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The process of hot foiling is also known as foil stamping or foil application. Hot foiling is essentially a commercial printing process, where heat or pressure is used to apply metallic or pigmented foil or holograms to materials such as paper, cardboard, corrugated board, laminated board, plastics, etc.

When the heated die is applied to the foil, it gets permanently fixed to the material and leaves behind the design of the dye. The hot foiling process can be done in various finishes and colours, while the most commonly used are metallic silver and gold foils and foils having holographic and pearlescent results.

The process of hot foiling can include:

  • Simple flat hot foil stamping.
  • Embossing combined along with hot foiling or deep embossing.
  • Application of holographic foils or holograms.
  • Hot foil stamping that is combined with structural and micro-embossing.

Hot Foiling Applications

Hot foiling is a permanent process and is usually used for annual reports, business cards, letterheads, envelopes, invitation cards, etc. and even as means of anti-counterfeiting. The process of hot foiling is widely used in the packaging industry including tobacco, pharmaceuticals luxury goods and food and also in the printing of labels for spirits, wines, etc.

If you need any technical or creative advice on how you can use hot foiling in your next project, do contact SDS Print Finishing. We are a high-end print company and specialise in various print finishing techniques. We are located in Southampton and service customers in Dorset and Hampshire areas.


When a material is manufactured in multiple layers, the process of lamination is used to provide improved appearance, stability, strength, and insulation to the composite material. There are many different lamination processes, which essentially depends on the materials that require lamination.

Lamination is a very common technique used as a finishing process of printing, where heat or/and pressure is used to bind either paper or card to a plastic film that is known as the laminate. Typically, the plastic film is bonded on both sides of any printed material so that it is entirely enclosed by plastic. The laminate helps to protect the paper/card and ensures its durability in the long run.

Advantages of Using Lamination

  • The main advantage of lamination is that it adds a protective layer between the paper and external elements.
  • Lamination helps to protect the printed materials from smudges, stains, wrinkles, moisture, tears, etc. For example, restaurant menus are usually laminated to protect them from being touched with greasy hands, from spillages of food, sauces, drinks, etc.
  • When any printed material is folded or creased, the heavy ink coverage may cause the paper to crack. Lamination can help to eliminate the problem of cracking by providing support that is required by the paper for folding or creasing.
  • The process of lamination can augment the colours on the printed material and make them brighter.
  • Lamination also helps to add rigidity and strength to the paper, card or any other material.

Applications of Lamination

Lamination is usually used for printed materials that are handled frequently and which face a greater chance of being damaged due to regular usage such as price lists, restaurant menus, membership cards, maps, educational materials, sales men’s flip books, etc.

Lamination is also used commonly for printed materials that are used in damp, oily and dirty worksites such as factory rules, emergency and safety signages, machinery operating instructions and warning signages, name tags, etc.

There are several methods and types of laminations you can choose from – heat or cold lamination, glossy or matte lamination, etc. and the kind of lamination depends on your specific requirements.

If you want to know more about lamination, then contact us at SDS Print Finishing. Our services include superior-quality, luxury print finishing services and we are based out of Southampton and offer our services in Hampshire and Dorset.


Spot UV is a technique where a transparent, thick liquid varnish coat is applied on a printed surface and dried using UV or ultraviolet light. This process creates a high-glossy shine. The process of spot UV is also sometimes known as spot gloss and when the spot UV is applied to an image like a title, logo or an image, it helps to make it stand out on a plain uncoated or a matte background.

The idea of “spot” UV is that this technique can be applied to only certain parts of the page or design and the spot UV process is usually used for its decorative or aesthetic effect. The technique helps to provide a contrast with the rest of the design and helps to make it eye-catching.
Although the process of spot UV can be done on white coloured paper or card, it is more effective on coloured products, where the technique helps to enhance the shine on the product, protects the colour and also prevents any moisture and damage to preserve the product.

Spot UV Process

The spot UV process uses the same method as offset printing to apply the varnish. An ink fountain is filled with the UV spot varnish in the printing press and the plate with the image that needs the spot UV is placed on it. The printed sheets are run through the press, where the areas require spot UV are coated with the varnish and then the sheets are exposed to the ultraviolet light, which cures and hardens the varnish.

The spot UV technique is environmentally friendly and since the spots where the varnish is applied dry almost instantaneously, you can get fantastic precision when using this technique. The effect of spot UV is usually the best when it is used on a heavy card, so it is commonly used for premium brochures, flyers, annual reports, business cards, etc. And, the spot UV process is a great way by which you can enhance the appeal and quality of your printed material.

If you want to know how you can use the spot UV process to enhance your printing, contact SDS Print Finishing. We specialise in luxury print finishing and specialist techniques. We are located in Southampton and provide our services in Hampshire and Dorset.


Die-cutting is essentially the process that makes use of a die to cut any thin flat material such as paper, card, etc. in varied shapes. The die-cutting technique uses a “Die” or a steel blade that has a sharp, raised area that can cut. Dies look and work like cookie cutters i.e. the shape of the cut on the paper will be the same as the shape of the die.

The process of die cutting was invented during the mid-80s to streamline the processes of the shoe industry. Leather shoe soles were usually cut by hand, which was a painstaking, time-consuming and expensive affair. Die-cutting machines changed the way cobblers worked and the process of making shoes and the cutting became more uniform and standardised.
Die-cutting is extremely versatile and you can create whatever design or shape that your imagination can dream up of. You can use a die to shape just an edge or a corner of the material or it can be used to create shapes in the entire periphery of the material or cut out the shape(s) from the centre of the piece. The die-cutting process, just like the printing process is an automated one, which allows several pieces of the same shape and design to be created in a uniform and efficient manner. Usually, printers have a standard set of dies available readily of commonly used shapes and cuts. However, if you want any special designs, then you can have a custom-made die.

Die-cutting is used for various purposes to cut elements for home décor, cards, party favours, gifts, DIY projects, etc. easily and quickly without requiring the use of scissors.

If you have any die-cutting requirements or require more information about the process, do call SDS Print Finishing. We offer luxury printing and high-quality die-cutting services. We are based in Southampton, Hampshire and provide our services in the Hampshire and Dorset areas.


The technique where an image is pressed into paper, card or any other flat flexible surface to create a 3-dimensional design or image is known as embossing. The process results in the creation of a raised impression or image, thereby adding a new dimension. And, other than just paper, embossing can also be done on many other kinds of materials such as cloth, rubber, plastic, leather, etc.

Embossing is quite an inexpensive process and there are various kinds of embossing that can be done such as tint embossing, blind embossing and glazing which produce varied results. Embossing can be used in conjunction with other methods such as spot UV or hot foiling for distinct and interesting effects.

Process of Embossing

The process of embossing makes use of 2 metal dies. One die has a raised surface, while the other corresponding die has a similar design that is recessed into it and both dies fit into one another. A sheet of material is placed in between the 2 dies and both heat, as well as pressure, is applied so that the raised die is pressed into the recessed die. The fibres of the material get reshaped permanently and the required 3-D pattern is formed.

Applications of Embossing

Embossing has many applications and is used widely for decorative, as well as functional purposes, such as invitations, business cards, brochure covers, certificates, logos, highlights or borders for images, credit cards, Braille books for the blind, embossed seals for legal documents, corporate papers, government forms, etc.

If you want to know more about how embossing can add value to your printing, then give us a call at SDS Print Finishing. We are based in Southampton and service clients throughout the Hampshire or Dorset areas.


The technique of debossing is similar to embossing, just that debossing is an exact opposite of embossing and in debossing, the application of heat and pressure to imprint the image or design onto the material creates a depression instead of a raised impression, which is created by embossing.
Debossing creates a depressed surface, where the design is much lower than the surrounding area of the material. The section of the design gets lowered compared to the rest of the design or image resulting in a sunken look. The debossing technique helps to add depth and texture to the material.

Debossing Process

The debossing process also uses the same process as embossing where 2 metal dies with a raised surface and recessed surface are used that fit into one another. The material such as paper, card, etc. is placed in between the two dies and heat and pressure are applied in such a way that the raised and recessed die are pressed together. Just that in the case of debossing, the material around the die is raised, while the portion with the design gets recessed or sinks.

If the depression produced by the debossing process is left as is without any ink, then it is known as a blind deboss. Whereas, if an ink is added to the design, then it is known as a colour registered deboss. Debossing is used for making imprints on paper, leather, vinyl, etc. and used for business cards, company logos, folders, book covers, brochure covers, etc.

SDS Print Finishing offer debossing services in the Southampton, Hampshire and we offer high-quality luxury printing services throughout the Hampshire and Dorset areas.


The specialised process of gluing, in which adhesive gum is applied to a sheet of paper that allows the user to seal it later is known as re-moist gumming. Typically, the gum present on the paper is activated by licking or moistening it. When moistened, the glue becomes sticky and can be stuck to another part of the paper.

The re-moist gumming process is also known as horseshoe gumming or goal post gumming since the gum is applied in a 3-sided U-shape. Re-moist gumming is usually used around the fold-over portion of reply slips. The process of re-moist gumming is very similar to the UV spot varnish process, except that instead of using high gloss varnish, gum is used, cured using ultraviolet light. The gum can be applied to any part of the material.

Re-Moist Gumming Applications

The technique of re-moist gumming is used to facilitate confidential communication and also to increase the levels of response. Re-moist gumming helps to provide reassurance to the users that their response will be seen only by the people who the correspondence is meant for. This makes it easier for customers to respond and also increases the chances that they will supply the information you require such as details of the purchase, registering their purchase, etc.

Some of the common applications where re-moist gumming is used are:

  • Paid reply envelopes
  • Folded leaflets
  • Tear-off forms
  • Perforated inserts
  • Security gumming for pay slips
  • Stamps
  • Bottling labels
  • Mail back forms
  • Direct mail forms
  • Warranty registration cards
  • Application forms
  • Exam sheet covers
  • Wristbands
  • Car parking stickers
  • Window posters

For all your re-moist gumming requirements and more, you can contact us at SDS Print Finishing. We offer a variety of specialist techniques and luxury print finishing services. We are located in Southampton, Hampshire and also offer our services in Dorset.


Silver or gold rub removable latex inks are basically opaque inks which are usually applied over any competition card or a lottery ticket that is usually rubbed off to reveal whatever is printed underneath. The latex ink can be easily rubbed off using a fingernail or a coin to reveal the printed number or message beneath. Most often, only silver and gold scratch-off inks are used, as these metallic inks offer opacity.

In this technique, usually, the liquid latex is printed over some existing print, which creates a scratch off or rub remove layer. However, to get best results, a spot UV or clear varnish is applied to the area to be scratched off before the rub remove silver or gold is added. This ensures that the adhesion occurs properly and it also ensures that the ink can be rubbed off easily without damaging the print underneath.

Advantages of Silver/Gold Latex Rub Removal

Using the technique of gold or silver latex rub removal has many benefits such as:

  • It helps to create interaction with the respondent.
  • Increases the amount of time that the respondent will look at your promotion material.
  • Helps to make the promotion material more interesting and memorable.
  • Increases the retention of your material and brand, especially if the respondent wins a prize.

Applications of Silver/Gold Latex Rub Removal

Apart from just scratch cards or lottery cards, scratch-off panels can be used for any other marketing material and applications such as:
Direct mailers
Brochure covers
Business cards

Contact us at SDS Print Finishing for all your specialised printing and finishing requirements. We are based in Southampton and offer our services to our customers based in Hampshire and Dorset.


Ultraviolet coating or UV coating is the technique where a glossy polymer resin liquid is applied to any solid surface like a printed paper and is cured on a special machine by making use of ultraviolet light. When exposed to the UV light, the coating gets cured and hardens. UV coating can be used instead of lamination and not only adds a protective layer to your printed material but also makes the piece vibrant and eye-catching.

Advantages of UV Coating

Some of the benefits of UV coating are:

  • UV coating produces a very high-gloss and shiny effect and enhances the vibrancy of the colours making them seem richer. This is the reason why UV coating is used for materials that have many images for a stunning effect.
  • UV coating makes your material durable and resistant to smudging, fingerprints, scratching, etc.
  • The process of UV coating makes the designs and details stand out with extra clarity.
  • The UV coating technique does not use solvents and also does not emit any volatile compounds while curing, making the process extremely environmentally friendly.
  • The use of UV coating in the printing process helps to reduce production and delivery times as the coating dries almost instantly when exposed to UV light.

Applications of UV Coating

The technique of UV coating is used for printed materials, catalogues, brochures, photographic images, logos, paperback covers, business cards, postcards, presentation folders, restaurant menus, calendars, etc.
You can make your printed work stand out with our specialist and luxury printing techniques. Contact SDS Print Finishing today. We are based out of Southampton and provide our services in the Hampshire and Dorset areas.