Specialist finishes

Bring your print projects to life with specialist finishes for stunning results. Lamination, spot UV varnish, foil blocking, metallic ink and embossing are just some of the amazing effects you can choose to create memorable print that people will want to share.

 

Specialist finishes

Gloss Lamination

Specialist finishes

For a really spectacular finish to achieve maximum impact consider gloss lamination. This adds a high silk sheen to the protective plastic laminate and really makes photographs and images sing out.

It combines all of the practical protective qualities of lamination with a fabulous high gloss finish to give a really professional and show-stopping finish. No wonder it is so popular for brochures and presentation folders, which are both a speciality of ours.

Foil blocking

Specialist finishes

If you’re searching for a really striking finish to accentuate typography and add impact to a cover design or brochure, then foil blocking could be the answer you have been looking for.

Available in a wide range of colours, foil is fabulously reflective because, unlike metallic inks, it sits on top of the paper rather than being absorbed.

Its lustrous finish is perfect for high-end products and premium service providers, and works beautifully when combined with effects and finishes such as embossing, soft touch and matt lamination to create really luxurious and tactile print.

Foiling isn’t only for luxury brands though. It’s great for turning something plain into something really eye-catching and memorable.

Metallic Inks

Specialist finishes

Metallic ink is actually a varnish containing metal particles such as copper, aluminium, bronze or zinc mixed with a spot colour. When left to dry slowly they rise to the surface, reflecting the light to create a metallic sheen.

More muted than foiling, metallic inks can create a stunning yet subtle effect for a really sophisticated and memorable finish. 

Best results are achieved on coated stock, such as silk or gloss, because the metallic ink is less prone to being absorbed into the paper.

Anti-Scuff Laminate

Specialist finishes

After investing so much time and energy creating your collateral, the last thing you want is for marks and fingerprints to spoil your covers. That’s where anti-scuff laminate comes in.

Solid, dark colours such as black or blue have a tendency to show up knocks and scratches. Anti-scuff laminate helps combat this and gives a great overall finish to your print.

It does cost a little more, but for brochures, folders and flyers that you want people to share and keep, it is definitely worth it.

Spot Gloss UV Varnish

Specialist finishes

An easy way to add interest and draw attention to key design elements is use spot gloss UV varnish. This approach only applies the gloss varnish to a selected area (typically a logo, a few key words or an image) before hardening it using UV light.

Colours appear much brighter and more vivid as the varnish catches the light and you can even add glitter for a really sparkling finish. Because the smooth texture and sheen creates such a contrast against matt stock you can use it to create really striking patterns. Not surprisingly, spot gloss UV varnish is one of the most popular printing techniques available.

Embossing

Specialist finishes

The ultimate in tactile print. By raising up parts of the page, embossing adds emphasis and dimension by creating shadows and highlights to accentuate the design or image. 

Best results tend to be achieved with card stocks of 250 gsm – 300 gsm. Although you can emboss outside this range, we don’t recommend going lower than 200 gsm or higher than 350 gsm.

Fabulous on its own, stunning when combined with other printing techniques such as foiling, embossing has the power to elevate the perceived quality and importance of the company, product or service it is promoting.

Spot Matt UV Varnish

Specialist finishes

An interesting, unusual and tactile finish can be achieved using matt UV varnish to single out particular words or shapes against a gloss background.

As with spot gloss, it isn't suited to very small or intricate detail and you do need to allow a little extra turnaround time, but the result is worth it.

It isn’t often seen simply because not many people are aware it. Spot gloss is the more obvious and frequently used option, which gives the matt alternative a unique and radical feel.

Soft touch laminate

Specialist finishes

Add a little luxury to your marketing collateral with soft touch lamination. Wonderfully tactile, it instantly conveys a sense of quality and, because it engages your sense of touch, it creates a lasting impression which can really amplify your message.

Colours stay vibrant with soft touch lamination. It's robust, isn't prone to marking and although it is more expensive than matt lamination, it isn't prohibitively so. The end result can create a real WOW factor and add even more impact to your literature. 

If you want your brochure to be kept and shared with potential customers and decision makers, soft touch lamination is definitely worth considering.

Perfect Binding

Specialist finishes

You may not be familiar with the term, but you will be with the finished look. Perfect binding is a widely used soft cover book binding method where the pages and cover are glued together at the spine. The remaining sides are trimmed to give them clean, ‘perfect’ edges.

Ideal for thicker brochures and magazines, perfect binding is also a popular binding method for annual and corporate reports, as it can add to the perception of authority, quality and professionalism.

PUR binding gives the same finish as perfect binding but uses stronger glue for a more robust and durable result. In particular, it suits publications with a high page count. Your Bishops Account Manager will be pleased to help you choose the right binding for your publication.

Saddle Stitching

Specialist finishes

Staple binding to the uninitiated! A hugely popular binding method commonly used for brochures, programmes, booklets, newsletters and pamphlets.

Choose saddle stitching if you want the pages of your publication to lie flat when you open it out. Saddle stitching is more economical than perfect binding, but once you get past 64 – 80 pages (depending on the paper stock) the book becomes too bulky to fold properly and you lose the neat, flat, appearance. That’s when you need to switch to perfect binding.

Typically, saddle stitched products will have two staples binding the pages together, but larger books may require more. You can also choose to off-set the position of the staples (called staggered stitching) to make the end result less bulky for efficient storage.