Embossing and Debossing

What is embossing and debossing?

Embossing is the process of creating raised areas on the paper used. Debossing is the opposite, in which imprints are created in a lower level – depth. What’s embossed on one side is going to be debossed on the opposite side. These two techniques are used to either impress or depress a design into paper.

The paper is placed among two dies. Then pressure is applied to the dies in order to squeeze the fibers of the paper, which results in a permanently raised or recessed area.

Combining Embossing and Debossing

Embossing and debossing can be used in combination with offset printing to add impact to a design. They can be also combined with Spot UV and Hot Foil. When Hot Foil is applied on the embossed or debossed areas then those appear as three dimensional. Imagine the impact a business card can have if these techniques are to be applied on a specialty paper!

Another impressive technique is the blind embossing or debossing. In this case the embossed or bebossed design is not coloured with ink or hot foil and is a matter of casted shadows whether the pressed areas will be readable or not. Dark papers are not suitable for this technique.

What should we look out for? 

Embossing and debossing can be applied on duplex and triplex papers but  during duplexing and triplexing the papers are fused together so the pressing reduce the Die Stamping effect. Debossing holds better than embossing in this case.

In case of single paper, you need to consider the back side of your business card. When embossing is applied on the front side then it creates a debossed area on the back side (and rise-versa). You can take advantage of this fact and add some cool visuals to your business cards.

Samples of Embossing and Debossing

Here are some samples of business cards with Embossing and Debossing


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