Foil Print

Adding impact through metallic foils. The process of hot stamping foils is a traditional yet still very popular method of branding notebooks.

Foil Print

What is a foil print?

The process of foil printing is quite simple and actually quite traditional. A true analogue process in a digital age, even if it may well be done by an automated machine these days. The foil itself is an incredibly fine material that comes in rolls, and is applied to the notebook cover through a heat-stamping process. It really is that simple. A die is used, exactly as you would use for a blind embossing, but unlike with embossing you put a layer of foil between the die and the notebook. The die is heated, as with a blind embossing as well, and when the die is stamped onto the cover it prints the foil onto the notebook.

We can achieve amazing detail with a foil print process and the result can have a big impact. Unlike an embossing, foil printing tends to leave a more noticeable finished result, especially if you are opting for a high-contrast foil like gold, silver or white on a dark notebook. For some this may be the ideal result, for others this may be too much. It depends on what you are looking for from a branded notebook and who you are giving the book to.

So what are the advantages of a foil print?

  • The foil finish can create a high-impact result, especially if you opt for a metallic foil. Metallic foils achieve a result that can’t be achieved through digital printing.

  • The detail of a foil print is fantastic and makes for a beautiful finished result.

  • Tactile - foil printing is a physical printing process in a way that digital printing isn’t. It has a subtle feel to touch because it has been stamped onto the book.