Don’t stop at simply printing your images. We also offer a wide range of finishing services. Lamination, binding, and matting can refine every last detail of your project. Make a long lasting impression with a professional product. Take advantage of either Hot or Cold laminate to ensure your projects durability. Non-standard hole punching, perforation, and scoring available.
Trimming, Die Cutting, Rounded Edges
Hot Lamination - These are the most common types of laminators. They use heat (220 to 300 degrees F) to apply the lamination. Hot laminators provide a better quality lamination that is more resistant to wear and tear. This is the preferred method of lamination for materials that are not affected by heat.
Cold Lamination - Cold laminators, such as the Cool Laminator shown above, use pressure sensitive adhesives to bind the lamination film. Cold laminators are used when the material being laminated is sensitive to heat. For example, some ink jet printers use inks that can melt when heated. There are other types of printers that use heat sensitive paper. For these types of applications the cold laminator is the best choice.
UV or Ultra Violet Coating
UV coating, or ultraviolet coating, is a very glossy, shiny coating applied to the printed paper surface and cured on a special machine using ultraviolet light. These special UV coatings harden, or cure when they receive ultra violet radiation. UV coating makes your printed piece eye catching, and is perfect for products such as postcards, hand-out sheets, presentation folders, business cards and catalogs, or any product that can benefit from a rich, glossy and dramatic look.
What are the Benefits of UV Coatings? Ultraviolet coating has several advantages over other coating methods such as aqueous coating or varnish. They include:
Very high shine finish
When UV is used on deep, rich colors, like blues and rich blacks, the result is an almost wet appearance. This can be highly effective with image-rich projects, like catalogs. The stunning shine it creates is why it is so popular for certain designs and products.
Good abrasion resistance
If your printed piece is going to be handed out or travel through the mail, the combination of a visually appealing piece and durability makes for a great combo for postcards, brochures or business cards. The UV coating allows the mailed piece to resist smudging and marking and allows it to maintain a professional, high quality appearance due to an extremely hard finish, one known for being both chemical and abrasion resistant
High clarity UV coatings make details pop and stand out, and are perfect for photographic images and company logos.
Environmentally friendly UV coatings are free of solvents and do not emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs when cured.
Instantaneous drying time with UV light exposure By drying so quickly, the use of UV coating helps reduce production time, enabling earlier shipping and delivery times.
When is UV Coating Not the Best Option? While UV coating works great for a wide variety of printed pieces, there are a number of instances where UV coating is not a good fit.
More Ways to Make You Shine
Coatings allow you to really make your printed piece stand out. Depending on what kind of end result you want to achieve, coatings work to enhance the desired outcome. Use UV coating to make those rich, full color photos stand out, allow your strong graphical elements to pop, and really showcase your products. Spot UV coating is another great way to add dimension, it is utilized by only applying UV coating to certain locations on your piece.