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Features and processing methods of embossed paper

In this blog post, you’ll read: Embossed paper is a common paper for the surface finishing of packaging decoration. Patterns on paper are raised or recessed, which could have a good decoration effect.

Embossed paper is a common paper for the surface finishing of packaging decoration. Embossing can not only improve the quality of packaging, but also enhance effect of printed products, thereby increasing value of goods. It is one of the most commonly used papers in packaging industry when designing and making packaging. Because of its own advantages, it is favored by the printing and packaging industry. It not only has very high requirements for raw materials, but also has very high requirements for production processes. Only in this way, it will have a high-quality texture, so what are the main characteristics of embossed paper?

Well-defined grain with a strong embossing

The biggest difference between embossed paper and ordinary paper is that embossed paper has its own texture patterns on surface. When producing, manufacturer will use machine with embossing roller to make paper with well-defined grain, and then make other post-press processes, such as hot stamping, spot UV, embossing, debossing, etc., so that packaging which is made of embossed paper is more exquisite than ordinary paper, use value and grade of the paper are also improved at the same time.

Wide variety of embossing

In industry of specialty paper, embossed paper is a common type, in order to meet the different needs of users, manufacturers usually have overprint embossing process and non-overprint embossing process, which could be grained in different ways to emboss different types of patterns, such as linen, orange peel, crocodile, lizard, etc.

Special processing methods

Different from the production of ordinary paper, specialty paper is additionally processed during production. One is that the produced paper is embossed by machinery to add patterns with a well-defined texture.

Another processing method is more special. After the base paper sheet is completely dried, it is put into  embossing machine for further processing. During the processing, the pattern is engraved on the roller, so the processed paper is with grains. 

Because of deep texture of embossed paper, usually only one side of the paper is embossed.

Embossing can be divided into two types: overprint embossing and non-overprint embossing. Overprint embossing is to press the printed pattern shape into a concave-convex shape according to the image of  printing, so that the pattern is raised or recessed, which could have a good effect of decoration. Non-overprint embossing is not related to the printed patterns, and there are quite a lot of different textures, such as linen, orange peel, crocodile, lizard, etc. It is widely used in printing sheets, coated paper, leatherette paper, parchment paper and other decorative materials. Surface of it is rough, textured, expressive, and comes in a wide variety. Many designers prefer to use this paper to make covers, book contents or albums to express different personalities.

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