Debossing The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly | visionartHi everyone, I'm working on a project- making a DIY book cover. I've figured out how to assemble the book already but the cover baffles me. How can I deboss the cover with foil so that the lettering title will be on the cloth cover? I was thinking about using black book cloth, or leatherette, but I just don't know how to depress the lettering of the title onto the front cover or the spine itself. Any ideas?
Debossing 101: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
We love to see the creative deboss designs on books ordered each week, as unique as the people in the books. With so many new colors of cover material and deboss foil to choose from, it can be hard to know what will look best on the cover. We have a few recommendations to help with this process. If used on Metallic Leather, it will be very hard to see it, so you may be happier with Clear or a color foil for the deboss. The only cover we do not recommend Blind on is Toasted Marshmallow Bookcloth. Due to the grain of the fabric, it tends to hide Blind debossing, so color foil will look best. Clear is the impression of the hot stamp with clear foil on the cover material, for a shiny finish.
Embossing is simply raising the surface of your design so that it has some depth. As for how it relates to graphic design—embossing has been used as a finish for high end printed products for hundreds of years. Emboss can be used by itself or together with foil, coatings or printing. This is usually done with a male counterpart underneath the paper, so that the paper is sandwiched between the two and the design is transferred to the paper. Although embossing seems to be quite deep visually, it is commonly no more than 15 microns and at most, 25 microns.
Debossing or deep impression printing is an excellent print technique to add a tactile and dimensional feel to your business stationery. While every design takes on a different effect when debossing, thicker and larger logos perform best when plunging into cottony, plush paper stock. Debossing is also great for book covers and other premade objects. People often ask us if their deboss will be legible. We find that a punched-in stamp creates a play of shadow and light against the existing surface texture. For bold designs, a more textured surface is appropriate, but for fine lines, it is best to stamp into a very smooth material to ensure maximum visibility. Looking for tone-on-tone printing?
Although most indie authors produce ebooks and print on demand paperbacks, more and more are finding a use for hardbound books. These cases are usually foiled and stamped, especially the cloth cases. This part of the book production uses technology that dates directly back to the invention of letterpresses, the earliest type of printing equipment.
PrintNinja is the premier offset printer for independent creators and small businesses. These options are ideal for designers seeking ways to make elements of their cover art pop off the page. With both approaches, covers take on more of a three-dimensional appearance compared to traditional paperbacks and hardcovers. Embossing raises certain parts of the paper, bringing them forward so the eye is directed towards these areas first. The process of embossing involves the use of a special custom die. The die is carved to align seamlessly with the image or text to be embossed.