Embossing

Certain products have an option to add an Embossed shape onto areas of your design.

How to supply us your Embossed elements

All of our InDesign templates include specific colour swatches for all finishing options. Simply supply us your embossed shapes filled in spot colour 'EMBOSSINI' on page 3 of your PDF.

OR the instructions below detail how to set up the colour yourself:

1. Create a New Colour Swatch
2. Name the swatch 'EMBOSSINI' (must be exact)
3. Set Colour Type to Spot
4. Set Colour Mode to CMYK
5. Colour Make-up of EMBOSSINI is 30% Cyan, 0% Magenta, 37% Yellow and 0% Black (must be exact)
6. Set swatch to Overprint (Window > Output > Attributes)

Design with a little tolerance for mis-registration

The Embossing is applied using by applying pressure from the reverse with a die and stretching the fibres of the paper. This means that the  registration with print can vary by ±1 mm. This means you should expect the Embossed element to move around the page by up to ±1mm.

If you are aiming to cover a printed shape having a hard edge, then the Embossed area should overlap the printed edge by 1 mm to allow for any inherent variations in registration.

Don't try to align fine detail

Embossing is not suited to alignment with fine detail, such as small type, or shapes with thin lines.

Our rule of thumb:

  1. avoid positive lines thinner than 1 mm, and
  2. avoid reversed-out lines thinner than 2 mm.

You’ll get best results when you don’t try to match the Embossing to printed objects, and instead treat it as a design element in its own right Seperate Embossed elements should have a minimum spacing of 1mm. Placing elements too close to each other will result in them becoming one shape and filling in.

Avoid using Embossing on small text. Fine fonts, particularly those with Serifs or tapered lines do not produce good results. The thinnest part of the font must be 1mm in width.

Avoid large Embossed areas over the page edge

Avoid having areas of Embossing bleeding to the edge as chipping, flaking and flattening of the embossed area may occur once the job has been guillotined.

Vectors only for Embossing

Embossed elements must be supplied in vector format; any text shapes to be spot-varnished must be converted to paths/outlines.

Solid Embossing only; no tints

Embossing cannot be specified as a gradient or tint, i.e. a changing tint from 100% to 0% over an area of artwork.

Embossing Depth

Embossing depth cannot be accurately measured. It is a process where the finisher determines the depth based on artwork and paper stock, and then has to continually maintain throughout the run. As a rule pressure will be applied to ensure depth will be as deep as possible without cracking the paper. Embossing on printed areas creates more opportunity for cracking and this cracking will be more noticeable on dark colours. Be aware that the reverse of the printed item will be "de-bossed", this may distort the design or text on the reverse.

Need Help?

If you would like some more information or advice when setting up your Embossed artwork, please get in touch oninfo@ghpm.co.uk or call us on 01929 422141.