August 31, 2017 | Kopytek
Finishing to a print project is like frosting to a cake. You must start with excellent ingredients to create a great foundation. While quality ingredients and thorough prep is the recipe for a great cake, it’s the finishing touches that provide the “wow” factor. Believe it or not, the same applies to paper. We provide a multitude of excellent paper options to create perfectly printed materials with professional finishes for a great first impression.
Finishing refers to all the activities that are performed on printed material after printing. This includes binding, the fastening of individual sheets together and decorative processes such as die-stamping, embossing or laminating. When selecting your paper and finishes, it’s important to think about how your paper will be used (i.e. Will it be exposed to the elements? Will it be written on? Folded? Etc.).
Print finishes can inject much-needed texture, add some heft, or simply improve the overall appearance and strength of your printed designs. Keeping with our cake analogy: plain, smooth frosting will still taste great, but adding those special details and finishing touches will make it look as great as it tastes. Craving cake, yet?
Selecting the best ingredients, or in our case the best paper products, at the beginning of the printing process ensures beautifully-finished end results. There is no lack of options when it comes to selecting the perfect paper for your print project. We are more than happy to help you choose wisely. Here are some of the items you’ll need to take into consideration:
Varnishes and lamination help increase the durability and enhance the look of a print project. Varnishes are applied to paper for the same reason they’re applied to wood – to give it a smooth, consistent texture and protect your design. Varnish will provide some protection to your materials. It can also add interest and a sleek look and feel to your project.
Similar to varnish, lamination involves applying a protective layer of coating. This is the most durable coating offered. However, laminate coating is usually made from plastic, so it adds strength to your printed design and can also make it water resistant. Remember when we mentioned exposure to the elements?
Want to create an extra-rich look and feel for your printed materials? Letterpress is your answer. If it were a cake, it would be covered in edible 24K gold leaf. Letterpress, also known as debossing, is the physical opposite of embossing. Instead of raising the pattern, letterpress depresses or indents portions of your page. Trust us, if you want a formal finish, this will make a lasting impression!
Kopytek loves putting the finishing touches on your project. It’s the extra frosting on a cake and it’s the love we put into every project we print. Let us help guide you through the printing and finishing process to deliver a beautiful and professional print project. Please call us at 314-432-2700 or message us at http://kopytek.com/contact/.
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