Author: Phoebe Holt

Why Finishing is More Profitable Than Printing

While the printing world understands that the print itself is the money-maker, the finishing touches can be the make-or-break element of a design. Why should we get into finishing? In general, printing is a grossly competitive market. The influx of Internet print companies has turned the power of full-color printing into an easily-grasped commodity that doesn’t present print shops with many avenues for displaying their unique talents. However, the use of finishes can revitalize the creative touch, since so many genuinely new and evocative ideas can now be done in finishing. It opens a whole aura of possibilities, focusing...

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New Laminating Applications for Label Printers

These days, options for print labeling are expanding, producing a variety of creative touches to make your labels outshine others on the market. Laminating applications like soft-touch, scuff-proof, linen, holographic, and more are all available to put your finest labels on display. Read on to discover some of the latest laminating techniques and applications to hit the industry. SoftTouch: The term “soft touch” refers to a finishing method that incorporates a velvety-soft feel to print materials. While many design elements in the industry pertain to ideas that appeal to one’s sight, the addition of a soft touch finish allows...

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Tips for Achieving Perfect Prints Through the Sleeking Process

The process of Sleeking has introduced an entirely new element of design including laminating finishes for the printing industry. It offers a wide arrangement of optical effects, paired with engaging tactile film layers, with the use of just one laminator in-house to form a simple yet beautiful product. With such an easy solution at your disposal, you can transform regular digital prints into works of art that make an impact. These aesthetically-pleasing prints mimic the traditional process of print work, for only a fraction of the cost. Sleeking provides a wider variety of scalable options as well, able to perform both short...

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Understanding the Characteristics of Thermal Laminating Films for Best Application

When considering the lamination process, it can be difficult to determine which film to use for effective application. Here, we’ve laid out some basic characteristics of each to better inform you of your lamination possibilities, giving you further insight into which thermal laminating film would be right for your project. There are three common laminating films most often used in the printing industry. They are: Polyester (PET): This film is the most popular in the marketplace, but it’s certainly not the cheapest. PET is used in most print shops, including schools and large production commercial printers for two-sided applications....

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Discovering the Differences in Laminating Film Finishes

When your project needs a glamorous exterior, adding a laminated finish can give it a polished, more refined look. Here are the various types of laminating film finishes to choose from when you’re hoping to achieve a more professional style. Matte Finish: Perfect for brightly-lit environments where your text or images won’t be overpowered by glaring light, this non-reflective method gives a sophisticated edge that’s also easily readable from all distances. Satin Finish: Working as a middle-ground between the dull matte and the high gloss, this medium-level finish can be the answer to adding some texture without overwhelming the...

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