Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video How dies are created, part of Print Production: Embossing, Foil Stamping, and Die Cutting.
Creating an embossing die is a complex process, and when you look at the…components here, you start to get an idea of that.…Now here we're actually looking at the finished piece, and the components that…created the embossed effect. But you'll understand when you see this…what goes into the process. What he's putting inside the book Is going…to push the paper up. That's the actually embossing die.…And this is the concave version of that. And that's called the counter.…You can see that it's hollow. So as that paper is compressed, using heat…and pressure, it's going to be sculpted by those two dies.…
The one on the bottom part of the paper's going to to push it up.…It's going to be pushed into the hollow parts of the counter.…And then it's going to be sculpted because of that process.…And then they went one step farther, and then added a spot varnish on top of this.…So, the result is something that's very shiny, it's very tactile, it has a lot of…dimension to it and it's something that really draws the reader in, it grabs the…
- 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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