Advances in digital printing technology are now enabling designers to achieve a huge variety of finishing styles that have only previously been achievable through analogue techniques. Digital production is now able to reproduce metallics, foils and raised or textured surfaces which emulate the effect of embossing.
A base coat of white can be printed onto coloured substrates allowing coloured inks to be printed on top. These systems maintain all advantages of digital printing, (personalisation, fast response, low set-up costs), while giving the material a whole new look and feel. Sometimes, literally a new feel.
Some of the new processes becoming more and more available are:
- Toner embossing
- Inkjet embossing
- Spot lenticular
- Metallic inks and toners
- Digital foiling