Embellishments Coatings and Other finishing
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Embellishments, Coatings and Other finishing
Imagination Graphics has a finishing department with a large section dedicated to the Embellishments, Coatings and Other finishing. These finishes includes, Embossing, Celloglazing, Drilling, Perfing, Taping and many other finishes, serving the Sydney area.
Drilling in printing refers to the process of creating round holes in paper using a rotating bit. Unlike a manual punch, which presses holes through one or a few sheets of paper, the drilling operation uses a specialised machine with sharp hollow bits to bore through thick stacks of paper. This produces a very clean and precise holes.
Shrink wrap is a plastic film that you can wrap around any object, no matter what the size or shape. Heat is then applied to the surface, which causes the plastic to shrink. As it shrinks, it conforms to the shape of your object and seals itself.
In printing terminology, folding is a technique that is commonly done after printing and cutting. It is achieved using special devices called folders. The material is folded either off-line or in-line, depending on the pre-set and design plan. Magazine, brochures, etc are usually folded. There are a variety of folding, including half fold, tri-fold, Z-fold, accordion fold and quarter fold to name a few.
Numbering or sequential numbering in printing, refers to printing numbers in sequential order on printed pieces. Numbering is usually printed on forms, like invoices, purchase orders, contracts and can also be print on raffle tickets, gift cards or anything requiring a unique identifying number.
Scoring or Creasing
Scoring or Creasing are techniques that help prevent a fold from cracking or breaking. Scoring/Creasing causes the area of the paper to be weakened so it is easier to fold. Scoring creates a depression in the paper, making it easier to fold. The thicker the paper, the more important it is to properly crease or score before folding, in order to avoid or reduce breaking in the fold.
Perf, Perfing or Perforation
Perf, Perfing or Perforation is a method used in the printing industry, it allows a person to easily tear off parts of a leaflet, card, flyer, and others. It is impossible for perforations to be done on papers that weigh 80gsm and is only recommended for ones that weigh 135gsm and above.
Collating or to collate referes to the organisation of printed matter in a specific order as requested.
Taping refers to the application of a double-sided adhesive onto paper or board.
Foil printing is a speciality printing process which uses heat, pressure, and metallic paper (foil) to create different shiny designs and graphics on various materials. This technique is an application of metallic or pigmented foil on to a solid surface by applying a heated die on to the foil. This makes it permanently stick to the surface below which leaves the design of the die, regardless of whether it’s a small, intricate design or a larger surface area.
Block Foiling versus Digital Foiling
Traditional Block Foiling (or hot foil stamping) involves applying metallic foil to paper or card, using heated plates (or die). This leaves your foiled elements slightly debossed and textured – as the foil is hot pressed onto your card or paper stock. This process works best on uncoated, thicker paper stocks. Digital Foiling doesn’t require the use of plates – it’s printed directly from a file on the computer. This means that there are no set up costs, making it ideal for short runs and smaller orders. However smaller, intricate designs that feature fine details and serif style fonts aren’t ideal for Digital Foiling, so if you’re after something precise, traditional block foiling would be better.
Spot UV is a technique that makes certain areas of a document high-shine and glossy. This makes any area you wish to stand out against a matt lamination really pop. After printing the Spot UV is then printed on top of the paper, as a clear gloss, and then dried for the finished result.
A holographic print is a rendition of a hologram on a flat surface, producing 3-D (three-dimensional) effects when viewed. A holographic print differs from a traditional hologram in that the print does not require any special lighting arrangements to yield the 3-D effect. The viewer does not need any task-specific eyewear to view the image.
Embossing and Debossing
Embossing in the printing industry refers to a process of pressing an image into paper or card stock to create a three-dimensional design. Debossing results in a depressed surface, with the design lower than the surrounding paper area. Text, logos and other images can all be formed by the embossing method. Embossing results in a raised surface, with the design higher than the surrounding paper area. The embossing and debossing procedures involve the use of two metal dies - one has a raised surface on it and the other has a mating surface recessed into it. The two dies fit into one another. A paper sheet is placed between the two dies and then heat and pressure are applied to squeeze the raised die into the recessed die. Similar to being pressed by an iron, the paper fibres permanently reshape to take on the intended design.
Blind Embossing and Blind Debossing
Blind embossing is an image pressed into the paper creating a three-dimensional design without the use of ink, foil or pigment. Blind debossing is when the image is pushed down, below the surface of the paper. Both blind embossing and blind debossing can produce beautiful, textured finishes to printed stationery.
Foil Embossing is combining both foil stamping and embossing, either with a foil embossing die or embossing an image that was previously flat foil stamped (known as "stamp and bump").
Celloglazing / Cello
Cello glazing is quite common as a finish for business cards, presentation folders and booklet covers. Celloglazing is a process whereby a thin sheet of film is adhered to the printed piece by a special machine that uses both heat and pressure to apply the coating. Celloglazing can be single sided or double sided. Celloglazing adds a significant degree of robustness to any printed piece, and produces a rather luxurious, classy, ‘expensive’ look to the product.
Matt cello is non-reflective and while it offers a silky, smooth finish, it can flatten out the colours in your printed piece. If you are looking to be able to write on your business card or print project, then we recommend using the matt cello as gloss is difficult to write on. Matt cello complements well with a spot UV feature, which can be applied to design elements on your print piece after the cello has been applied.
Gloss cello offers a clear and shiny finish that tends to brighten and enhance your colours.
Anti-scuff celloglazing does exactly what it says – it prevents any unwanted scuffs and marks from showing up on laminated surfaces where this has been the finish of choice. Dirty fingerprints will be kept at bay and will leave your print with a clean appearance. This durable print finish is ideal for brochures, folders and other print products which need to be kept looking pristine and is also handy for items which will be used repeatedly.
Sometimes called a “velvet” or “soft-feel”, the use of soft-touch finishes is growing in popularity; particularly for business cards, presentation collaterals, and many other types of promotional printing where distinguishing qualities are important. A soft-touch finish is accomplished by applying either a soft touch laminate film or a soft-touch coating. Soft-touch coatings are applied in a liquid form, usually as an inline process, after the printing ink has been applied. The coating then dries with the “soft feel” texture.