Coatings and Lamination

A STRONG FINISH MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE



We believe one of the most valuable aspects to printed products is the combination of visual and tactile experiences it creates with the audience.

When looking at an image on a screen, you’re simply just looking. With print, not only are you looking at it, but holding it in your hands. That tangible quality that comes inherently with print is what sets it apart, makes it memorable and allows it to have a greater impact.



With that in mind, we’ve curated a book of coating and finishing options, that both enhance the look of the print and form the finished surface that ultimately determines what it feels in someone’s hands. Each finish has both aesthetic and functional properties.



Using a finish that complements the design, perhaps accentuating a certain element is often an overlooked and underestimated aspect to printing. When done well, a strong finish can be used for your advantage to create more engaging printed pieces that keep your customers coming back, especially when they see how much it benefits them as well.

You may be familiar with the difference between a gloss and matte finish, and while there are many of each in this book, we aim to show the benefits, limitations and best practices for all of our coating options.



In addition to our traditional overall aqueous and laminate options, we’ll take a closer look at some exciting new digital spot coatings – Spot Gloss UV, Raised 3dUV and Raised Foil.

These unique spot coatings provide fresh ways to give your printed piece an unforgettable look and feel that can make print sensational. We’ll also show ways to best combine them with overall coatings for the most impactful finish.


Traditional Foil Stamping

What is it?

Foil stamping is a specialty finishing (post-printing) process that highlights selected artwork typically with a metallic foil material stamped into the paper by using a metal die, combined with heat and pressure.

Used for over a century, foil stamping is a traditional letterpress process that combines old-world craftsmanship with modern graphics via the use of a metal die.

By itself, it creates a slight Deboss (indent) into the paper because it is “stamped” in.

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In addition to the many metallic foil colors, there are also some gloss pigment color options that aren’t metallic, such as white and black, although there are other color options.

It can be done over printing as an additional color / enhancement, or directly onto almost any paper as the only imprint.

It can also be combined with embossing (pushed up), and debossing (pushed farther down), to make it stand out more.

What makes it different?

The look and feel is defined by it’s timeless simplicity, often a classic gold or silver color stamped into paper for a look of permanence of both the printed piece and the brand or idea it represents. You can feel the subtle debossed impression, especially on softer papers.

It’s a great way to add a unique touch to printed pieces, but also can be used as the only imprint, without any ink or color printed underneath.

 

The price – By itself, it’s actually less expensive than 4-color printing, if the image is relatively small. Since it requires a metal die to be made with the image to be transferred, there is an initial cost for that, products in our catalog all include 12 square inches built into the foil price. Additional areas or larger areas will add to the cost.

 

Products to use it for:

Group B Folders (Dark linen papers)

Economy Folders (Affordable white papers)

Group A Folders (Light colored linen and other textured papers)

Certificate Holders (Dark linen papers)

Report Covers, Tax Folders (Dark linen papers)

Legal Size Folders (all papers)

Custom Projects

 

Pairs well with:

Uncoated and colored papers (especially with texture, like our linen stocks)

Coated and laminated papers

Raised 3D UV!

Have you tried Raised 3D UV yet?

What is it?
Raised 3dUV is a specialty finishing (post-printing) process that highlights selected artwork with a raised, clear spot gloss – similar to traditional spot gloss UV combined with embossing.

Although it is raised, we can achieve a full range of textures by applying less coating, enabling true 3-d dimensional effects with a combination of 100% raised and lower densities, typically between 5-30%. At 10%, it provides a flat satin look, for example.

What makes it different?

The look and feel is similar to that of conventional spot gloss UV with embossing, so it is always standing out above the sheet, without the impression showing through on the backside.

It’s capable of very fine lines and detail, with perfect registration using image-recognition technology where 4 cameras take a picture of every sheet to adjust if needed.
While it can’t help but stand out visually, the tactile effects also make for a unique experience, especially with fine detail and various amounts of coating for different height levels.

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The price – enjoy all the benefits of a digital process when it comes to cost: very low minimum charge, on quantities as low as 1. It’s a great way to try a premium look for a short run without breaking the bank. Yes, variable data is possible too.

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Products to use it for:

 

Pairs well with:

*Soft Touch Lamination

*Matte Lamination

*Matte Aqueous coating

Introducing Raised Digital Foil!

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What is it?
Raised digital foil is a specialty finishing (post-printing) process that highlights selected artwork with a raised, metallic look, similar to traditional foil stamping with embossing.

This is actually an extension of our Raised 3dUV process(and Scodix press), except with foil on top.

It uses the same real foil that we use on our conventional foil presses; it is currently offered in gold, silver, rose gold, holographic, red, green, and blue metallic foil, with more to come soon!

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What makes Digital Raised Foil different?

The look and feel is closer to that of conventional foil with embossing, so it is always standing out above the sheet, without the impression showing through on the backside, though.

We think it actually has more shine than traditional foil & embossing, while it is raised around the same height.

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The price– enjoy all the benefits of a digital process when it comes to cost: very low minimum charge, on quantities as low as 1. It’s a great way to try a premium look for a short run without breaking the bank. Yes, variable data is possible too.

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Products to use it for:

 

Pairs well with:

*Soft Touch Lamination

*Matte Lamination

*Aqueous coating