Category: How To

Embossed and Debossed Print

Don’t Let Your Print Fall Flat

Have you ever picked up a piece of print that had a raised image that you couldn’t help running your fingers across?  You probably thought it looked interesting too.
‘Embossing’ and ‘Debossing’ are two print techniques used to either raise or lower an image or text into paper. Both are a fantastic way of giving your print a fresh, superior look and feel.
This is the print process of pressing a logo or graphic design into paper or card stock from underneath which gives the raised image a 3D effect. The most effective embossed pieces use a heavier paper stock to highlight the depth and detail of the embossed graphics.
The embossed area can be printed, foil stamped usually using gold or silver heat pressed foil or left without ink also known as blind embossing.
You can emboss a range of printed items to add a high-quality finish such as mailers, folders, menus, business cards, invitations and more.

Foil Stamped

Debossing is the opposite of embossing with the design image imprinted into your piece of print to create a depressed effect. Just like embossing, you can choose to leave the debossed area untouched, fill it in with ink or foil stamp it.
Both processes work better using a coloured board without ink (blind embossing/debossing) or next to printed images so you maximise the 3D effect.
For all your print advice contact our friendly team today.

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Perfect Binding


Print Finishing Advice

What is Perfect Binding?
Perfect binding is the finishing process for a booklet or catalogue like a soft cover book you might buy. They have a square, printed spine and the cover is usually made from a heavier paper stock or card stock than the interior pages. The pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong flexible thermal glue. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed down to give them clean “perfect” edges.
Perfect Bound books look extremely professional and are perfect for stacking lots of brochures or catalogues together as you can see the detail printed on the spine, something saddle stitch and spiral binding methods do not offer.
You can Perfect Bind a document from 15 sheets, anything less we recommend ‘Saddle Stitching’.
You will need to supply the spine artwork to the correct size as part of the job so get in touch once you have the document completed and we will let you know what size to set it to.
Make sure you allow for the extra 3-4mm gutter you will lose on each page and that there is enough trim width on the edges too. As you can see from the article on Michael Fassbender – even Empire Magazine can make mistakes!
For further guidance on setting your artwork view this link or give our team a call.

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Saddle Stitching

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Print Finishing Advice – Saddle Stitching

Saddle stitching is a method for binding brochures using wire staples from a wire reel (known as stitches) joining the pages and cover together. The staples are punched through the spine of the gathered, folded and creased ‘sections’ as they sit on the ‘saddle’ of the ‘stitcher’, the staples are driven through from the outside and are clinched together inside, binding the pages and cover firmly in place.
Two staples are commonly used but larger books may require more staples along the spine. You can use this technique for documents up to 48 pages for a great looking, cost-effective finish.
For anything larger we recommend ‘Perfect Binding‘ your booklet.

For more finishing advice give our team a call on 0114 399 8866

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