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Print - 4 Jan 2024

Print Techniques – Blind Embossing

  • Blind embossing and debossing leave an impression on the paper, using pressure instead of ink.
  • Visual and tactile contrasts create text, images or patterns, playing with light and shadows on the surface of the paper.
  • The quality of the die is important as it can impact on the embossing quality
  • Do not emboss translucents if the paper or environment is dry because it can tear.
  • Do not emboss papers below 120gsm for translucents. Embossing clear translucents will cause the image edges to go white.
  • Both the design and paper choice should be considered: in particular, bolder type and large designs can be embossed more deeply, and heavier papers can achieve greater depth and detail.
  • Strong boards such as Keaykolour, and papers with long fibres are recommended for greater dimensional depth.
  • However fine papers from 90gsm can also be embossed and debossed for more subtle designs.
  • Ensure sharp corners or points (like the top of a capital «A» are rounded off as they are areas of weakness and can cause creasing. Do use fonts above 8 point and lines thicker than 2 points. Spacing should also be increased to take into account added dimension.
  • Choose a slightly textured paper if vou wish to create a contrast with the flat areas of the embossing. Do keep in mind though that a ghost pattern of the original texture could compete with the embossing if the texture is too strong.
  • Duplex the back of your embossing if you wish to have a flat surface on the back of your printed material.