Printing Techniques: Embossing

Embossing is the process of creating a three dimensional image or design on a flat flexible surface, which is accomplished by using a combination of heat and pressure. It creates a raised image/impression and can be used on a number of different materials to include leather,rubber, plastic and paper.

Debossing is the process of heat and pressure imprinting a design/image onto the surface material creating a depression rather than the raised impression that the embossing process creates.

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Embossed box

How is This Achieved?

A metal die, which is a specialist tool used to shape products/ materials, is created in the reverse of the design required. The die is connected to a machine which uses a combination of heat and a stamping method to push the heated metal die into the product leaving a permanent imprint of the design.
If used in conjunction with inks it is referred to as colour register embossing and if no ink is used it is referred to as blind embossing.

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Types of Embossing/Debossing 

Blind Embossing
This form of embossing does not include the use of ink or foil to highlight the embossed area. The change in the dimensional appearance of the material is the only noticeable difference and provides a clean and distinctive 3D image or effect.

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Foil Embossing
Also know as hot foiling, the process where a sheet of coloured foil is placed in between the metal die and product so that the foil is stamped into the design.

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Combination Embossing
This process allows the end user to have a product which is part blind embossed and part foil embossed.

Boudicca Wode

Pastelling or tint leaf embossing
This involves using a combination die to provide a subtle antique appearance to a substrate that is foil stamped and embossed.

Glazing
This refers to a finished embossed area that has a shiny or polished appearance, generally achieved by the heat of the die on the right material.

Embossed Record Sleeve

Scorching
This process is similar to glazing except that it is not used to polish the stock, instead the temperature is increased to create a scorched effect resulting in an antique or shaded appearance.

Products that are recommended for this method are leather and bonded leather items such as folders, travel wallets, passport wallets, laptop bags, leather keyfobs and luggage tags.

Ted Baker Leather Card Holder

Benefits of Embossing/Debossing

• Embossing gives a high quality finish to the product
• Blind embossing offers exclusive and subtle branding
• Suitable for small logos
• A permanent branding method

If you'd like to know more about embossing and other printing techniques, visit our homepage, where scrolling down, on the right you can find and download "The Buyers' Guide to Print"

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