Print lamination can give your print job the extra sparkle or texture it really needs to stand out. There’s a couple of different ways a finisher can go about laminating a job – so here’s a run-down on what’s out there:
Hot print lamination is the most common type you’ll find (it’s also the one we provide in-house at LEFA). This process involves using high temperatures to apply the laminate film to the printed sheet – in very rare circumstances, or with stocks that can be affected by hear this is a preferred method.
Cold print lamination uses pressure, rather than heat, to ‘stick’ the laminate to the print work. Cold laminate includes a surface with an adhesive which is bound securely by the pressure of rollers. This is the best choice for print that may be affected by high temperatures.
In-house at LEFA Print we offer hot lamination on Matt, Gloss and Soft-Touch laminate. Matt offers a slightly more textured, non-reflective finish whereas gloss is highly-reflective and smooth to the touch. Our Soft-Touch offers the visuals of Matt but with a much more ergonomic feel – if you’re looking for something that not only stands out to the eye but also the hand this is a great choice.