to achieve a finished look that exceeds the quality of a varnish. This water-based finish dries quickly and is resistant to smudges and fingerprints.
Embossing and Debossing
Embossing and Debossing are the processes of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs in paper and other materials. An embossed pattern is raised against the background, while a debossed pattern is sunken into the surface of the material (but might protrude somewhat on the reverse side).
Foiling is the application of metallic or pigmented foil onto a solid surface by application of a heated die onto foil, making it permanently adhere to the surface below leaving the design of the die. Examples of items that are foil stamped include annual reports, pocket folders, product packaging, note cards/thank you cards, business cards, envelopes and letterheads. The foil stamp is a permanent process. Foils come in a wide selection of colours and finishes, from the most commonly used metallic gold and silver to foils with pearlescent and holographic effects.