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   Laminator Embossing and Foil Stamping


Foil Stamping: Some laminators are available which can be used to simulate foil stamping. The document must have been already printed: the "foil stamping" is done before the document is laminated. The foil is placed over the area that's to be affected; it is run through the laminator then the foil is removed: the selected area will now look like it has been foil-stamped. It's then laminated in the ordinary fashion.

To employ this process, the laminator must be protected by a carrier. This is a folded piece of cardboard with a nonstick coating on one side (the glossy side). It keeps any excess adhesive from getting on the laminator rollers and thereby reducing its overall life span and performance.

See also Laminator Safety

Embossing: A pattern can be impressed on the exterior of the laminate - such as a logo or "watermark" - for enhanced impressiveness of the lamination. This is accomplished by use of a special roller, which has a reverse-relief image of the desired pattern impressed upon it; preparation of the roller is a separate process defined by the laminator manufacturer. The embossing machine usually does not laminate - therefore imposing a two-step process - but there are machines which can do both (although not at the same time). These latter machines have controls to switch from one roller to the other easily: one example is the Sagitta.

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