How to order embossing services

Embossing adds a touch of class and elegance to paper. An image can either be raised (embossed), or indented (debossed.) Either option requires the use of a female die and a matching male counter die. Here is some embossing language to use when ordering custom embossing services.

Definitions of Embossing Techniques

Emboss: Raised pattern created by pressing paper into a relief.
Deboss: Indented impression created by pressing paper into a relief.
Sculpting: A process of enhancing natural, intricate images. It is required for intricate details that can only be accomplished by hand sculpting.
Blind Embossing: Embossing without print. A raised impression made without using ink or foil on the embossed image.
Registered Embossing: A process that places the embossed image in alignment with another element created with ink, foil, punching, or with a second embossed image.
Cold Embossing: No heat is used during the embossing process.
Heat Embossing: Heat is used in the process.
Single Level Embossing: Simple, non-sculpted effect. Single level dies can be made of magnesium, copper or brass. If specific depths and edges are required, a brass embossing die will need to be used.
Multi-Level Embossing: When multiple levels of embossing is required. Requires a brass die. Layered file showing different levels is required.

Common questions:

What is the best paper stock for embossing? The best paper stock for embossing is any paper stock above 100# Cover (weight of paper), as this substrate tends to highlight the embossing effect to a great degree. Almost everything has recycled fiber in it. Lower recycled content is better for embossing, so try to avoid a PCW of 30% or higher. Ideally, you don’t want any PCW in your stock for embossing or scoring, but 10 to 20% is fine. Recycled paper fibers are weak and tend to separate easier during the embossing production.

Do I need to setup anything special for an embossing design? Artwork for creating dies should be sent as original art files, such as Illustrator (or other vector files) to insure crisp, solid images to create the die. If multi-level embossing is desired, create a vector file with each of the embossing levels represented in a different color.

Which type of emboss/deboss die…

Need Copper Die Brass Die
Good etching attributes X  
Single level embossing X  
Re-use over and over again X  
Versatility   X
Hand engraving or routing   X
Control depth and bevel   X
Best beveled edge   X
Intricacy, sculpted multi-level embossing   X

If you would like to learn more about embossing dies, read more at the Steel Rule Diemasters link on embossing dies here.

Converting Solutions can either work with your printer to finish your custom embossing production needs, or help you from start to finish.


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