Professional printing services can help your printed materials look incredibly professional. They’re ideal for just about any occasion, from creating marketing materials or presentations for business, invitations for important life events like weddings and anniversaries, and anything else that you feel needs to show the highest level of detail and care to those you’re handing out these materials to.
There are dozens of ways to really step up your game when it comes to professional printing services, though. High-end print options can truly catch the eye and showcase the importance of whatever it is you’re presenting, and a good professional print house can provide you with these options. Here’s what you need to know about them.
Types of High-End Print Options
There is, of course, no end to different types of high-end print options available to you, though availability may differ depending on which professional print provider you’re partnering with. Here’s a quick overview of some of the most popular options, a little about each one, and how they can take your printed materials to the next level.
High-End Print Options
Embossing is a method for pressing images into paper or cardstock in order to create three-dimensional designs. You can use embossing to create text, a logo, or any other image, with the result being a raised surface that offers a tactile element to your printed materials. There’s also an inverse, called debossing, that results in a depressed surface, but the process for creating this type of printing effect is virtually the same.
When it comes to high-end print options, embossing provides that look (and feel) of elegance. It’s a great choice for any printed materials that you need to be impressive, such as business cards, brochure covers, presentation covers, and certificates or invitations. Using embossing in conjunction with other high-end options can supercharge the effect even more to truly wow your audience.
In professional printing lingo, “UV” stands for ultraviolet. UV ink printing is a method of printing that makes use of ultraviolet light to dry ink instantly after it’s been applied to paper or another substrate. It’s routinely combined with inkjet printing in an effort to prevent the ink droplets applied by inkjet print heads from bleeding or spreading, offering a sharper image in return.
UV ink printing is considered one of many high-end print options because of how it ups the overall quality of your printing results. UV ink printing results in a much higher quality end-product, as ink dried through UV light doesn’t have much of a chance to spread or absorb thanks to how rapidly the light dries it. If you want laser-sharp ink printing, UV ink is the way to go every time.
Metallic ink can highlight your print runs with an attractive sheen, making it an effective approach drawing the eye and capturing the imagination. It’s a high-end look for sure, as there’s nothing like the light catching on your printed page and dazzling the recipient. Metallic ink is perhaps the most difficult type of high-end printing options, though, as these types of ink react differently than older, more traditional, and more readily available ones, though.
Be aware that if you want your metallic ink to stand out, you should be printing on coated paper. A coating prevents over-absorption of ink, and that means metallic inks will be particularly shiny as they will sit closer to the surface of your substrate. Adding an aqueous coating to protect your metallic ink from chipping or flaking is also a great idea, as you’ll get great longevity that way. Your metallic ink-printed materials will shine for as long as you need them to!
Foil printing is similar to metallic ink printing in that you get a great shine and really push your print project into the stratosphere when it comes to giving it a professional look. Unlike metallic ink printing, foil printing doesn’t involve ink but instead using heat and pressure to apply a foil stamp to a substrate, adding a touch of shine, gloss, or even reflective material – all depending on the type of foil you choose to go with.
Foils come in a variety of different color types and varieties, though some of the most popular would definitely be gold and silver. Foil-stamped graphics and designs make your projects stand out like none other, and because you can combine them with other types of high-end print options you can fine-tune your look and feel to have something that truly stands out. Foil-stamping and debossing, for example, go together quite well.
In the printing world, die-cutting doesn’t use ink. Instead, a thin steel blade, formed into a specific shape or pattern, is used to cut a piece of paper or cardstock into that shape. If you’re picturing making gingerbread men with a cookie cutter, you’ve got the idea – though, of course, this one is for paper, not dough!
Die-cutting can be automated just like other printing processes. This makes it easy for identical copies of the same shape to be created quickly and efficiently. Many print houses maintain a library of several different dies in order to make standard shapes, but if you want a special design you will need to have a custom die made. As far as high-end printing options go, die-cutting is versatile because you’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to the shape you want your paper or cardstock to take.
Choose Las Vegas Color Graphics For Your High-End Print Options
If you’re looking for a print partner to make use of some or any of these high-end print options, turn to Las Vegas Color Graphics! We have over 40 years of experience in providing professional-level printing services to the Vegas community (and beyond), and our specialized tools and equipment can provide you with the high-end finishes and printing options you’re looking for. Contact us today and see how we can take your printing to the next level!