How Does the Foiling Process Work?
After we’ve printed your artwork, we’ll apply a layer of spot gloss to the area of your design you want the foiling to be. This is a slightly raised gloss that the foil sticks to.
A foil sheet is then applied to this area and cured under UV light. The curing process essentially sticks the foil to the areas of your design where gloss has been applied.
Can I Add Foiling to Both Sides of My Print?
Yes! Foiling can be added to one of both sides of your design, meaning double sided business cards and flyers can have foil applied to both sides. For presentation folders and booklets, you can apply foiling to the front and back cover.
Why is Foiling Only Available with Matt Lamination?
Foiling is available on matt laminated stocks because this gives the best contrast in textures.
How Do I Set My Foiling Artwork Up for Print??
Creating a foiling design requires a little more work than normal artwork because you’ll need to create multiple files. Here’s the simplest way to do this.
Create your artwork as normal and save it as a PDF. Then, delete any elements you don’t want to have foiling on. You’ll need to delete the background or set it to transparent so your entire design isn’t covered in foil.
If you want any other foiling elements that aren’t part of your original artwork – like a background pattern or border, add these now.
Then change all these elements to a bright colour, like orange, so our team knows which areas to apply foiling to.
Save with the same name as your original file, but with _Foiling at the end, e.g. Business-Card_Foiling.
For more advice, and to see some examples of what your foiling artwork might look like, check out our Foiling Guide here.
What Are the Best Ways to Use Foiling?
The beauty of custom foiling printing is you get to choose exactly where you want your gold or silver foil to go! If you’re not sure, or want some more ideas, here are some examples of ways you can enhance your design with a foil finish.
Foil logo – adding foiling to your logo is probably one of the most common ways foiling is used. Why? Because it looks fantastic! And it’s pretty easy to do. If you want foiling added to your logo, our team can do this for you – just get in touch with us here!
Foil border – Although we don’t recommend using foil all the way up to the edge of your print, adding a border 3mm away from the outside edges is a great way to frame your design, and add a minimalist (yet classy) gold or silver accent.
Repeated background pattern – from flecks to spots and stripes, using foiling to create a pattern is never a bad choice!
Foil icons – if you include social media icons and a telephone icon, add gold or silver foiling and your all-important contact details will be impossible to ignore.