Printed materials need to be cut and creased after printing so that they can be folded easily. A die cutter is the most common cutting machine that is used to cut printed materials. The die supports the material that is being cut and has a hole into which a punch (made of cutting blades) fits properly. The work which needs to be cut is fitted into the machine and the punch lowered down to cut. The same technique with blunt blades is applied for creasing.
Lamination is the most common finish which has got huge appreciation due to its professional look and high-quality. Lamination adds a protective coating layer to the printed surface and also improves sturdiness and water resistance. Lamination can be either glossy or matte, but it improves the tactile feel of the printed surface. A high gloss lamination improves the sharpness and appearance of the printed materials. Though matte laminated prints are quite subdued, still, they add an elegant and luxurious finish to the printed surface. Lamination is used when you need sturdiness of your products. That’s why lamination is ideal for business cards and soft covered books.
Though varnishes are associated with wood, still, they are used for papers. Varnishes can be either matte or glossy depending on your requirements. Varnishes are ideal for magazine covers, magazine pages, brochures, etc. Let’s take a look at different types of varnishing. Gloss Varnish, Matte Vanish, Silk Varnish, Machine Sealing, All over UV Varnishing, Spot UV Varnishing and Textured Spot UV Varnish. Combination Printers and Projects are well muscled to execute any varnishies finishing to the customer expectation.
Foils are not only limited to gold and silver but also you can use other varieties like pigmented, holographic and security foils. This type of finishing makes your printed products more decorative and adds a little bit of luxury to your project. Foil stamping is usually done in combination with embossing. In this method, pressure and heat are applied to the foil and the end products look like much shinier and glossier than normal metallic inks. But this method is quite expensive as special tools are required to be made for the process. Foil stamping is mainly used to highlight or emphasize the logo or name of the company.
Embossing is a type of finishing where you need to raise some parts of the printed page for emphasis and texture. By using embossing, you can enhance your print with amazing 3-d effects. Embossing is generally applied in conjunction with other techniques like foil stamping or spot UV lamination. Embossing adds a tactile dimension to your printed material. Now, your clients can feel all the images and texts properly. So, in a nutshell, embossing is the stamping of a design into a paper or card. This design produces a raised effect on the material.
Debossing is just the opposite of embossing. This technique usually applied to depress or indent certain portion of things of a page. Earlier, this technique is used for texts, but now, it is applied for pressing logos and other design elements.
Thermography takes your printed items to the next level by producing a raised finish to the selected areas (logo, texts, etc.). This is a less expensive technique that highlights some parts of your printed items. You can use thermography techniques in your corporate stationaries, packaging, folder cover, report cover, and invitations cards.
Different thermographic powder gives different finishes to your printed items.
1. Metallic powder gives a metallic sheen to your products
2. Glitter powder gives a sparkling and dazzling effect to your products
3. The fluorescent powder makes the colored finish brighter and vivid
Call Combination Printers today for free quotations and advices as to what finishing will best suit your printing projects.