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Imprint Methods

Examples of Different Types of Printing Methods

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Types of Imprint Methods

Blank Blank

Blank folders and other blank products contain no printing. You’ll receive only the plain product without any imprint method.


Four Color Process Four Color Process

Full-color (CMYK) printing blends cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink during the print process for a full, flexible spectrum of color. Best for color photography, as well as designs that contain more than three ink colors.


Standard PMS Colors PMS Colors

PMS printing uses premixed inks to create a design using fields of solid color (and gradients of those colors). Best for imprints containing 3 or fewer colors.

Types of Inks:

PMS Colors Standard Inks (non-metallic)

Standard inks consist only of the desired PMS color with no additional reflective effect.

Metallic PMS Colors Metallic Inks

These inks contain fine, reflective metallic particles that add shine and luster.


Foil Foil

Product can be stamped with metallic or non-metallic foil to add a slick visual and textural accent. Metallic foils add a metal-like shine, while non-metallic foils are less shiny. Both add a unique, smooth tactile element that’s noticeably different from ink.

Foil Colors:

We can special order foil colors that are not listed below. Contact us for additional details.

Key: (M) = Metallic Foil (?) (N) = Non-Metallic Foil (?)
Apple
Blue
Brass
Bronze
Copper
Cranberry
Gold
Green
Lime
Pewter
Platinum
Sapphire Blue
Silver
Teal
Treasure
Black
Blue
Burgundy
Ivory
Navy
Pine
Red
White
Yellow

Emboss Emboss

Embossing lifts your design out from the stock for a raised textural effect that you can both see and feel.

Types of Embossing:

One-Level One-Level

Standard embossed areas areimprinted at a single level. The entire embossed imprint will remain at the same height from the page.

Multi-Level Multi-Level

Embossed areas can have multiple levels at varying heights, similar to the multi-tiered layers of a wedding cake.

Bevelled Bevelled

A beveled embossed area uses a sloping die to give your imprint smooth, soft edges.

Sculptured Sculptured

A sculptured emboss uses a freeform-style die that resembles a relief painting, creating an imprint with varying heights that aren’t limited by a set number of levels.


Deboss Deboss

Think of debossing as reversed embossing. Debossed imprints are depressed into the stock for an indented textural effect.


Imprint Locations

The areas where an imprint can be located will depend on the type of folder you’re applying it to. Most of the folders we carry have a standard imprint layout, shown under the tab below labeled “Folder.” Our other folder layouts are shown under the other corresponding tabs.

Side 1: Front cover, back cover & exterior of pockets

Side 2: Inside of folder & inside of pockets

Before Folding

Paper Side 1

Paper Side 2


After Folding

Front & Back of Folder

Inside of Folder


Images are for demonstration purpose only


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