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Watermark

A true watermark is a recognizable image or pattern in paper that appears lighter or darker than surrounding paper when viewed with a light from behind the paper, due to paper density variations. A watermark is made by impressing a water coated metal stamp or dandy roll onto the paper during manufacturing. Watermarks were first introduced in Bologna, Italy in 1282; as well as their use in security printing, they have also been used by paper makers to identify their product. For proofing the authenticity, the thinner part of the watermark will shine brighter with a light source in the background and darker with a dark background. The watermark is a proven anti-counterfeit technology because most counterfeits are simulating its appearance by a printing pattern only.

Hot Foil

This is a method of foiling that requires a special tool and can achieve finer and higher quality detail than cold foil. Hot foil has a premium, luxurious effect that is used to communicate quality. Hot foils have a wider range of colours and effects such as holographic compared to cold foil.

Cold Foil

An alternate method of foiling that requires a plate and is more cost effective than hot foil due to the lower set up costs. A selected range of colours and effects such as holographic are available.

Emboss

A textured, prestigious effect created by raising a design or image from the label surface to give a tactile feel or highlight certain design elements.

Silk Screen

The screen process has the ability to print a smooth, controllable lay-down of ink. It is used to create high build coatings (see below) and to print high density, opaque inks. This gives excellent depths of colour and is particularly effective when using a white either on its own or to provide a base for vibrant design elements.

High Build

Utilising the silk screen process we can create a High Build coating that gives a tactile, premium effect that highlights key design areas. Also called braille effect, it sits above the label surface.

Lamination

The entire label surface can be finished in either a gloss or matt lamination film, which provides a high impact finish in addition to strong moisture and scuff protection.

Flood Coating

The entire label surface can be finished in either a gloss or matt coating.

Spot Coating

Gloss or matt spot coatings can be used over an element of the design to highlight it or to create a pattern. When used with a contrasting lamination film, a very effective look can be achieved.

Textured Coating

We have a number of coating options for achieving a textured look and feel to the label, including our super-gritty sandpaper coating.

Metallic Ink

Metallic inks are used to create a similar effect to foil, via the shine of the metallic particles found in the ink.

Holographic strip Holographic stamp Scratch Invisible UV Pen Reactive Thermochromic Flourescence Microtext HoloOverlay