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What is Embossing

Embossing refers to the creation of an impression of some kind of design, decoration, lettering or pattern on another surface like paper, cloth, metal and even leather, to make a relief. In regular printing or an engraving, plates are pressed against the surface to leave an imprint. In embossing however, the pressing raises the surfaces adding a new dimension to the object.

Embossing is an elegant process that changes the nature of the material that has been embossed. More often than not it elevates the standard and quality of the product. A notary’s embossed seal can give much weight to a regular piece of paper. Similarly, an embossed wedding card immediately changes the entire meaning conveyed by the invitation. The recipient is informed not only about the wedding but also that it is going to be a high profile wedding and an elegant ceremony.

Embossing thus makes things more beautiful than they originally are. The simplest of object can become pieces of art worthy of the highest praise by using a technique as easy as embossing. Of course, how good an embossed object looks depends entirely on the quality of embossing. Poor quality embossing can completely kill the appeal of an object. However, good quality embossing can make an object positively breathtaking.

Embossing involves the creation of an impression by placing the dies in contact with the stock under high pressure. Different kinds of paper show different kinds of embossed effects. There are also many different kinds of embossing that can be done like blind embossing, tint embossing and glazing to achieve different results. The process of embossing is relatively inexpensive and has many uses.

Embossing is used for aesthetic purposes as well as functional uses in industries. From embossing names on credit cards to embossed Braille books for the blind, embossing has a wide range of applications and uses.

Thus, embossing is a technique that adds elegance and sensuality to any paper or surface.

Embossing is the procedure by which the paper surface is pushed forward using an embossing die to cause a raised image. There are different types of embossing that can be done.


Types Of Embossing

Blind Emboss: A blind emboss is one which is not stamped over a printed image or with a foil. The color of the embossed image is the same as the color of the surface. You can also call it a self emboss or same color embossing.

Registered Emboss: This is an embossed image that exactly registers to a printed or foil stamped image. The printed image area is embossed to give is a raised look.

Single-Level Emboss: In this kind of embossing, the image area is raised to just one flat level.

Multi-Level Emboss: In this kind of embossing, the image area is raised to multiple levels having different depths. This gives the embossed image texture and added relief and makes it all the more interesting.

Sculptured Emboss: A sculptured emboss actually refers to a hand tooled process. It is made from a photograph or a drawing with various levels of depth to make the image appear realistic and multi dimensional.

Printed Emboss: In this kind of embossing, the embossed area registers with printed image. Depending on customer requirements and specifications, the bevel can stay inside the printed image or go outside it.

Tint Emboss: This is a relatively new creation where pearl or pastel foil is used for embossing. The methodology is the same as other embossing but the technique is very much in demand and vogue currently. Also, for tint embossing it is best to use white stock because pearl and pastel foils are transparent.

Combo Emboss: This refers to an embossed image that is also foil stamped.

Glazing: This refers to a polished emboss. Glazing is a popular technique used on dark colored stock. The heat and the pressure when pressing the die are increased substantially. This adds shine to the surface. If a very high temperature is used, light color papers can be scorched to change the paper color. This provides for great contrasting designs if done properly.

For more information or advice, simply give us a contact us to discuss your requirements or any queries which you may have regarding embossing.

Posted by ACE Design and Print on 09 March 2017 00:00

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