Did You Know: Embossing and Debossing

Mon, 2020-07-06

Next on our series, is Embossing (and Debossing)!

Embossing is a fan favourite of print aficionados. The way that it elevates a particular design on printed materials remains unbeatable in our books. Debossing is a cousin to Embossing, similar in their processes but provide opposite results.

Embossing is the process of pressing a die (aka a personalised metal stamp) into paper or cardstock to create a 3D design. It results in a raised surface, with the design higher than the surrounding paper area. On the other hand, Debossing is essentially the opposite of its counterpart - it results in a depressed surface, with the design lower than the surrounding paper area.

It's no surprise as to why these printing methods is so popular. This popular print method provides your final product with a fascinating, modern look. The impressed design is almost an optical illusion, due to the fact that you can see and feel real depth on a flat surface. Running your fingers over said design gives an unexplainable satisfying feeling.

While vanilla Embossing and Debossing are already plenty enough in giving head turners, pairing them with other specialised printing methods such as foil stamping or adding ink, grants your printed work the ability to transform from fine to phenomenal!

These printing methods have auras of professionalism and elegance, so they are most often seen on business stationery. From company folders to event invitations, the duo are responsible for raising their wow factor. The most common way these printing methods are used, is for highlighting key elements of a brand, such as company logos or initials. Different elevations on a flat piece of paper catches eyes easily, hence using it to print components that you want to be seen is a smart strategy.

Interested in using Embossing or Debossing in your future printed works? Contact us through our website for any enquiries! For additional Letterpress love and inspiration, follow our Instagram page (instagram.com/pyprstudio).

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