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Print Embossing Services

Add a unique texture to your print products that creates a memorable look and feeling.

A Tactile Print Experience

Embossing – Finishing By Legacy is dimension. Embossing is raised lettering, design or texture. Embossing is done by pressing a sheet of paper (or other substrate) into a female die, that has a design engraved or etched into it. This is usually done with a male counterpart underneath the paper, so that the paper is sandwiched between the two and the design is transferred to the paper. Finishing By Legacy has state of the art equipment that is calibrated with precision to get the exact embossed effect you desire. Just about anything that is thin, flat and malleable can be embossed. This includes paper, plastic film, metal foil and much more. Often used in combination with foil stamping, embossing alters the surface of paper stock or other substrates by providing a three-dimensional or raised effect on selected areas.

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The procedure requires the use of two dies: one that is raised and one that is recessed. The dies fit into each other so that when the paper is pressed between them, the raised die forces the stock into the recessed die and creates the embossed impression. A specific level of pressure is applied to the dies in order to squeeze the fibers of the paper, which results in a permanently raised area in the paper. When the dies are produced, we engrave the desired image into several metal plates, which are the embossing dies for use on an embossing press. We have a thorough understanding of the process which produces the successful desired result. Generally, embossing is the process most often employed to attract attention or convey a high quality textural contrast in relation to the surrounding area of the paper stock. Embossing is basically used to create a distinctive effect.

Popular Embossed Products

Here's some inspiration to see what products you can foil stamp.

Promo Products

Folders, flyers, and maps are great examples of embossed items that stand out.

Business Cards

Add a tactile element to your business card to make your name literally stand out.


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The greatest concern and emphasis on the client’s behalf should be placed on the outcome of the embossed effect. In order to achieve the best possible effect, it is important to understand the embossing process and the types of dies that are used for embossing. The three factors that need to be controlled during the embossing process are: 

  1. Pressure: the intensity of the impact on the weight of the stock being embossed.
  2. Heat: the ability to maintain a consistent heat level for the best impression.
  3. Die depth: the client's artwork or the engraver's efforts will initially determine the die depth, however, if by looking at the artwork it appears that an adjustment of the die depth may be necessary, the die may need to be retooled to achieve a greater depth. Most types of paper can be embossed, and size is not normally a consideration. Embossing without ink, so that the image is raised but not colored, is called “blind embossing”. Embossing used in conjunction with ink, so that the raised area is coloured, is called “colour register embossing”. Embossing used in conjunction with foil stamping is called “combination stamping” or “combo stamping”.

Embossing involves a separate stage in the production process, after any varnishing and laminating. It requires a separate press run, and is priced accordingly. In addition to being used as a design element, embossing can be used to improve the performance of paper products like napkins, diapers, and tissue paper. 

Embossing is an elegant addition to stationary, envelopes, greeting cards, business cards, brochures, presentation folders, labels, images, logos, packaging and much more. Embossing engages the consumer with texturized letters or images that call out an emphasis to make your printed pieces come alive. The Finishing By Legacy gives each aspect of the embossing technique a personal touch, assuring quality production during each phase of the job. Talk to us today about how embossing can enhance any of your printing needs.