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Embossing and debossing are processes of pressing paper into relief using heat and force. The procedure involves the use of two etched metal dies, a raised (male) counter-die and recessed (female) die. The raised die forces the folder stock into the recessed die to create the embossed impression.

Embossing creates a raised impression while debossing creates an indented impression.

Embossing is generally the process most often employed to attract attention or convey high quality textural contrast in relation to the surrounding area. Debossing applies pressure to the front side of paper stock forcing the material away or down from the paper surface. Debossing is not as commonly used as embossing.

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Business Cards
Markeint Materials

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