Here are a list of the common print finishes along with a description.
In order to overcome the drying delay with Litho printing, we have a water based coater installed inline on the Komori, which coats the ink with a thin (3 micron) layer of lacquer. This means the print is completely dry when it comes off the press, with the exception of uncoated paper which can still take up to 24 hours.
Coating is available as a gloss or matt finish and is automatically applied to gloss or silk paper, respectively, on Litho printed work. It gives a premium smooth finish with complete rub resistance.
This is similar to overall UV varnish, but instead of a varnish, the paper is coated with a very thin transparent shiny film. This is the most common since it gives results, which are more glossy and protective than overall UV without suffering from the cracking effect along the fold lines.
This is also very popular and is the same process as gloss laminating, but provides a matt finish. It gives a very matt finish without dulling ink vibrancy and is a good substitute where gloss is not suitable. For additional effect, spot UV can be applied to any area of the matt laminate to give a part shiny, part matt finish.
We also stock a silk laminate (which sits somewhere in between gloss and matt in its appearance), as well as a soft touch laminate (also known as velvet) which uses microscopic air bubbles in the surface of the film giving a special ‘soft’ feeling.
This process is usually used to highlight selected areas of the job a high gloss, the ‘spot areas’ but it can also be used as a ‘flood’ or overall varnish and with areas left free from varnish. However, it should be noted that when used over fold or crease lines the varnish can crack.
Die cutting be performed to virtually any shape and size you require. This may include folders, shaped labels, tags, packaging cartons, etc.
Foil blocking, also known as gold leaf printing, hot foiling or hot stamping is a shiny metallic foil that is applied using a stamp. It can be used instead of or with inks and is used on invitations, book covers, brochures and packaging for a high quality luxury effect.
Embossing and Debossing
Embossing is a relief effect that is punched into the board using a metal plate called a die, which makes the embossed area raised. Debossing is the same but in reverse giving a recessed effect.
Both tend to be used on higher quality print and can be used on printed, foiled or coloured stock. Popular products include: stationery, packaging, brochure covers and folders.
Saddle stitching is the process of stapling booklets. Printed sections are dropped onto a conveyor belt in order. The booklet is then stitched and trimmed to size inline.