Royal Foil Printing: How It's Done

Royal Foil Printing: How It's Done

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11 Apr 2023

The coronation is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some extra fancy print products?

Foiling is a finishing technique where heat, pressure and glossy UV are used to bind a thin film of metal (foil) to paper or card. Foil printing is generally used to create a memorable and high-quality finish and is popular for premium projects and luxury designs.

Which is why we’ve introduced a limited edition purple foil to our collection, perfect for the upcoming coronation, you can adorn your print designs with a splash of luxury purple and ensure all eyes are on your business.


Why is Purple a Royal Colour?

Ever wondered why we perceive purple to be a royal colour?

According to, purple in royalty dates back to Kings and Queens of the ancient world. It’s believed that the reason for purple’s regal reputation is ultimately down to a simple case of supply and demand but snails also had something a little something to do with it…

Going back to ancient times, purple dyes had to be made from an incredibly rare species of snail that quickly became very valuable. Dye-makers had to crack open the snail shell to extract the purple mucus before exposing it to sunlight for a precise amount of time. This long process could use as many as 250,000 molluscs to yield just one ounce of usable dye, but the result was a vibrant and long-lasting shade of purple. Of course, clothes made from this dye became increasingly expensive and therefore became synonymous with the rich and royalty.

So, with purple being widely associated with royalty, it’s only right that we introduced it to the instantprint website ahead of the coronation!


Foil Printing for a Royal Occasion

The coronation will see a need for plenty of print! Whether you’re looking to add a touch of luxury to your street party invitations or searching for the perfect foiled finishing touch to your themed menus, a dash of shiny purple will be sure to make your design pop!

Use it to stand out from the crowd, highlight key details or use it for a premium edge.

Foiled Text
The most obvious choice, text! Add purple foil to your text for a truly regal feel.

Foiled Graphics
Whether it's a crown, silhouette or flag, a touch of royal purple foil can truly help your design shine.

Foiled Elements
Keep it simple! Purple foiled lines, dots or any other motifs are a subtle way to give a nod to royalty.

Searching for some street party inspiration and ideas on where you can apply royal foil? Check out our blog - Print for Your Coronation Street Party.


Adding Purple to our Foil Printing Range

Our shiny new purple foil is available on all of our standard foiled products, enjoy our royal purple foiling option on the following products with 350gsm or 450gsm silk stock and matt lamination:
Swing Tags

We’ve also got gold, silver, holographic, and copper foiling choices if you’re looking for something just as luxurious but a little less colourful. Alternatively, we have red and blue options if you want to stick with the signature coronation branding.


A Royal Pain

We wouldn’t want your prestigious print to be ruined by small design niggles. Keep the following in mind when crafting your coronation print and ensure it comes out exactly how you imagined!
•    Keep foiling at least 3mm away from the edge of your design and don’t place it over a fold
•    Delete elements that you don’t want foiling to appear on top of from your original artwork file – foiling can be marginally off, so text and shapes underneath can show 
•    The smallest font size we recommend for foiling is 8pt
•    It’s best to have either a solid area, a detailed pattern, or text rather than mix them on the same design

Alternatively, you can read our blog Foiling Guide: How to Set Up Foiling Artwork for Print for more tips and advice!

At instantprint, you can be certain that you'll get the royal treatment. With our free 10-point artwork check, you can be confident that your print is thoroughly checked before it goes to our factory.


Looking for Inspiration?

Our Design Online Tool is home to a whole range of coronation-themed templates. Here, you can easily add your own details and send to print in a matter of minutes. Easy!

What are you waiting for? Celebrate the coronation in style with the help of print and don’t forget your foil!


About the Author

Hi! I’m Jennie, and I’m the eCommerce Manager at instantprint. I'm passionate about creating the best website experience for our customers.