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Real World Print Production with Adobe Creative Suite Applications by Claudia McCue

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Embossing

Embossing adds dimension to paper by pressing the paper stock between shaped metal pieces, resulting in a raised surface on the top (reading side) of the paper. Heat and pressure help push the paper into the shape of the embossing dies (Figure 3.32).

Figure 3.32. Heat and pressure combined with a pair of shaped dies (top) are necessary to produce an embossed effect on paper (bottom, shown in cross section).

Debossing is the same concept, but the shape of the dies creates a convex shape, pushing the surface of the paper down rather than raising it.

There are several variations on the concept of embossing:

  • Blind embossing is an embossed ...

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