Lamination Explained… March 19, 2018 You may have seen that we offer the ability to have your printed products laminated – but what does lamination actually mean? The Basics To put it simply, lamination is a process where a thin layer of plastic film is applied to the printed paper or card. This is done through a heat transfer process which bonds the film to the sheet. You will have encountered it many times, probably without knowing. It is used on most book covers, packaging and business cards, to mention just a few. Why Laminate? There are two main reasons to add a laminate to your printed products. The first is to enhance the look and feel of the product. The second is to protect the print and extend its life. Adding a laminate to your product can help prevent cracking on the spine of books and gussets of folders and other folded areas. It also prevents tearing and marking of the printed product, especially when they have a large ink coverage. As you can see in the picture below, of an uncoated booklet, the spine becomes weaker and starts to crack. This is due to the shorter fibres in the uncoated paper. A laminate will help to stop this cracking and provide a nicer look to the finished product. Types of Lamination We offer three main types of laminate: gloss, matt and soft-touch. Matt lamination is the most frequently selected option for a laminate here at H&H Reeds Printers. Matt is often selected by clients to be applied to both the inside and outside of the folder to further enhance the appearance and feel of the printed product. It all depends on the look and style you want to get across when deciding which laminate you would like Gloss laminate is our other standard laminate and provides a beautiful complimentary look and feel to the silk card. When combined with our silk card, the gloss finish can add a professional sheen to the finished product. It gives printed items the ability to stand out and become wonderful marketing tools with longevity. Soft-touch is our premium laminate. As well as adding protection, it also gives the folder velvety feel and is ideal for a folder you want to have a tactile impact as well as a visual one. It is truly a great lamination to present your company as sophisticated and high-end. Anti-Scuff lamination is used primarily when solid colours are present underneath as it will not mark. It is best used when you are looking for a nice, clean and blemish free surface. Anti-scuff works particularly well on solid black print. Is it Expensive? While lamination does add an additional amount to the overall cost of your print job, it is considered a very cost-effective way to enhance and protect your printed products. Lamination adds value for money. This is because it adds to the look and feel of the product and enhances its durability. If you have any topics you would like us to cover in future blogs please just let us know.