Embossing involves raising an image from behind the sheet and debossing refers to the reversing the process ie a de-pressed image from the face of the sheet. Both processes create textures and offer ‘add on value’ to printed products.

These processes are used for high profile brochures, invitations, business cards etc and can also be used for security print purposes. They are generally applied to boards of between 200gsm and 400gsm but can be processed using paper materials as thin as 50gsm.

These types of print finishing processes provide a visually striking quality product, offer tactile interaction of the marketing message with a strong inference to quality and attention to detail. For those reasons we see embossing and debossing being used at high profile establishments such as 5 star hotels, restaurants, corporates or organisations who are looking to make a statement. Their brochures, menu and cards are embossed to literally give that high class impression.

Print today can be greater enhanced by the addition of these types of services and we here at Print Solutions Peterborough are well versed in applying our skills to make that happen.

Print Solutions Peterborough offer both embossing and debossing services in house. We work closely with clients, designers, marketers, printers and finishers to encourage the best use of the methods they seek and we are on hand to give you the benefit of our expertise.

In brief artwork is supplied to us to make the necessary tooling.

Both male and female dies are made using precision moulding and engraving technologies. These dies are bespoke and made to order. They can be reused countless times again assuming the size of the embossed or debossed areas remain the same. There is always an initial ‘one off’ tooling cost.

The dies are placed into a machine which feeds paper across them and at a registration point the paper stops, is crimped between the plates of the dies and the paper is pressed. The male die impressing the sheet, the female die depressing the sheet. No other process is required. Tension in the substructure of the paper fibres keep the image formed. This should not alter once impressed although care should be taken if guillotining post embossing as clamping pressure will soften the initial embossed image.

The term Blind embossing is the process which 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 resulting from the embossing. The blind embossing process provides a clean and distinctive or subtle image on paper stock. The photo’s above are examples of blind embossing, if the embossed area was to match a printed or foiled image then this would be called embossing.