Lamination is the process of applying a thin layer of plastic to paper or card sheets to enhance and protect the printed matter. Common types of laminate are gloss, matt and silk. Lamination is often used for packaging, book covers, brochures, business cards and other printed items.
Lamination adds a layer of protection against fingerprints and smudges, stains and spills, tears and wrinkles, marks and abrasions, plus oil, grease, dirt, moisture and other contaminants. Lamination also allows for your indoor prints to be used outside as the layer of lamination protect the inks from the Ultraviolet light that over time will fade your inks used on your printed documents and artwork. Lamination improves appearance by enhancing the ink colours.
Lamination finishes provide many advantages to the user, such as being tear resistant, more durable and water resistant. Having materials laminated also allows them to be handled more and prevents them from the wear and tear of everyday practices, such as creasing, staining and sun damage.
Matt lamination gives an elegant and sophisticated finish, which is why it is a common choice for many. Compared to other glosses, a matt laminate is more of a ‘natural’ look. Unlike gloss lamination, matt lamination can provide a softer look, as it can produce lower contrast on darker colours.
The texture of a matt laminate is velvety, which makes it a pleasant handling experience for numerous users.
Gloss laminates are often a popular choice, and it’s not difficult to see why. Writing and pictures often appear more crisp and sharper, whilst also having more contrast.
Gloss lamination also is a durable choice as it repels dirt, dust and fingerprints with ease. If the laminate does come in contact with dirt, it is easily wiped clean due to its glossy and shiny texture.
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Cost of Lamination
Lamination jobs are priced based on the type of laminate used, the sheet size and the quantity of sheets. Gloss lamination is cheaper than matt. Cellotouch and Cellogreen are a premium option, but still very popular because of the benefits they bring. Because of the vast range of laminates we price most jobs based on each individual order. As a standard we stock a matt lamination material which promotes anti glare for our sign products.
Soft Touch Lamination
Soft touch lamination, sometimes called Cellotouch, offers a protective finish with a matt effect and a soft, velvet-like texture. This distinctive finish encourages people to engage with the product due to its appealing surface.
As a result of its premium feel, soft touch lamination is ideal for use on luxury packaging, high-end brochures and business cards. This finish is sure to leave lasting impressions upon those who come across the product, as it often receives an inquisitive response.
Textured laminates are available. Celloglas stocks linen effect laminate, this offers a raised gloss finish and adds a level of protection to the printed sheet.
there are textured laminates to match every type of material you can think of, metals like steel and iron, wood textures for oaks, pines and teeks along with animal skin textures, sand and even water..
Thomas Dean Design offer 100’s of textured laminates however these are not stock items and samples have to be pre ordered from our supplier.
Lamination and Encapsulation are two different ways of applying a plastic coating to paper or card. However what most people call lamination is actually encapsulation.
When you cover a sheet of paper in plastic so that there is a lip going all the way around it, making the whole sheet water tight you are Encapsulating.
Starting your Project with us
In order to start your project with us we advise you gather your research and information so you can present your ideas to us. Contact us using our contact form or simply give us a call, a member our design team will be ready to book you in for a FREE 1 hour design consultation. recognise if a sheet of paper is laminated, is if they rip the corner of the sheet. Only that way can you see the layer of plastic.