Special Effects Printing - Foil, Spot Gloss, Embossing

 

Matte Papers, Laminations, Finishes, Die Cuts

  • Spot UV Gloss Ink and Matte Lamination on Disc Packaging

    Spot Gloss combined with Matte Lamination is a great way to add contrasting finishes to your project. Spot UV is just like the high gloss lamination, only used for specific areas (or spots). The rest of the package is finished with the Matte Lamination. Spot gloss is set up as a Spot Color in Illustrator or InDesign, and as a Channel in Photoshop.

    Check out this Featured Title Subswara's Spot Gloss Effects Spot UV Gloss Matte Lamination CD Digipak Packaging 6pp spot gloss matte lamination cd packaging spot uv ink matte lamination on 6pp digipak spot gloss matte lamination cd packaging 6pp digipak and disc metallic ink on 6pp digipak cd packaging
    Some other fun shots of spot gloss:
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  • Foil Stamping on Disc Packaging

    Hot foil stamping. Wow, what a look! There’s nothing like a little gold foil to really help a package to stand out. Or if gold isn’t your color, silver might be your choice… or basically any other color you can think of (we also have a selection of multi-colored rainbow foils). Foil does have some raised quality with it, but consider also combining it with embossing. Let our art department guide you on that. Foil stamping is setup as a Spot Color in Illustrator or InDesign, and as a Channel in Photoshop.

    red foil on cd packaging 4pp digipak

    Check out the Foil on FreezePop's Featured Title page :
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    Here are some other fun shots of foil:
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    silver and blue foil stamping on wide digipak 5x7 silver foil stamping matte lam on wide digipak 7inch width silver and blue foil stamping on wide digipak
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  • Metallic Ink Printing on Disc Packaging- Spot Color & Flood

    Metallic inks are a great way to add some sparkle to your package, while not as shiny as the foil stamping. The Pantone library has a number of metallic inks, with a great range of color. Metallic inks are setup as Spot Colors in Illustrator or InDesign, and as a channel in Photoshop.

    Here are some examples of flood silver metallic ink, often described as Apple -like packaging:
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    Examples of gold and copper metallic inks:
    gold metallic ink on cd packaging 6pp digipakgold metallic ink on cd packagingcopper metallic ink on dvd packaging 8pp tall digipak
    Minimal use of metallic ink can serve to highlight certain features or words on a package, like these titles:

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    Examples of metalic ink and spot gloss:
    silver metallic ink printing on cd digipak packagingmetallink ink and spot gloss on cd jacket

     
  • Comparing Metallic Ink and Foil Stamping on Fiberboard

    Here are some neat side by side comparisons of silver metallic ink printed on fiberboard, and hot foil stamped silver on fiberboard:



    Silver metallic is flat, matte. Foil is very shiny.

     
  • Using Metallic Ink on Discs, Silver Substrate, Disc Spot Varnish

    Clients who use metallic ink on the printed paper packaging often ask about using a metallic ink on the disc surface. Keep in mind that metallic inks are matte - they are not shiny as many people think. However, the disc material itself is quite shiny. So consider using combinations and knockouts to the substrate like these titles:
    disc printing metallic ink and substrate knockoutdisc printing using silver substrate in artsilver substrate in disc printing art design

    We did a test disc comparison for this title with a white flood coat, and without. Both versions are neat!
    disc white flood versus silver substrate

    Of course metallic isn't limited to silver ink. Here's an example of gold metallic on the disc to match the printed packaging:
    gold metallic ink disc printing

    An alternative to metallic inks or substrate knockouts, is to use disc varnish. Here's a gorgeous example:
    spot UV gloss varnish disc printing
    matte varnish disc printing spot UV

    See also special tips & tricks for disc printing

     
  • Setup of Special Effects in the Disc or Packaging Artwork

    The majority of special effects are set up as Spot Colors in your favorite graphic design or layout program. Call or e-mail to be walked through the process depending on your program of choice, or have one of our graphics specialists setup the special effects for you (may incur additional cost).

    One of our favorite titles for show & tell is the Deva Film Reel as it actually has all of the effects; hot foil stamping, embossing, debossing, spot UV glass & lamination. Be sure to check our the full spec for the special printing effects on Deva's Featured TItle page.
    photo of spot gloss and matte lam, deva film reelphoto of foil, spot UV gloss, matte lam, deva film reelphoto of slipcase, disc, traypak, special printing effects, gold foil

     
  • Embossing or Debossing on Disc Packaging

    Embossing is raised up from the packaging, while Debossing is impressed into the packaging. Both are great ways to give your package a tactile contrast. Follow this link for setup tips for adding embossing or debossing to your CD or DVD packaging.
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    See more examples of embossing or debossing on cd or dvd printed packaging

     
  • PIPS - Printed Inside Pockets and Spines, or
    RIP - Reverse Inside Printing....= 4C/4C or 4C/1C but not 4C/0C

    Reverse Inside Printing (RIP) or Printed Inside Pockets and Spines (PIPS) are terms that are used fairly interchangeably. They are both the same thing—used to insure that continuous images that cross the spines remain continuous, or so that the inside spines are not white.
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    Photo of 6pp Mega Tall Tray Pak, 4 disc set, slot pocket, die cut, PIPS inside printing- advertising firm 4pp miniLP jacket PIPS inner sleeve 4pp 2disc tall traypak pips Photo of 4pp tall jacket, Printed Inside Pockets and SpinesPhoto of Anna Sui Marketing CD, 6pp Tall Traypak, 2 disc set, diag lit pocket, slipcase, PIPSPhoto of 6pp traypak, midheight, Printed Inside Pockets and Spines PIPS, audio cd

    Our packages are two-ply thick at the panels, but are only one-ply thick at the spines. This allows the spines to move (and so that the front cover of the package won’t always be open when set flat on a table). RIP or PIPS will print on the reverse side of the stock at the spine or inside the pockets, so when constructed the spines will be beautiful! Say goodbye to white inside spines! RIP or PIPS will be setup by your graphics specialist if it is included in your project specification.

     
  • Custom Diecut Shapes, Windows, Knockouts

    Custom diecuts are a great way to add a special flare to your project. Whether it’s a window in a slipcase for something to show through on the packaging inside, or a special diecut for the thumbhole—custom diecuts are awesome! Special diecuts are included in the initial template that is sent out by our Graphics Department and is something that should be discussed with your Project Coordinator.
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  • Setting Up Special Efects Printing

    Although most professional-level graphics programs allow the use of spot colors, we find that the easier way to create spot effects is to create a new layer (or layers) in the program, then create art in one of the standard process colors. This allows you to work with your CMYK or RGB art without the limitations created with multi-channel files.
    The majority of special effects can be easily set up as separate layers in your favorite graphic design or layout program. Whatever color you use for embossing, have everything that needs the effect in a single color, at 100% ink. Call or e-mail to be walked through the process depending on your program of choice, or have a graphics specialists set up the special effects for you (may incur additional cost). Here are some pages that may help you with ideas:
    Special Printing Effects
    Hot Foil Stamping
    Embossing and Debossing
    Spot UV Gloss
    How to set up Spot Colors
    How to set up PIPS or reverse side printing
    Custom Die Cuts
    Unusual Folds and Shapes
    Metallic Ink printing
    Spot White Ink on Fiberboard Stock
    Special Disc Printing
    Uncoated Paper(Matte)
    Fiberboard Paper (brown, kraft)

    One of our favorite titles for show & tell is the Deva Film Reel as it actually has all of the effects; hot foil stamping, embossing and debossing, spot UV glass & lamination. Be sure to check our the full spec for the special printing effects on Deva's Featured TItle page.

    gold foil photo with spot gloss and matte lam, dvd film reel packagingDVD packaging with gold foil stamping, embossing, and spot UV gloss matte lamination contrastGold foil on DVD slipcase set,  disc, traypak, special printing effects

     

     

 

CD and DVD replication and packaging
 
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