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What is foil imprinting?

Foil imprinting, also called hot stamping, is a combination of heat & pressure along with an etched magnesium plate & foil film, which seals in a great looking imprint.

The Process of Hot Stamping Foil

Top Left: A magnesium plate with etched art. Right: Finished folder with gold foil stamping. Bottom Left: Rolls of metallic gold foil film waiting to be hot stamped.


A great looking foil imprint starts with a crisp clean black and white image. Your artwork can be a graphic, a logo, typographic lettering, just text or a combination of these elements. Artwork should not contain fine lines, gradients, drop shadows or textures as these will not produce a desirable result. We can accept .psd, .jpg, .jpeg, .tif, .tiff, and .eps format files. As a general rule we require a minimum of 300 dpi for foil stamping.

Hot Stamping Foil

If you cannot supply us with satisfactory art, our graphics department is staffed with professional graphic designers & typesetters who may be able to assist you. Art that requires extensive cleanup may require an additional art prep charge.

Foil Stamping Plate

Once your art and layout have been approved, the image is etched onto a magnesium foil stamping plate which is also known as a metal die. New imprinting orders are charged a new plate and machine set-up fee. Foil stamping plates are kept on file for one calendar year. If your order is repeated within a one year time frame, the order will only be charged the machine set-up fee.

Foil Films

The foil coloring that is transferred to your frame or folder comes in large rolls. Foil film comes in a variety of color options. Our 11 most popular include: silver, gold, blue, red, green, copper, purple & teal metallic (mirror finish) foils or black, orange & reflex blue non-metallic foils. Please call for availability if you require a color not listed.

Hot Stamping

Bringing all these elements together: the product to be imprinted, the magnesium plate and foil film; the actual stamping process can begin on a specialized foil stamping press.

The foil film is unrolled and sandwiched between the magnesium plate, which has been heated up to an appropriate temperature and the product to be imprinted. The plate and product are pressed together and through heat and pressure (hence the term "Hot Stamping") the thin layer of foil is transferred off the roll and onto the product.


All pricing is for 1 color, 1 location imprints.

If your job requires additional colors or locations (example: logo on front cover, and text on inside window border), please call us to place your order, as additional charges will apply.

Imprintable Products manufactures an expansive line of portrait and event folders, easel back frames, presentation pocket folders and photo insert greeting cards. You'll find that adding a foil imprint makes our stock product uniquely your own. Look for the personalization button when purchasing your items to begin the process of creating a custom product.

To get started, here are some of the paper products we can imprint:

In addition to hot stamping, we also offer 4-color process printing & embossing services.