Makes peaks or valleys on your printed piece. Embossing is a technique where a design is impressed onto a particular stock. The design is “raised” when graphics or type is pressed into the paper from underneath. This requires a male / female die combination. The raised area can have a surface where ink has been applied. It can even have foil or be intentionally left blank (un-primed) known as a blind emboss. Debossing is the opposite process where the imprint causes a “depression” on the paper or stock.
Types of Embossing
Embossing is done using the same technique as Foil stamping. Metals like zinc, copper and magnesium or alloys like brass and steel are used to create a die or a female block. A female die block is essentially a detailed machine that allows engraving to a certain depth. One can also engrave to multiple depths by hand. To emboss, the material is passed between the female block and matching male block. A printed or a foiled image can be raised with embossing. The technique of raising images on plain paper is called ‘Blind Embossing’. Embossing is a cost effective technique and embossed logos are an integral part of several corporate identities. Business cards, letter heads, invitations, compliment slips and other corporate stationary items make use of embossed logos.
Embossing is ideal for creating unique Book Covers, Invitation cards, business cards, letter heads and compliment slips or anything that you want to add a special touch to.
Single Level Embossed
This is the process of raising areas on cards or paper to highlight or add texture and dimension. When combined with foiling, the result is a state of the art product that assures consumers of the quality of your company or product. Registered embossing is when the embossing must fit within a specific area of a print or foil. Blind embossing is when the embossing does not need to register with any print or foiling.
Multi Level Embossed
Through the use of hand engraved dies, it is possible to emboss stock to more than one level. These dies are used effectively to create a three dimensional image to add texture to a design. Kind of reminds us of our NYC skyline seen right out of out Midtown Manhattan plant’s windows.
Debossing or Debossed
This process is the same as embossing, except that the stock is pushed in, rather than being raised. Through a hand-engraved die it is possible to emboss some areas and deboss others at the same time.