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We have put together a detailed list of common questions regarding artwork and material requirements for Foil Blocking, Embossing, Die Cutting and Large Format Printing.

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Artwork should be supplied as vector image for the best results. 100% size and 100% black in PDF or EPS format.

Image to be foiled/embossed should be within 20mm from the edges of the sheet. Grip should be top and right or bottom and left.

Images that have fine lines out of solids may fill in when foiled on certain materials.

A heated die of the required image is used to stamp the foil onto a wide range of materials.

Foil will cover solid inks so no need to white out lettering or design to be foiled.

Only special foils will foil onto UV varnish, please enquire for advice.

Envelopes can be foiled but try to avoid foil going over double to triple thicknesses.

If prints are to be put through a laser printer after foiling it needs to be foiled in laser compatible foil which is only available in silver & gold.

The maximum size sheet on the GTP is 353mmx500mm (B3).

For larger sheets we have a Nebiolo cylinder machine which can foil sheets up to 650mm x 960mm (slightly larger than SRA 1).

Embossing or de-bossing sometimes can get misinterpreted. Embossing makes your printed image stand out by using a female die and a male counterforce and when pressed raises the image.

There is also blind emboss which is the same process but the image is blank with no colour.

De-bossing has the opposite affect pressing the image into the material.

Embossing thick card with thin lines will only emboss half as deep as the thinnest line.

Blocks are made in magnesium which is the lowest cost material and best for most work.

Copper and brass dies are also available for long runs or repeat orders, with copper being excellent for fine detail.

Fluted dies can be supplied where foiling and embossing is required and is done in one pass therefore reducing cost of running.