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A guide to some lesser-known processes.

Foiling, embossing and debossing are often the cherry on the print cake. But there’s so much more to these processes than the popular (and still beautiful) flat foiling and straight embossing we see everyday. Here’s our lowdown on the wonderful world of dies….

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Brass debossing die

Brass is perfect for debossing, but also lends itself to foiling products, like case bound book covers, where more pressure and a deeper impression to get a good foil image is required. This is due to the steeper sides created by the milling process on a die made from brass, which allows for the deepest blind deboss possible.

Combination emboss/debossing die

Using this type of die, we can create a deboss and embossed finish at the same time, simultaneously creating the opposite effect on both sides of the sheet due to the counterforce created by the brass die.

Brass fluted combination die

This type of die is used to foil and emboss in the same pass with a single die, achieving a perfect registration of foil to emboss, and is particularly ideal for longer runs.

Textured foiling dies

These allow the use of a textured pattern in the die to create unique effects instead of a standard flat foil finish. These types of die are useful for things like security stamping, vouchers or tickets, as a unique, textured pattern is more difficult to reproduce.

Sculptured Embossing Dies

Using grayscale imagery, we can create a sculptured emboss or multi-level emboss. The lighter the area on the design, the lower the emboss. The darker the shade, the more raised the emboss.

As always, Matt and the team are always on-hand to help you discover the perfect enhancements for your job, and are happy to pass on their knowledge and share the Print Love.