- 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
- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Claudia McCue. During this course, I'm going to introduce you to three ways to lure the reader, what I call shape, surface, and shine. Die cutting allows you to shape your printed piece, takes it beyond the boring, old rectangular format. Embossing scalps the surface of your paper. It provides the double enticement of dimension, and tactile engagement. Foil stamping creates the shine that can turn paper into gold. Of course, all these processes require planning, and close collaboration with your printer, even more so than a standard print job.
But these enhancements have the power to grab the attention of a reader, to draw them in, and give your printed piece a chance to deliver its message. So, let's explore the visual impact you can add to your print projects, by using die cutting, embossing, and foil stamping.
Learning Print Production (2012)with Claudia McCue4h 27m Beginner
InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelineswith James Wamser1h 34m Intermediate
Photoshop CS5: Prepress and Printingwith Taz Tally4h 1m Intermediate
Print Production: Spot Colors and Varnishwith Claudia McCue1h 58m 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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