There are a number of print finishing or decorative options available to draw attention to your printed piece – from spot UV, gloss or matt lamination, MetalFX, aqueous coating to die cutting, debossing, embossing or even foiling.
Soft Touch is applied to the printed surface giving a velvet soft touch. Add additional texture and look to your print by adding a UV Varnish.
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.
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.
If a gloss laminate is applied to the printed surface, photos and images appear to have more shine and brightness.
Matt laminated prints are more subdued but add an elegant finish to the printed surface.
The gloss seal adds a layer of sheen, making colours appear more vibrant and images more visually appealing. It also helps protect the printed material from scratches, fading, and moisture damage.
Die Cutting is a unique feature that can make your printed piece stand out. It’s a process used to cut paper into a specific shapes using a steel cutting die. Die Cut shapes are endless and gives a printed piece a noticeable and eye-catching finish.
Foiling is the application of metallic or pigmented foil on to a solid surface by application of a heated die. 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.
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).