Printing 101 - specialty printing

As I close off my last blog posting on printing I thought I would talk about specialty printing such as letterpress, foil stamping and blind embossing. All of these print mediums require more skill and a lot of TLC. Below is information on all 3 printing methods with a few videos which will give you more of idea of how each printing process works: Letterpress - the oldest form of printing. Invented in the mid-15th century. This print medium prints from a hard, raised image plates which imprint into a more substantial paper stock making an imprint into the paper. Each job is set up on an old fashion press and designs are usually made up of 1, 2 or even 3 colours. Beautiful to the eye and touch letterpress is top notch. Click to learn more from this youtube video.

Foil stamping - is a specialty printing process that uses heat, pressure, metal dies and foil film. The foil comes in rolls in a wide assortment of colors, finishes, and optical effects. Foil is an opaque medium. Unlike thermography, lithography and letterpress, foil stamping does not use any ink. This makes metallic or lighter color foil great for darker or coloured papers. Foil can be used for a variety of finishes, including metallic, matte, glossy, pearlescent and patterns such as marbling. Click to learn more from this youtube video.

Blind Embossing - simply by creating a raised area using a die, blind embossing creates a subtle paper coloured image that can be felt as well as seen. De-bossing uses the same technique to create an indentation. This can be as emphatic or delicate as the graphics or words dictate. A careful choice of paper will enhance the effect (avoiding bright whites and very smooth materials). Click to watch this short youtube video.