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How To Identify Finishing Types

Updated: Jan 21, 2022


A type of embossing where no ink is used. The design or text is only visible as

a raised area on the paper.


Image pressed into paper so it lies below the surface.


Process of using sharp metal rules (die-cut mould) on a wooden block to

cut out specialised shapes such as pocket folders or unusual shaped flyers etc.


Apply a layer of OPP fi lm over the cover or printed sheet with heat or glue to

protect against damages. Different types of lamination available: Gloss, matt

& velvet lamination.


Apply varnish on selected / identifi ed spot and let it pass through UV light to dry.

This is to highlight or enhance certain features.


A printing technique using very thin aluminium foil in a variety of metallic colours, such

as gold, silver, red and blue. The metallic foil is released from carrier base onto a substrate by the application of heat and pressure from a metal printing plate that bears the image to be hot-foiled. Foil is charged by area covered.


To apply a clean liquid-oil, synthetic, spirit, cellulose or water varnish to printed matter to enhance its appearance or increase its durability.

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