Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video Checking an embossing proof, part of Print Production: Embossing, Foil Stamping, and Die Cutting.
Before an embossing job goes into full production, usually the die maker will…provide you with what's called a strike. It's a proof.…It's a test emboss of the stock that's going to be used on the final job.…And you need to inspect that to make sure it looks the way you expect.…You want to check the depth; is the embossing the proper depth you were expecting?…And if you're using a multi level or a sculptural embossing die, make sure…there's sufficient difference between the levels, and you can see the detail that…you were hoping to capture in the embossing.…
And, speaking of detail, you want to check for broken type, broken rules, any small…art components. You want to make sure that they're…rendered with fidelity. You want to check for distortion.…Are smaller details distinct? And since embossing involves pressure, and…you're really just sculpting the paper, you want to check for stock buckling.…And this is especially true of very heavy stock.…And if you're performing the embossing near a trim or a fold, you want to stay a…
- Understanding how dies are created: hand-engraved, machined, or photo-engraved
- Preparing files for die-cutting
- Choosing appropriate stock
- Creating artwork for single- or multi-level embossing
- Checking proofs
- Examining a cutting die
- Handling a complex bleed
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Embossing Basics
2. Manufacturing Considerations
3. Preparing Artwork for Embossing
4. Foil Stamping
5. Die Cutting Basics
6. Designing Die Cutting in Illustrator
Handling a complex bleed6m 57s
7. Designing Die Cutting in InDesign
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