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Stages of Business Card Printing Part 1

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Stages of Business Card Printing  Part 1

Your company's brand is represented by your business card. It not only conveys vital personal contact details such as name, title, email, website, address, and phone number, but it is also often the first exposure to the company's overall image.

When we start or enter a new company, business cards are always the first piece of marketing we print, and with today's digital printing techniques, anyone can get professional business cards without breaking the bank.

Below are five different styles of printing techniques for business cards.

1 - Varnish / Spot UV Printed Business Card Design

This printing technique is very common these days; people prefer a glossy effect on their business cards so that they don't look as plain as a worn-out old card. Varnish is a matte card coating that improves the card's longevity while also protecting it with a glossy coat on top. This printing technique improves the appearance of the business card. Only some parts/zones of the business cards are rendered to look richer and glossier using Spot UV. On, you can see some excellent examples of UV printing techniques.

Choosing Your Spot UV Areas

When it comes to Spot UV, the rule of thumb is that less is more. This is because it's a one-of-a-kind texture that adds depth to your paper, but too much of it can distract from the final product. Spot UV is intended to draw attention to specific areas by creating texture contrast; however, if used excessively, this dramatic finish will blend in with other elements. There are other options for getting full gloss on your print, such as ordering a gloss lamination (rather than a matt or velvet) during the order process.

What Should You Highlight?

Spot UV allows you to make every part of your document stand out more than the others. This is normally the company logo or the name of the company on business cards. Spot UV finish allows for easy text creation and can make a business card look very elegant and professional.

How to Prepare Your Artwork for UV Spot Printing

Spot UV is simple to produce during the design stage of a project; adding Spot UV directions later is much more difficult (or impossible, if the final document is a JPEG).

  • Build an extra layer in your design software and call it Spot UV.
  • Next, choose or make a really bright color and save it as ‘Spot UV.'
  • Copy any elements you want to have highlighted with a Spot UV finish to the first layer(s) of your paper. Next, paste these elements in the same place on your new Spot UV sheet.
  • Color all items applied to the Spot UV layer with your saved Spot UV color. When you display all layers together, your final artwork would look funny!
  • Remember to use matt lamination because the Spot UV requires a certain surface tension that glossier laminations do not have.
  • To avoid cracking during the folding or cutting processes, keep any Spot UV areas at least 3mm away from any page edge or fold.
  • The less Spot UV you use, the more noticeable it is!

2 - Letterpress Business Card Designs with Embossing / Debossing

Embossing is a procedure in which heat is usually forced into the card; no foil or ink is used in this method. It is a technique for giving the business card a thick texture. On the other hand, the method of Debossing is the inverse of that of Embossing; it produces the same result but the paper is directly pressed rather than bulging out. It generates visual effects in 3D. These embossing / debossing effects can be used on logos as well as letters.

One distinctive feature of this printing technique is that you cannot have one effect without also applying the other to the card. An embossed design will produce a reverse impression, deboss, on the reverse side, while a debossed design will produce a reverse raised effect, emboss, on the opposite side.

How is this done?

Embossing usually requires the production of a metal plate, known as a stamp, with the embossed graphics that will be printed. After that, the plate is rubbed against the material under it. The pressure improves the paper's consistency and produces a relief pattern that is etched on the matrix. Embossed patterns are made of long-lasting metal that can be used repeatedly.

Debossing is similar to pressing, but instead of moving the anvil from the bottom up, it is applied from the top down. Text and graphics are pressed onto the content rather than embedded into it, resulting in indents. You may assume this is the inverse of recording, but the reasons for using both methods are nearly similar. When you want to illustrate a specific part of a business card, such as a logo or key information, both embossing and debossing are successful methods. Embossing and embossing would add visual appeal and create a professional environment, increasing the identifiable value of your brand.

  May 05, 2021       by Adekunle Oludele       256 Views

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