What is Letterpress Ink Foil?
Letterpress Ink Foil is a specially
formulated foil that simulates printing produced with letterpress
equipment using ink.
When was Letterpress Ink Foil first
released as a product?
Letterpress Ink Foil was developed by THERM-O-TYPE and was introduced in
Why is Letterpress Ink Foil
While letterpress printed products have become increasingly popular, and
command a high retail value, most shops do not have letterpress
equipment that is capable of printing with ink. Today, most letterpress
equipment is used to foil stamp and/or die cut. Using Letterpress Ink
Foil, customers with foil stamping equipment can easily produce
"letterpress printed products".
What kind of dies are used
Letterpress Ink Foils?
Normally, metal flat foil stamping dies are used to simulate letterpress
printed products. Letterpress Ink Foil can be used with foil embossing
dies but this isn't a typically application for this foil.
What about using pigment foils to
simulate letterpress ink printing?
Pigment foils can not simulate letterpress ink as they laydown as a
solid, opaque color and lack the "mottled" effect customers identify
with letterpress ink printing.
What are the special characteristics
of Letterpress Ink Foil?
Letterpress Ink Foil creates a "mottled" color transfer to the image
area that is very similar to letterpress printing with ink. Letterpress
Ink Foil color density can be significantly varied with die temperature
and/or pressure. This characteristic allows a range of color shades to
be created using each Letterpress Ink Foil color.
What other advantages does
Letterpress Ink Foil offer?
Using letterpress ink foil, instead of ink, eliminates the need for
washing up the press between each color change. This saves time and
effort while eliminating solvents and environmentally harmful waste.
There is no drying time with products produced with Letterpress Ink
Foil. There is no "feathering" with Letterpress Ink Foil and a single
release formula works well with fine lines and solid image areas.
Are Letterpress Ink Foils suitable
for all papers?
No. To achieve the desired letterpress ink effect, uncoated papers
should be used. Paper selection is an important factor in achieving the
best results with Letterpress Ink Foil. If the paper is too soft, the
colors will be less dense and look more washed out. If the paper is a
little harder, the colors are more vibrant and dense.
Can multiple color images be produced
with Letterpress Ink Foil?
Multiple color images can be produced with Letterpress Ink Foil using
multiple dies, different colors of foil and multiple press passes.
Can Letterpress Ink Foil be combined
with other printing processes?
Yes. Letterpress Ink Foil does not have feathering issues like most
metallic foils, there is no drying issues and the image is "impressed"
into the paper surface. These characteristics allow a wide range of
additional printing, finishing and enhancement processes to be used in
conjunction with Letterpress Ink Foil.
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