Lamination is a post-printing process that involves applying pressure and heat to adhere a thin plastic layer, known as a laminate. Its primary purpose is to protect the printed material from everyday wear and tear while enhancing its durability. Lamination is available in four textures: gloss, matt, soft touch and anti-scuff.
Lamination comes in three distinct textures, each lamination gives a very different texture to the print.
Matt lamination provides a subdued, non-reflective finish with a smooth texture. It is frequently used for applications like brochure covers. It also adds appeal and luxury whilst protecting the ink from cracking.
Gloss lamination offers a high-shine surface similar to glossy magazine covers.
Velvet lamination gives a luxurious matte finish with a soft, almost velvety texture. It’s commonly chosen for items like packaging and product guides.
Laminating your printing offers a multitude of benefits, including:
Lamination safeguards your print from damage. For example, it can prevent business card edges from fraying and extend the lifespan of brochures, leaflets and posters.
A specific finish enhances the perceived quality of your print. Magazines use glossy covers to make them visually appealing, and novels utilise velvet lamination for a pleasing tactile experience. This is especially advantageous for business cards, as the tactile quality contributes to a first impression of your brand.
The choice of lamination type affects the overall colour presentation. Matt lamination results in slightly muted colours, while gloss lamination amplifies colour vibrancy. Velvet lamination gives colours a deep, rich appearance.
Lamination can be applied to various flat and folded print items, making it versatile and suitable for a wide range of projects. Here’s a list of items that can be enhanced with lamination:
- Business cards
- Folded leaflets
- Stapled booklets
- Perfect bound booklets
- Wire-bound booklets
- Presentation Folders