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Printing Finishes – Your Beginner’s Guide


finishChoosing the right finish for your print job can make all the difference to the success of your printed materials.

The perfect finish can create a sense of professionalism and class. But with so many finishing options you might not know where to start – until now!

A Beginner’s Guide to Printing Finishes


Embossing creates a raised impression on your paper for added texture and emphasis. Embossing adds a tactile dimension to your materials. Your messages can literally be felt by the reader.


The opposite of embossing is – debossing. This is also known as letterpress and will create a depression in your paper and is great for adding physical depth to your designs.


Lamination gives a soft finish to your paper. It is both water and tear resistant. Lamination works particularly well with bright vibrant colours and will make photographs more clear and sharp. You can choose between satin, dull or glossy lamination finishes.


Often associated with wood, a varnish is a liquid coating that is added to your paper to give a smooth and consistent finish. The varnish can be glossy or matte and will seal your paper not to mention – help to preserve it. This option is particularly popular for magazines and brochures.


A foil is a heat processed coating which is added to parts of your design to give contrast – usually on the text or logo. The most common foil colours are gold and silver, but other colours are available. Foil is primarily used to give the impression of luxury.


Die-cutting can be very impactful and involves cutting shapes or designs out of the paper using a die. Depending on your needs, you may need to get a die template created – or your printer might have a template already created – like, for example, a template for rounded corners.

For more information about the finishing options available at your local Kwik Kopy centre, give us a call today

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