What is the difference between embossing and debossing, and how are they used in printing?

What is Embossing/Debossing?

Embossing is the process of creating a three-dimensional image or design on paper or other material.  It is accomplished by creating a die, which is then stamped onto the paper, raising the embossed area above the rest of the sheet.

Embossing is often done a company’s logo, names of publications, on product images, or artistic elements.

The embossing can be done with a single-level die, raising everything the same degree. Or a multi-level die can be used, creating a variety of raised levels.

You can emboss a printed image, which is called registered embossing (meaning the embossing is registered to a certain area).  Or you can emboss a non-printed area, called blind embossing.  Blind embossing is usually done on the cover of a brochure or catalog or on business cards and stationery. Typically it will be an embossed logo, company name or even a product.

Debossing uses the same process, except instead of creating a raised effect, a recessed effect is created.

Embossing/Debossing is done after the piece has been printed and requires a separate press run.

For more information on embossing or to get a quote, please give us a call at 818-709-1220 or email us at info@clearprint.com.  If you’d like to come by and see samples of embossing, we are located in Chatsworth, an easy drive from Valencia, Sun Valley, Simi Valley, Pacoima and Van Nuys.

Published On: June 20th, 2012 / Categories: Print Finishing, Printing / Tags: , , , , /