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April 19, 2017

Protective, flexible – Lamination is quite a material!

Have you ever wondered how lamination protects your printed piece, how it affects your graphics or how it makes your paper feel different to the touch? This here is an interesting read that we created for PaperSpecs:

Unlike protective liquid finishes such as aqueous coating, varnish or UV, film lamination actually reinforces paper, extending its life and improving the performance of printed pieces. Since it is a film, it stretches and flexes – something liquid coatings cannot do. And as it is made from inert nylon or polypropylene, it is also recyclable!

The Beauty of Natural Matte Lamination
Tucker Advisory Group, one of the top financial marketing companies in the nation, came to Corporate Image when they wanted to create a stronger seminar kit for their training sessions. They designed a portfolio closure binder that combines 4-color printing with gorgeous spot gloss UV highlights. To make the spot UV really pop, Corporate Image laminated the binder with a smooth natural matte polypropylene film for extra contrast. The subtle, non-reflective appearance of the lamination combined with the spot gloss UV not only impressed, it won them a Graphic Design USA In House design award.

Make your Graphics Shine with Gloss Lamination
X-Rite Pantone, experts in blending the art and science of color in their own right, wanted to add richness to the artwork on their custom pocket folder. That’s why Corporate Image recommended a gloss nylon lamination – a clear, reflective film that enhances printing and intensifies color. And their pocket folders definitely grab attention with their brilliant color graphics!

Add Texture to your Gloss Lamination with a Linen Emboss
Gloss lamination creates a very smooth surface while natural matte lamination feels silkier to the touch. To introduce a tactile element to gloss lamination, Corporate Image offers an optional linen embossing. This is great when you want to minimize fingerprints, scratching and scuffing on your presentation materials. Plus the linen texture creates a unique surface and almost feels like a fabric covering. This is not only beautiful to the eye but also an interesting sensation for your fingertips!

Matte Soft Touch Lamination – Feel the Difference
The ultimate tactile experience for printed presentation products, however, is matte soft touch lamination. When Corporate Image first introduced this nylon film, it garnered instant attention. And it is exactly what Wall Protex, a leading provider of wall protection interiors (and their creative agency, Spire2 Communications) had in mind. The outstanding design of their sales tote and the tactile appeal of the soft touch lamination are a perfect match. While the uniquely shaped box holds their samples securely in place, the lamination protects their artwork.

Soft touch lamination is one of Corporate Image’s most popular lamination options as it is ideal for heavily used presentation materials. Building products manufacturers love to use it for their architectural folders and sample boxes as it creates a refined, elegant look. Financial companies surprise their customers with soft touch pocket folders while medical companies use it to differentiate their patient information kits.

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