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Considerations Before Selecting a Coating

  • With the exception of lamination, coating finishes may only be applied to coated stock. Products printed on coated stock must have a coating finish. Coated stocks are labeled with C1S (if they are coated on 1 side) or C2S (if they’re coated on both sides) on our stocks page.
  • Lamination can be applied to either coated or uncoated stocks, but is not recommended for textured stocks (such as linen, felt or fiber).

Coating Options

Coating finishes often have distinctive textural and reflective properties to which a digital image can't quite do justice. To get the most accurate preview possible of a coating, we strongly recommend you request a free sample and include the name of the coating you would like to see in the box marked "Comments."

No Coating

This is the best option when using tactile effects (such as textured stock, foil stamping, embossing, or debossing) because there won’t be any coating on top of them to diminish their textural impact.

Flood Coating

This is when a coating is applied to the entire area of one or both sides of a sheet of paper.

Aqueous Gloss Coating

Aqueous coating is water-based, eco-friendly and long-lasting. It provides basic protection against smearing, scuffs and fingerprints. This particular coating is glossy, providing a shiny, reflective appearance to your product.

Aqueous Matte Coating

This coating provides the same basic protections as any other aqueous finish, but without the reflectivity that comes with gloss coating.

Aqueous Satin Coating

This coating provides the protections of aqueous coating as well as an intermediate level of shine.

Aqueous Soft-Touch Coating

This coating adds a velvet-like texture and matte appearance to your product, along with the basic protections that come with aqueous coating.

Plastic Gloss Lamination

Lamination protects your product inside durable layers of water-resistant plastic film, guarding against spills, tears and creases. Plastic gloss lamination adds a shiny, reflective appearance to your product.

Plastic Matte Lamination

This finish offers the same advanced protection that gloss lamination provides, minus the shiny appearance.

Soft-Touch Lamination

This coating comes with a matte appearance, a soft, silky texture, and the same powerful protection as other types of lamination.

UV Coating

Ultraviolet coating offers minimal protection but is highly reflective and shiny, allowing printed colors to really pop.

Spot Coating

With spot coating, only specific areas of one or more sides of the stock are coated. For example, a folder might primarily use matte coating with a spot of gloss coating in the shape of a company’s name or logo. Spot coating is usually only applied to one side of a sheet of paper (the side that ends up as your product’s exterior), but it can be applied to both.

Spot Strike-Thru

A special matte varnish is applied to your product and visibly “strikes through” the gloss coating placed over it, creating a reflective effect with one or more smaller matte areas. Works best with a dark colored design and spot coating in the shape of a pattern.

Spot Varnish

Apply high-contrast gloss or matte spot coated areas in whatever arrangement you choose, such as a mostly glossy product with a matte spot, or vise versa. Unlike spot strike-thru, each gloss or matte area is an entirely separate spot coating.

Spot UV

With spot UV, you get an even stronger contrast than strike-thru or spot varnish. Your product is flood coated with gloss UV and then spot coated with matte UV in the areas of your choice.

3D Spot UV

With this spot coating, you get the same high-contrast appearance as regular spot UV, plus a raised textural effect that makes the coating much more noticeable by touch.

Spot UV (screen print)

This coating option helps your image to really pop. A thick, highly glossy UV spot coating is screen printed on to your product. The rest of the piece may be coated however you choose: matte, soft touch, etc.

Soft Touch with Spot UV

This type of spot coating provides not only a visual contrast, but a tactile effect as well. Your product is flood coated with matte soft touch coating, then accented with a glossy UV spot coating.

Spot Lamination

Combine the visual interest of spot coating with the enhanced durability of lamination. With this process, you get a glossy laminated product with a spot of matte etch coating.

Coating Locations

The areas where a coating can be located will depend on the type of folder you are using. Most of the folders we carry have a standard layout shown under the tab below labeled “Folder.” Our other folder layouts are shown under the other corresponding tabs.

Important Note: Most coatings are only applied to side 1. It’s rare for any coating (especially spot coatings) to be applied to side 2.

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


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