Introduction to Embossing

Embossing quite simply means to change a surface from flat to sculptured, so that there are regions that are raised up from a background. In other words it is to imprint a surface with a slightly raised (relief) image. Embossing is achieved you using suitable tooling such as a Die and a matching Counterforce and applying pressure and, in some cases, heat as well, to form the image.

Examples of Embossing

Embossing Sample 1

Embossing has numerous applications in many varying products, and it’s only limitation is one’s imagination and market trends. Embossing is a technology that simply requires a pliable surface. You don’t need a reason to Emboss, just do it to make it look trendier.

Embossing creates a raised image on the paper. When the same process creates an indented image, it is called De-bossing.

You can achieve numerous stylish Embossed effects whether it is a single level that renders a flat image with either a bevelled or rounded edge, or a sculpted look with many levels.

Clearly the more elaborate the design, the greater the cost of Die making.

There are various shapes used in Die making and below are some popular shapes used in Embossing and De-bossing.