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Specialist Print Finishes

Sooner Than Later are experts in Specialist Print Finishes and has invested in the latest technology which enables us to produce high quality digital print in the shortest lead time possible.

Business Cards

Laser Cutting / Die Cutting

A cutting tool called a die is created when there is a requirement for an unusual shape to be cut from printed material. For example a curved edge on one corner of a business card or a flap to be added to the inside of a folder. Often if the shape is a common shape we may have an existing die in-house, which will reduce costs. Used in a creative way the options are endless and the impact can be significant.
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Foil Blocking / Foiling

Foil Blocking is the application of metallic foil (often gold or silver) onto the paper’s surface with a heated die through heat and pressure. The foil can is pressed onto the paper as a flat image. Flat foil stamping can also be combined with embossing to create a more striking 3-D image Foil Embossing is combining both foil stamping and embossing, either with a foil embossing die or embossing an image that was previously flat foil stamped.

Unique Print Effects

Our Xerox iGen 5 makes colour powerfully accurate. The iGen 5 brings new levels of accuracy and consistency to brands colours in digital print jobs, whether you need to match a pantone colour you know or a spot colour that is unknown. Our innovative technology enables you to add Orange, Green, or Blue Dry Ink as an enhancement to CMYK, as well as White Inks, Metallic Effects, Gold Print, Silver Print, Clear and Fluorescent Pink Pantone.

Embossing and Debossing / Spot UV / UV Varnish

Embossing can add extra dimensions to your business stationery, brochures and marketing collateral. The three methods of embossing are Blind Embossing, Foil Stamping and Foil Embossing which all involve a die which can be made from magnesium or copper. Debossing involves stamping the design into the materials which results in an indented image. Spot UV is used to coat printed products, a UV light is used for curing a varnish placed on the printed material.

Lamination

There are many lamination films available all with their own unique look and feel. The most common films are Matt or Gloss. Lamination adds longevity to printed materials and is appropriate where there is heavy use. You will often find restaurant menus are laminated which facilitates regular handling and a quick wipe clean. Gloss laminate has high impact and can really bring vibrancy to photographs while matte laminate gives a more silky feel and luxurious quality to corporate brochures and folders.
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Specialty Printing Techniques

Our Xerox iGen 5 makes colour powerfully accurate. The iGen 5 brings new levels of accuracy and consistency to brands colours in digital print jobs, whether you need to match a pantone colour you know or a spot colour that is unknown. Our innovative technology enables you to add Precise PANTONE colours Orange, Green, or Blue Dry Ink as an enhancement to CMYK, as well as White Inks, Metallic Effects, Gold Print, Silver Print, Clear and Fluorescent Pink Pantone.

Specialised Printing

Our Xerox Iridesse gives our clients the ability to add embellishments in one process while avoiding the cost of speciality finishing on shorter runs. The award winning Xerox Iridesse uses Colour FLX Technology to layer CMYK with up to 2 speciality dry inks including gold, silver, white or clear in a single pass. The appeal of speciality enhancements is the intriguing design option it presents for delivering a stunning “wow” factor to almost any application – attracting attention, amplifying content and captivating recipients – to boost a brands image. 

Iridesse is perfect fro brochures, business cards, direct mail, greeting cards, wedding invites, point-of-purchase signage and book covers due to its in-line digital enhancements. In addition to the ultra HD-resolution printing capabilities, Iridesses are one of the most environmentally friendly digital presses on the market. The amount of energy consumption, wastepaper and chemicals is vastly lower compared to other models and the print produced is easily recyclable. 

Go Beyond Conventional 4 Colour Printing

  • Breathtaking Image Quality
  • Stunning Metallic Effects 
  • High Impact Iridescent Effects 
  • High Definition Lines and Detail 
  • Layered Embellishments 

Create The Following Effects 

  • Underlay Metallics for Image Enhancements 
  • Print white or Metallics on coloured papers for Covers, Invites and Proposals 
  • Create Coloured Metallics using CMYK colours and silver underlays
  • The ability to print on acetate or tracing papers
  • Add tactile effects with multi-pass and dimensional capabilities 

Gold – Add a touch of class with gold embellishments – perfect for invitations and pitches.

Silver – Add silver effects or recreate metallic colours by underprinting silver.

ClearCreate a spot-UV style effect or add a watermark style to your print project.

White – Print white text or underprint to allow you to print CMYK on coloured stock.

Finishing Options

Often extra finishes can be seen as an added expense but it could be the difference between you communicating your message and getting that inquiry or not. When it comes to printed communications tactility adds engagement and holds attention long enough for your message to be read. Adding these extra touches can enhance your brand and convey tangible qualities. 

Sooner Than Later are a Dublin Printing Company who have extensive expertise in producing excellent quality finishes for an array of printed items. We would be delighted to discuss options with you and guide you to the optimal choice, bearing in mind your target audience, the function and your budget. 

The Main Specialist Print Finishing Options Include: 

Die Cutting 

A cutting tool called a die is created when there is a requirement for an unusual shape to be cut from printed material. For example a curved edge on one corner of a business card or a flap to be added to the inside of a folder.  Often if the shape is a common shape we may have an existing die in-house, which will reduce costs. Used in a creative way the options are endless and the impact can be significant. 

Lamination 

There are many lamination films available all with their own unique look and feel. The most common films are Matt or Gloss. Lamination adds longevity to printed materials and is appropriate where there is heavy use. You will often find restaurant menus are laminated which facilitates regular handling and a quick wipe clean. Gloss laminate has high impact and can really bring vibrancy to photographs while matte laminate gives a more silky feel and luxurious quality to corporate brochures and folders.We also have sustainable lamination options available. 

Perforation

Here at Sooner Than Later we have a perforation machine for efficiently adding straightforward perforation to raffle tickets or forms. To create multiple vouchers or coupons  to be torn off a page or product guide we would create a die which performs in a similar way to die cutting.

Embossing

Embossing can add extra dimensions to your business stationery, brochures and marketing collateral. The three methods of embossing are Blind Embossing, Foil Stamping and Foil Embossing which all involve a die which can be made from magnesium or copper. 

Blind Embossing

Embossing requires a metal die, using a combination of heat and pressure to raise the image higher on paper or substrate. Blind embossing is where no foil or ink is used creating a three dimensional design with a subtle effect.

Foil Stamped / Foil Blocking

Foil stamping is the application of metallic foil (often gold or silver) onto the paper’s surface with a heated die through heat and pressure. The foil can is pressed onto the paper as a flat image. Flat foil stamping can also be combined with embossing to create a more striking 3-D image.

Foil Embossed

Foil Embossing is combining both foil stamping and embossing, either with a foil embossing die or embossing an image that was previously flat foil stamped. 

Sooner Than Later Printing and Finishing Experts

When it comes to deciding on a finish and specifying it, there can be some technical considerations to be taken into account . Sooner Than Later would be delighted to discuss these in detail, advising on the best approach while working within your budget! Contact Us Today!

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