Special Finishes


As well as types of paper, there are options on finishes that will effect a printed piece. At the Brighton Print Company most of our finishing is completed in-house at our factory in Hove. Whatever your desired finished look is we’re here to make it happen from metallic inks to intricate di-cutting, our repertoire is vast.

Here below are some of the finishes available but if you would like to discuss your ideas with us we have samples of finished products at our print shop.

Different Types of Print Finishing

  • Creasing
  • Di Cutting
  • De-bossing
  • Embossing
  • Foil Blocking
  • Folding
  • Laminating
  • Metallic/ Floresent inks
  • Numbering
  • Perforating
  • Spot uv
  • Thermographic



Product Description


Often with lamination you might not actually see the laminate which is a thin plastic coating heat sealed onto the paper. You will however feel it as it creates a smooth and impervious finish. This will likely be a matt laminate. Gloss lamination is more readably seen and again adds to the tactile quality of a page. Often lamination is only used on a brochures cover as it can add considerably to the cost of a print job.

UV Varnishing

With both gloss and matt finishes available UV varnishing gives a similar effect to lamination although the process is more akin to printing a spot colour. With not quite the same feel as a laminate it has benefits in that it is generally cheaper to employ and can be printed on to discreet sections of a page such as a logo or image. Metallic Inks

These are again spot printed onto a page and can add a bit of oomph to a brochure when used judiciously. They have a reflective quality due to the metallic constituent in the ink. Available in a variety of pantone colours they are best employed fairly simple areas due to the viscosity of the ink.

Foil Blocking

A technique where metallic foil is applied to a page using heat and pressure to create a reflective area. The effect is usually more eye catching than a metallic ink as the foil has a greater reflective properties and sits on top of the paper rather than being partially absorbed as is the case with the ink. The down side of this is that it is more expensive than metallic ink requiring a special dye to be made and will often be carried out in a specialised workshop.


The technique of raising up a portion of the page to create a shadow. This, like foil blocking, requires a special dye to be made and subsequently can add significantly to the overall cost of a job.

Die cutting

A metal tool which punches is hole or edge into a piece of artwork ito create a irregular shape in the substrate, usually card or paper. Like a pie cutter in application, A die cutter is often used used to create packaging from a regular sheet, but can also be used in brochure design to create an unusual cover or to knockout a hole for a image to show through.

The cutter is a series of blades set in a block to create a single unbroken but irregular edge and can be combined with scoring to create folds in the paper. These have a significant make ready cost and are usually only used when a budget permits.