If you try to run a foil through a press it will be destroyed by the heat. Foiling is only done following printing. You cannot run foil on an offset press, inline. Foil and inks require two different types of presses, one offset and one letterpress.
SPECIALTY PAPERS FOR SPECIAL FOLKS
Paper houses offer metallic gold, silver and other “cast coated stock” with many in both text and cover weight. King James is a popular brand but there are many other less expensive ones and they all print well. There are other substrates such as Mylar, foil, plastic, etc. but they are not suitable for the average offset printing press.
FOUR SCORE AND SEVEN FOLDS AGO
Other than point thickness, you can also take into consideration paper type. Point grade stocks are of less quality than cover grades and will more than likely require die scoring thus raising your cost to produce, thus the price to the customer. Therefore it is generally best to use a good cover grade than a C1S or C2S board. Anything over 100# gloss book (5 pt) should be scored by at least a rotary bindery score. Grain direction will also help in folding. If you fold with the grain, you will be less likely to see cracking on the fold.
3D: OLD IS NEW AGAIN
The most popular form of 3D printing today is called “lenticular printing”. It is a form of printing that uses multiple images flattened into one digital file. it is somewhat similar to animation as it is created. It is not an inexpensive process. 🙂
CROMALINS, THE FILM PROOFING MEDIA OF CHOICE BACK IN THE DAY
Cromalins were used as a contact proof from the film in order to show color and registration. This is also a product from DuPont, and the generic name is Match Proof or Matchprint. It is actually 3 layers of materials made by outputting from the press ripped file as separations. They are then assembled as a CMYK composite and a clear overlay is added to the top to hold all in place. It is no longer an accurate gauge as film was never quite accurate due to stretching and registration issues due to the material as compared to today’s digital offset printing where the file is burned directly to the plate by laser.
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