The Limitations of Embossing and How to Fix it for your Prints

What is Embossing? And how are they done? Basically, Embossing and Debossing both involves two main thing: a Die (Metal block), and a Stock (Paper stocks). The Die is firstly being personalized accordingly to the image that you wish to Emboss or Deboss. Using finishing machines, the Paper Stock is later being pressed like a stamp onto the Stock so it slightly raises the image (Emboss), or pushes the image (Deboss) on your prints. Usually, this technique is being used on Logos, custom illustrations, or patterns to promote a luxurious impression on packaging, business cards, tagging, and etc. For more information about Embossing or Debossing, please refer to this article in the link.

When applying Embossing or Debossing to your prints, it is actually not that you can do anything you wish on your prints. Here are the things that Printoka.com thinks that you should be aware of before you start your project.

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General

In general, Embossing is not applicable to Gluing areas such as book spines, packaging assembling and folding area, and etc. Similarly, you are advised to keep at least a 4mm distance between your Embossing image and any creasing or folding line. It is also not applicable to Emboss on areas that are being Spot UV printed. Also, before finalizing your Embossing project, do not forget to double check and make sure all your important elements such as texts, images, logos, were being kept within the safe zone.

Below illustration demonstrates a wrong embossing example for Saddle Stitched Booklets.

Below illustrations demonstrates a correct method of embossing artwork placement for Perfect Binding Booklet, which requires folding and gluing on the spine.

As for packaging and gift boxes, the left side embossing artwork shows a wrong placement, while the right sided ones is a correct way of placement.

Fonts

Do take note that when font sizes are too small, it may turn out that the embossing quality of the wordings will rather being stamped as a whole block. Hence, by using Arial Fonts types as standard, the minimal size of embossed words will be 11.0 pts, including any wordings within logos, images, and etc.

Lines

For lines, there will be a minimal requirement of 1.0 pts for line thickness in order to ensure the embossing quality is perfect. If there are multiple lines to be embossed, do make sure that there is at least 2.0mm distance between each lines. It is highly advised that you are not to use Embossing as Outlines, because all printing and finishing will require a minimal range of tolerance of at least +/- 0.25mm. It may turn out to worsen your print quality if there is any slight mis-registration issue.

Dots

Very similarly to fonts and lines, Dots will also have a minimal requirement of 2.0pts size and above. Shall there be multiple dots to be embossed, please ensure that there is a distance of at least 1.0mm between each dots. Other than dots, Comma (,), Full Stops (.), Colon (:), Semi Colon (;), Apostrophe (‘), Quotation Marks (“) and etc shall also play the same rule.

Quality Tolerance

All embossed jobs shall require a tolerance of image registration of approximately 0.25mm.

We hope this article can guide you well for your Embossing and Debossing Printing Online! If you find this article useful, feel free to subscribe and sign up on Printoka.com as a member. We have more member benefits than you can expect. Discounts, free shipping promotions, and huge variety of products is available online! Shall you wish to know more about the basics and methods of Embossing and Debossing, feel free to read on this article at the link here.

 

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