Foil printing, also known as letterpress foil stamping, is a versatile finishing technique that gives projects a lustrous surface finish. Foil printing involves applying either a metallic or colored foil to the surface of a printed project in order to enhance the overall appearance and add a creative, high-end element to printed projects.

Foil Printing

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Professional Foil Printing in New York City

There are multiple types of foil printing available, and our team at Thomas Group Printing can help you choose the best finishing technique for your next project.

The Foil Stamping Process

Traditional foil stamping involves etching a design onto a metal plate called a foiling die, similar to a rubber stamp. Once the design is on the die, the die is heated up and a thin layer of foil is placed between the die and the substrate. The die is then used to apply pressure to the foil and the printed surface, which causes the foil to permanently adhere to the paper in the shape of the etched design.

It’s possible to have multiple colors of foil during hot stamping services. To achieve this, multiple dies need to be made for each color and several runs of the press foiling machine are required to create the final design. Foils can also range from gloss metallics to matte finish depending on the level of shine desired. Foil stamping can add an additional element of professionalism and design to projects such as book covers and point of purchase materials including table tents, counter displays, and floor displays.

Types of Foils Used

Different types of foil can achieve different effects depending on the specifications of the project. Some of the most popular types of foils are:

  • Metalized foil. This material creates a shiny, metallic finish during the foil stamping process, with gold foil printing and silver being the most popular choices.
  • Pearl foil is commonly used on wedding invitations and greeting cards for a pearlescent shine
  • Holographic foil can produce 3D or rainbow-colored patterns and can be an ideal option for ID cards, credit cards, and print jobs that require security seals
  • Effects foils usually have multiple colored tones or patterns such as sparkles, stripes, and light diffractions
  • Scratch-Off foils are meant to be only temporarily adhered to the surface and are meant to conceal sensitive information. This type of foil is commonly found on lottery tickets and phone cards.

The type of foil stamping that’s best for your project will depend on many factors, and we’re here to help you plan your project to perfection every step of the way.

The Thomas Group Printing Difference

When it comes to professional printing in NYC, Thomas Group Printing specializes in a broad range of sheetfed, web, and digital print capabilities for the modern business world. We are fourth generation family owned and operated, so we know what it takes to adapt and make your business stand out. Reach out to us today to find out more about adding foil stamping to your project and what foil options are available.

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