Thermographic printing is a slightly more affordable printing alternative to die stamping (copperplate printing) if you are still after a raised, textured finish. Instead of raising the actual paper (as occurs during die stamping), thermography involves the actual printed image being raised up. As a result of this you do not experience bruising on the reverse of the printed material.
Initially, thermography starts out like many of our other print techniques with a specific paper being flat printed (usually either lithographically, or by letterpress). While this ink is still wet a powdered resin is sprinkled over the top before the paper is run through a heating unit to effectively melt the resin onto the surface of the page. The result achieved through thermography will often be a high-gloss, shine and the textural feel can come across similar to that of a soft waxy, plastic.
• A common side effect of thermography is a slight ‘halo’ effect around wording or imagery. This is a result of the resin melting unevenly onto the paper. As a result, this process is not advisable if you are looking to create very fine and intricate levels of detail. If you are looking for this sort of finish, we would definitely recommend using die stamping (engraved printing) instead.
• If using on larger areas or heavy solids the finish can appear very blotchy
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