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Printing 101: Types of Print Finishes

February 3, 2017 / Conversation, Inspiration

Did you know that the type of print finish you pick has a substantial impact on the finished product? Even if you have a strong design, your project can be taken up a notch or two just by choosing the correct print finish. Yet, many people often overlook this design aspect, even though it can help improve your overall printed design. If you want to make your business cards and printed products extra special, you can enhance the look and design by choosing a finishing option.

Spending some time to think about your print finish is certainly worth its weight in gold, and should not be overlooked. To help you start off on the right foot, learn more about the different types of print finishes that are available for you to use.

Raised Ink (Thermography) – If you want to add another level of dimension to your printed product, try out thermography. With thermography, your ink will rise upward from the paper, giving it a unique texture.

Foil Stamping – Use this method to add an air of prestige and sophistication to your design. By using pressure and heat, a malleable metallic material is applied to the surface of the print.

Die Cutting – If you want your print product to be of a particular image, you can achieve it with die cutting. Die cutting allows you perforate, score, or cut shapes into your design.

Embossed – If you want to add some dimension and depth to your finished product, give embossing a try. Embossing allows to you to raise parts of the page for texture or to put an emphasis on an aspect of your design.

High Gloss Laminate – Use this method if you want your finished product to pop. High gloss laminate can help your product look sharper and have more contrast.

Matte Laminate – Use this method if you want to add sturdiness to your product. While matte is more subdue than the high gloss, it can still add a touch of elegance and luxury to your print.

Spot UV – If you want to give texture to different areas of the printing surface, look into spot UV printing. Varnish is applied and then hardened by UV light, which then provides you with a glossy coating on your print.

Letterpress/Debossing – One of the oldest printing techniques available, letterpress is the exact opposite of embossing. With letterpress/debossing, portions of your design are indented or depressed into the page.