Recent innovations in thermography have made the thermographic process available for use on a broad range of applications that serve to enhance the printed image.

Thermography can also provide a less expensive alternative to foil stamping, embossed printing, or UV coating.

Thermography, or raised printing, adds an exciting new dimension to a wide variety of printed materials. Popular uses for thermography include:

  • Annual Report Covers
  • Business Cards
  • Business Stationery / Letterheads
  • Gift Wrapping Paper
  • Graduation Diplomas
  • Greeting Cards
  • Packaging Materials
  • Point of Purchase Displays
  • Presentation Folders
  • Social Announcements
  • Wedding Invitations

Printed products that have a different texture, a bright shine and a textured feel can help get the printed materials noticed. This process helps these products to “Stand Out In a Crowd”.

Thermography can also be used in the printing of Braille text.

In order to obtain the best thermographic printing results, off-set printing is recommended. Although less efficient, the process can be completed by using letterpress equipment as well.

Other printing suggestions to obtain the desired results in thermographic printing include the choice of paper stock to be printed on.

The optimum results are obtained by printing on a smooth surfaced paper or other substrate. Thermographic printing on textured or heavily grained paper may give a slightly ragged look to the thermography. This effect might have some artistic value, but it will be a difficult effect to reproduce on a consistent basis. Paper or other substrates that have a surface with loose fibers are also to be avoided as grains of powder may be occluded in the surface.

Thermographic printing can only be applied on one side of the printed sheet of paper or other substrate, as applying the necessary heat to the second side would adversely affect the first side.

Thermography should not be used over a fold or within a one fourth of an inch from the edges of the paper, as the raised ink tends to fracture when folded or cut.