Embossing / Debossing

When you want your designs to stand out.

An embossed surface is a raised three dimensional image created during the printmaking process. It’s a great technique that stimulates the senses turning your business cards, invites and publications into something that not only looks good but feels great too.

The word itself is old school French, coming from em (into) and boce (protuberance) and at Windmill it’s one of our most requested techniques our clients use to add a touch of class, texture and dimension to their projects.

Turning the process on it’s head and pressing an image or text into the card is called debossing. The depth of the imprint is often perceived as a lot more than is really there and creates an effect that turns heads.

The Windmill Approach

Embossing and debossing are two different processes, although often mistaken for each other.
Embossing gives a raised effect, making the design stand out, literally. Debossing is indenting the design into the card.
The mechanical precision of printing and foiling can be embossed or debossed to an outstanding standard. Blind embossing is a process where embossing or debossing is used alone for a more subtle effect, without any print or foil.

Embossing uses a ‘male’ metal die and a ‘female’ counterforce. The card is trapped between these two parts when on the press and raises the details which are being embossed on the card. There are different types of embossing dies available – flat dies, round dies and multi-level dies. We use some of the best dies available where incredible detail can be achieved.

Debossing is achieved by pressing a die into the card – a similar process to foiling except there is more pressure but no foil applied.

See more examples of Embossing / Debossing in the showcase.

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@ShetlandReelGin Labels hot off the press and straight to the bottling line! Great to see them :)
10/10/2017
We produced these lovely foil blocked notebook covers for @markandfold - here's the finished product available from… https://t.co/RY0oufvP3t
10/10/2017
RT @Antalis_UK: The winner of the Stationery category is…@markandfold in collaboration with Catherine Nippe with the 2017 Diary #antalisrev…
10/10/2017
Incredible detail on the blind embossing seen on these notebooks for @markandfold #emboss #notebooks… https://t.co/IlUj5nFBiT
10/10/2017
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10/10/2017
RT @ShetlandReelGin: We are soo excited to share the newly designed bottles with you! Hope you like them! https://t.co/xZbnGB4rJs
10/10/2017
@gdfscotland Looking great! Can't wait to be there on the 20th :)
11/10/2017
Just had to repost another few images of these lovely notebooks! #foilblocking #hotfoil #luxurystationery… https://t.co/k6TtcEQmqU
12/10/2017
RT @m_maruszka: So many beautifully printed/crafted goodies in one place ?? @windmillprint @gdfscotland https://t.co/gjQvEY6d6N
20/10/2017
Had a great time seeing everyone at our stand at graphic design festival Scotland today! Lots of nice samples give… https://t.co/TVuMSQXgG4
20/10/2017
We've been busy with a new project the past couple of days... postcard packs for @gdfscotland ! @imajicabrandevo… https://t.co/J64FZ7HDmo
20/10/2017
8 shades of @colorplanpapers in our postcard packs, including the new #marrsgreen ?? @GFSmithpapers… https://t.co/98T2j6u18h
20/10/2017
#lasercut postcards being finished off.... @gdfscotland @GFSmithpapers @imajicabrandevo @colorplanpapers… https://t.co/xmZERJTEbN
20/10/2017
RT @gdfscotland: TopForm is in full swing! #topformuk #gdfs https://t.co/jgvTz6ixtH
21/10/2017
Great to see our foiled booklets in here! https://t.co/h2JJkguyIk
31/10/2017
@the_teasmith Thank you ?? a beautiful label for an amazing gin!
02/11/2017
RT @the_teasmith: Our beautiful labels coming off the printer #masterofcraft @windmillprint https://t.co/SdBOrIoITr
02/11/2017
RT @the_teasmith: Absolutely delighted that @fortytwo_studio have been awarded THREE design awards for Teasmith @thedrum @Scots_Creative #…
02/11/2017
#Repost @lilliesprotectors (@get_repost) ??? The feeling of everything falling together and ready to hit the shelves of retailers very soon // #heelprotectors #autumn2017 #fashion #trendsetter #3dprinting #health #lifestyle #heels #protectors #shoes #saveyourback #changingposture #bridalwear #blueheels #fashionista #fashionaddict #fashionstyle #fashionpost #ootd #ootdfashion #goldfoil #slipcase #whiteandgold #boxes #packagingdesign #packaging #packagingbox #packaginggoals
07/11/2017
Proud to work with @tangentgraphic on more print... #Repost @tangentgraphic (@get_repost) ??? New work with @dundeeuni — MA Liberal Arts brochure for the US market. We also created a range of promotional and informative material. — #Dundee #DundeeUniversity #University #Branding #Promotional #Print #Digital #Design #US #USA #America #students #windmillprint #windmillprinted #lithograph #lithoprint #diecutting
07/11/2017
2 x die-cut panels on this piece for @tangentgraphic - great design and really happy with how this one turned out! #Repost @tangentgraphic (@get_repost) ??? New work with @dundeeuni — MA Liberal Arts brochure for the US market. We also created a range of promotional and informative material. — #Dundee #DundeeUniversity #University #Branding #Promotional #Print #Digital #Design #US #USA #America #Students #windmillprint #windmillprinted #lithographic #lithoprint #brochures #brochuredesign #glasgowdesigners
07/11/2017
Some lovely stationery we've just produced for @7narchitects Designed by @noeassociates - this stationery is foil blocked white and grey and colour edged a punchy pantone yellow. And of course... its on @gfsmithpapers Colorplan. #Repost @7narchitects (@get_repost) ??? Thank you to @noeassociates and @windmillprinting for our new custom made stationary using @colorplan_papers from @gfsmithpapers #stationary #newlook #windmillprint #colorplan @foilcoltd @colorplan_papers @gfspauls #foiling #foilblocking #hotfoilstamping #hotfoil #colour #pantone #colouredged #yellow #edinburgh #edinburgharchitect #Print
14/11/2017
RT @7NArchitects: Thanks to Noe Associates and @windmillprint for our new custom made stationery using @colorplanpapers from @GFSmithpapers…
14/11/2017
A time-consuming finishing job.... But the end product makes it all worth it ?? #workinprogress #windmillprinted #binding
07/12/2017
Love this video! And some great shots of our labels too ?? #windmillprinted #labels #foilblocking #windmillprint… https://t.co/fQjDNLjovh
07/12/2017
A great foil blocking and embossing job going out the door today.... @lochnessspirits #foiling #foilblocking #hotfoilstamping #hotoffthepress #embossing #emboss #windmillprint #windmillprinted #compliments
15/12/2017