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Debossing and embossing are methods used for imprinting design onto paper, leather, and vinyl. But there is a slight difference between the both techniques. In the debossing method, the image is pressed into the material and the area around the image is pushed down into the material.
On the other hand, in embossing the impression is created by placing the dies in contact with the stock under high pressure. The result of emboss is different on different kinds of materials. Some of the types of embossing that can be done are:
- Blind embossing
- Tint embossing
The embossing procedure is inexpensive and have many uses. Some of the uses includes embossing the names on credit cards and braille books for blind.
Process of Debossing
The process for debossing and embossing is similar. It is a simple and cost-effective process to improve the look and feel of the surface of any material. During the process, there are some factors that needs attention. These includes:
- Metal dies that will be used
- The surface material to be used
- The creation of the design
- Debossing details.
Debossing raises the material around the die impression rather than raising the design area. The dies that are used in debossing method are brass, magnesium, and copper.
There are different techniques through debossing can be achieved.
The blind debossing can be used with either screen printing or foil stamping. In the screen process, the artwork is printed onto the surface of the product and then the outline of the print is debossed. This is done using die for the silk screen print.
On the other hand, in the foil stamping technique, the foil is transmitted to the material using a metal die. Then the same die is used for debossing the area. Debossing is easy than embossing and produces colorful and more detailed design.
Types of Debossing Dies
There are many different kinds of dies for debossing. Following are the metal dies:
Magnesium dies are used for easy debossing projects that have short runs. They are able to provide up to 5,000 impressions. The designs are large and simple. What makes them special is that they are least expensive of all the dies.
The brass dies is the most commonly used die for debossing technique. They are flexible and can be made by machines or semi-photographic process. The brass die is the most expensive kind of die because it is created by a machine called pantograph. In some cases, it is made by the hand. This is ideal for longer runs as it can offer up to 1,000,000 impressions. It provides highest quality reproduction and sharp details.
Copper dies are usually used in between the magnesium and brass. They are capable of running up to 100,000 impressions. Brass dies provide good detail and reproduction of images and designs.
Advantages of Debossing
Here are some benefits of debossing.
- It offers a professional look.
- It is perfect choice for branding option as it does not discolor.
- Debossing is an easy and simple technique for branding.
Materials on which embossing and debossing techniques can be used are:
Products Suitable for Debossing
See examples below...