Finishes and Paper Types for Certification Printing

by Hannah Tam

It is important for a certificate to look good because it is something that is given as a reward for accomplishment.

One of the ways that you can ensure the quality of a certificate is by choosing finishes as well as papers that can further push the quality of the design of the certification that has been made.

1. Embossing or Debossing

This is the type of finish that is popular for not only certificate printing but also other printing goods because it truly gives off an expensive and elegant look that can work really great if you are on a budget.

Embossing and debossing tweak with the surface of the paper. Embossing makes a certain part of the paper more elevated than the rest, and debossing does the opposite, meaning that it gets pushed down so that the surface looks lower than the rest. Embossing and debossing uses two metal plates that are pressed against each other, sandwiching the paper in between. It is a safe process and only takes a quick while to do.

Embossing and debossing can really give a unique and distinct look and you should be smart in using it. Of course, you can emboss and deboss everything. You have to know which part of the certification will look better embossed or debossed, such as the title of the certification. This can add emphasis to that certain part and make it look more attractive.

2. Metallic Ink

Other than the common CMYK ink, of course there are other types of inks that you can choose for certain parts of your certification so that it will look more interesting. If embossing or debossing don’t get you the aesthetic that you like, then you can consider using metallic ink for a more luxurious and expensive look. A metallic ink contains metal in its formulation so that anything printed with it will look shiny and glossy. Use it sparingly, and you will be able to get a distinct certification look.

3. Metallic Foil Stamp

This type of finish produces a sheen and smooth look on a certain part of the certification. A heated metal gets pressed onto the paper that leaves the kind of look that is expensive and elegant. You can choose various colors for metallic foil stamping as well.

4. Paper Type

There are a lot of different types of papers that you can choose for certification printing. These papers have different look, characteristics, durability, and quality in general. Of course, some are more expensive than the others. You should explore your choices and determine the type of paper that is best suited for the kind of look and quality that you want to get for the certification that you are giving so that it can satisfy your expectations.

The few types of papers you can choose are either parchment paper, laid paper, linen paper, or granite paper. These are the more premium types of paper as they have unique texture, colors, and high durability. It is not forbidden for you to print on cheaper, lightweight papers as well, if that suits your funds better.

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