Print lamination is a post press process. Once the printing is done, we use a hydraulic press to paste a thin film of plastic on the image. Lamination can be done on paper brochures, leaflets, visiting cards, inkjet printed vinyls, etc.
Reasons for print lamination
Prints are primarily laminated to increase their life. In cold lamination we generally use a 80 – 100 micron thick film to cover the printed material. This top coat protects the prints from scuffing and scratches. Moreover, different kinds of films are employed to add a visual and tactile dimension to the prints.
For example, customers are generally offered a choice between gloss and matt over-laminates. Glossy laminating films give a shiny mirror like finish to the prints whereas matt films make the prints look the prints more subdued and sober. We also have a choice of glitter films. These films have tiny specks of gold / silver embedded in them. They give off a beautiful glitter when light is shined upon them. They are ideal for use when the print is place in a frame with a overhead lamp or light source shining on it.
Print lamination films also come in a variety of textures. We offer our customers a choice of canvas, linen and leather textures. These textured over-laminates impart a very premium and exclusive look and feel to print jobs.
Here are some pros and cons you need to consider before deciding to opt for print lamination…
|Will protect print from scratching||Will add to cost|
|Protection from water damage. Water based inkjet prints, must be laminated||Will increase delivery time|
|Can impart gloss / matt / textured finish to the print|
|Can give textured and glitter effect to the print|
While laminating your digital prints will increase your costs marginally, it is always a good practice to opt for the same in the long run.