Here at Q Print Group we offer a large range of specialty features for your printing. Adding these options to the post-printing process will help give your printing that special x-factor. These special features include foiling, spot UV, die cutting, and lamination.
At Q Print Group we use a digital foil printing method when applying foil to your print jobs. This is more cost effective and time saving than foil stamping as we do not need to create the stamps used in traditional foiling.
With our digital foil printing method, you will never be restricted to a single pre-made design. The big advantage of this being that you can custom foil names on wedding invitations and create unique designs without breaking the bank! There is also no waiting period to set up the printer since we do not need to change out foiling plates or wait for the machine to come up to temperature.
Spot UV is a special ink that acts as a varnish that creates a high gloss shine on your artwork. This can be applied during or after the printing process on top of logos, titles, and illustrations to make them pop against a matte or uncoated background. It adds a very luxurious appearance to your printing with the juxtaposition of the matte against the high gloss.
Fun fact: It is called UV Ink because it sets when it is exposed to UV rays.
Embossing and debossing is the slight raising or lowering of detail on a card. Embossing and debossing add texture and a unique look that are often done in combination with other specialty printing options like foiling. This type of print feature is usually used in covers for books or high-end business cards.
Die cutting is used to create unique shapes with your printing. Die cutting consists of a set of blades that are shaped to your design to punch out the shapes in the paper (almost like a cookier cutter!). Once the die is ready, we install it into our die cutting machine and position the printed paper appropriately. Our technicians will do a few print tests to make sure the die cut lines up with the artwork. The die is then pressed into the paper with lots of pressure to make the paper cut-out.
Die cutting is primarily used if your design can not be easily cut down with a guillotine, in those cases you may need to invest in getting a custom die.
We have a number of specialty paper stocks on offer with our printing, however if none of them perfectly match your needs we also can create custom printed paper. For example, we can mimic the look and feel of old-fashioned newsprint with our paper stock and some design flair printed straight onto the paper. The possibilities are truly only limited by your imagination.
Lamination and cello are the best way to protect your printing. A thin layer of polypropylene is applied to one or both layers of your artwork and can be either a gloss or matte finish. Cello is a popular option when you want to give your printing that silky smooth feeling.