Services | Laminations & Finishes

Friesens offers a wide range of in-house cover enhancements to make your packaging stand out.


Lamination

The most commonly used cover coating is 1/2 mil. mylar lamination. In addition to adding visual appeal to your package, it adds strength. Lamination can be coated, embossed, debossed, or foil stamped and is available in the following finishes:

  • Gloss
  • Matte
  • Satin scuff resistant
  • Matte scuff resistant nylon

Coatings

Coatings are used for extra protection from the elements and allows for select areas on your package to stand out.

  • Aqueous Coating
    • Gloss coating applied as a flood coat.
  • Elkote
    • Matte coating applied as a flood coat, usually over a gloss laminate.
  • Spotkote
    • High gloss finish which is eco-friendly, ozone, and solvent free, and operates without plates. Coating is applied on a matte laminate.
  • Spot UV
    • High gloss finish which can be precisely registered to your artwork.

Additional Cover Enhancements

  • Embossing
    • Embossing means raising the image above the paper level. This is done by heat and force. A male and female die is required for the embossing process where dies are pressed together to raise selected features on the package.
  • Debossing
    • Debossing is the process of indenting or stamping down into the cover material. It is recommended you use a 120pt. cover board for this effect. Debossing uses a single flat die, usually made of magnesium or copper.
  • Sculptured Dies
    • Sculptured dies are mainly used for intricate designs with many levels of embossing. These dies are produced using up to seven levels of relief on the finished project. A male and female die are produced for this process and require a great deal of pressure to achieve the different elevations.
  • Foil Stamping
    • Foil stamping is a popular finish, enhancing your cover or dust jacket. It involves a simple flat die which is heated, and the stamped with foil onto paper.
  • Think4D®
    • Think 4D® is a Friesens patented technology transforming two-dimensional printing into an ultra three-dimensional art form.
  • Die Cutting
    • The die cutting process, like foil stamping and embossing, requires a die, dies can be made for sample squares or circles, or more complex designs.