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Blind embossing

Buchdruck aka. Letterpress
Letterpress
10. April 2018
Einladung der Stiftung Buchkunst - Varianten
Invitation with hot-foil stamping for Stiftung Buchkunst
4. April 2018

Light and shadow make an impact!


The process


Blind embossing is one of the truly classical embossing print processes – old-school but not in the least bit outmoded.

Experienced engravers either engrave by hand using a burin or use computer-assisted engraving techniques to produce a brass embossing die. The quality of the engraving decides the precision, sharpness of the margins and level of detail. It also explains why, in order to achieve a perfect result, we never use any etched bossing dies.

Expert setting of the embossing die in the press is essential to maintain the integrity of the details. Taking the substrate and its characteristics into account, the engraving and its counter need are made. These are set perfectly against one another – this is especially important when the paper is thin, as this does not allow for the same relief height compared to thicker substrates such as cotton stock.

This is the way we ensure that your blind embossing will be both an optical and a tactile success. Who says that avoiding color is boring? It’s just the opposite!

Variations of blind embossings


Embossing

The embossed object is raised above the substrate's surface. This can be done in a single or multiple layers.

Recessed embossing / Debossing

The embossed object is recessed into the print substrate. This can be done in a single or multiple layers as well.

Relief embossing

Everyone handles this type of embossing every day: embossing on coins is mostly in relief form. Just like a sculptor, the engraver produces a realistic, three-dimensional object.


Examples of successful printed products using this technique:

Relief blind embossing of Cologne Cathedral

Relief blind embossing of Cologne Cathedral

Relief blind embossing for a paper samples book

Relief blind embossing for a paper samples book