I received some amazing print samples today from my printer of choice, RCS, here in England (BTW, this is Not an affiliate article!).
The samples I was sent demonstrate a new technology that isn’t even available until next year – Digital Embossing.
To quote the RCS information pack:
Digital Embossing is a post print process which applies a high build varnish patented ink jet technology.
The varnish is flash cured to form a hard crystal clear raise. Digital embossing gives a finish which may initially be compared to spot UV varnishing. But it is better, ten times better, because the ‘lift’ is more than 500 microns (0.5mm) which gives the effect of embossing your work. Of course if you want a thinner layer we can do that too.
Here are some more images of the embossed card samples:
As can be seen, the raised-varnish areas look superb. It also feels great running your fingers across the texture—I can’t wait for an opportunity to try this technology out. A major advantage is that because the process is digital, every print can be totally unique. This wasn’t possible before, as “true embossing” was tagged with high setup-costs for just a single file setup.
The setup of artwork for Digital Embossing is as simple as setting, say, custom Pantone® colours in other channels of a Adobe® CS application file.
What do you think of this “new era in print technology”. Would you use it?