Monday, 5 November 2012


Embossing and dembossing are similar processes that create a different result. Both processes involve making a metal plate and a counter. The plate is mounted on a press and the paper is stamped between the plate and counter. This force of pressure pushes the stock into the plate, creating the impression.

Embossing produces a raised impression on your paper stock, while debossing creates a depressed impression.
Things to remember when designing for a piece that includes embossing/debossing:
  • Be aware that embossing is a mechanical process that manipulates the paper stock, so by default, it will also manipulate your design.
  • Set your type with more space between letters than usual. If you put them too close to one another, they can merge and become one element once the embossing has been done. Embossing makes design elements look smaller and reduces the sharpness of smaller items.
There are two ways you can emboss your work at home: dry embossing and heat embossing.
Dry embossing, also called relief embossing, is done by tracing a stencil with some paper over it with a special tool called a stylus to get the raised effect on it.
Heat embossing, also referred to as stamp and heat embossing, is done by stamping an image on a piece of paper, sprinkling powder over the stamped image, and then applying heat.

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Embossing is the procedure by which the paper surface is pushed forward using an embossing die to cause a raised image. There are different types of embossing that can be done.

Types Of Embossing

Blind Emboss: A blind emboss is one which is not stamped over a printed image or with a foil. The color of the embossed image is the same as the color of the surface. You can also call it a self emboss or same color embossing.
Registered Emboss: This is an embossed image that exactly registers to a printed or foil stamped image. The printed image area is embossed to give is a raised look.
Single-Level Emboss: In this kind of embossing, the image area is raised to just one flat level.
Multi-Level Emboss: In this kind of embossing, the image area is raised to multiple levels having different depths. This gives the embossed image texture and added relief and makes it all the more interesting.
Sculptured Emboss: A sculptured emboss actually refers to a hand tooled process. It is made from a photograph or a drawing with various levels of depth to make the image appear realistic and multi dimensional.
Printed Emboss: In this kind of embossing, the embossed area registers with printed image. Depending on customer requirements and specifications, the bevel can stay inside the printed image or go outside it.
Tint Emboss: This is a relatively new creation where pearl or pastel foil is used for embossing. The methodology is the same as other embossing but the technique is very much in demand and vogue currently. Also, for tint embossing it is best to use white stock because pearl and pastel foils are transparent.
Combo Emboss: This refers to an embossed image that is also foil stamped.
Glazing: This refers to a polished emboss. Glazing is a popular technique used on dark colored stock. The heat and the pressure when pressing the die are increased substantially. This adds shine to the surface. If a very high temperature is used, light color papers can be scorched to change the paper color. This provides for great contrasting designs if done properly.
Debossing: The surface is depressed instead of raised as in embossing.

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