Simply put, the embossing is the sister of the Relieflack. Where the relief varnish grows as a varnish layer in height, the embossing usually proves depth. When embossing paper, the paper is placed between a stamping die, a so-called die, and a counter-mold, a so-called male, and deformed by means of pressure. Does not sound nice, but looks pretty good. Sometimes heat is added, because for example the die is heated. By contrast, the relief itself does not deform the paper itself, since only a thick layer of paint is applied during this finishing process.
But embossing is not the same coinage. There are various ways to enhance a print product with a chic embossing. We would like to introduce some impressions here. What applies to all aspects of printing, however, is that each individual paper finish is appealing and haptically appealing, each in its own special way. And the nobler the paper used, the nobler the final result will ultimately be. Incidentally, it is also possible to combine the embossing of the paper with colored films. Then, for example, the logo not only appears in a casual 3D look, but also gets a chic color paint.
Three-dimensional: relief embossing
The relief embossed beguiles the viewer through its three-dimensionality. Whoever refines his printed matter with it, the attention is certain. The printing material is deformed on the one hand, the fiber structure at the edges is additionally stretched and the lettering or the motif acquires the desired plastic 3D effect. The relief embossing can come as a blind embossing as well as foil embossing. We will discuss these two coinages in detail.
Noble: the blind embossing
The blind embossing is a true classic among the imprints, as it represents the oldest coinage in the print. This colorless embossing – for which reason it is also called blind embossing – offers pure understatement and, thanks to its elegant restraint, especially on matte papers, comes into its own. The blind embossing is the reduction to the essentials, this should thus delight the finishing purists completely. Incidentally, reducing the focus to the essentials is the keyword here: a foil or the like is not needed here. It is only resorting to what already exists: the paper. And this is deformed in a very elegant way. The blind embossing is often used for book covers and high quality brochures.