Four-color process printing is also known as CMYK process. CMYK uses the four color process for creating print media, so always talk to your sales representive about your print job before you begin designing it.The four color process method is used to reproduce images, artwork and various print media, quality and cost may vary based on the paper and quantity printed.
The most common kind of offset printing is derived from the photo offset process, which involves using light-sensitive chemicals and photographic techniques to transferimages and type from original materials to printing plates. In current use, original materials may be an actual photographic print and typeset text. However, it is more common - with the prevalence of computers and digital images - that the source material exists only as data in a digital publishing system.
Foil stamping is one of the methods we use to apply artwork to our paper & padded certificate holder products. It is the best method available for decorating colored paper. Artwork for foil stamping should be "line art" using only solid fills and lines without half-tones or screen tints. The artwork is applied to the paper using heat and pressure, and will generally leave a slight flat indentation of the foil into the paper.
Our most popular foil colors are shown on our Foil Color Chart. Metallic Foils include Gold, Silver and a series of other Metallized Colors with mirror or matte finishes. Non-Metallic Colors have a gloss finish. Other types of foils are available on a Special Order basis including Holographic Patterns, Matte Finish Non-Metallic Colors, Pastel Colors, Pearlescent Colors, and Tint Foils.
Embossing is typically accomplished by applying heat and pressure with male and female dies, usually made of copper or brass, that fit together and squeeze the fibers of the substrate. The combination of pressure and heat raises the level of the image higher than the substrate. " Debossing" is similar to embossing, but recesses the design rather than raising it.
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 colored, is called "color register embossing." Embossing used in conjunction with foil stamping is called "combination stamping" or "combo stamping."