Digital Foiling

Digital foiling is a cost-effective way to add foil to your design, without the cost of the foiling block being produced.

It is one of our most popular finishing services that we offer in-house, and it’s a technique that will make your prints look fantastic, giving your print a quality unrivalled by digital or litho printing methods, and really makes them stand out.

We are able to use many different metallic foils, for a truly impactful finish on business cards, invitations and brochure covers.

We offer a flexible service and are happy to take up unorthodox design jobs should you require it.

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Digital Foiling

Digital foiling is the process of adhering a metallic looking film to the surface of a substrate (a paper, board, some synthetic materials, etc).

A wide range of colours are available, the most popular tend to be golds, silvers, bronze and copper. There is a more limited colour pallet than the pantone swatches that printers and designers are used to.

Most foils are glossy and metallic, although there are some matt versions.

In general, substances that we would foil onto would include papers and boards.

Both coated and uncoated papers work well. We can also use lighter paper stock and foil directly onto self-adhesive material. We’ve previously been limited to using a laminated finish as a base to the foil, but our new foiling machine can print on most paper finishes. However, we’re happy to try out foiling on other paper if that’s what your design requires.

It tends to be smaller areas of detail or logos that are foiled. But there is no reason why larger areas cannot be foiled, though large solid areas of foil tend to be a rarity, for design reasons.

For a traditional foiling project, simple solid shapes that avoid fine details work the best; however, with digital foiling, we can achieve some really nice results with fine detail.

By adhering foil to a previously printed ink; where the ink is printed, the foil sticks to this specific area. Digital foiling uses the same principles as traditional foiling (heat and pressure) but it doesn’t leave an indentation, where traditional foiling would leave an indentation.

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