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What is foil stamping?

Foil stamping—also called hot stamping or foil imprinting—is the process in which artwork is transferred from a magnesium plate onto the finished product. The etched magnesium plate is pressed into the unrolled foil film, and the heat and pressure seals the foil onto your photo folder or frame. We foil stamp cardboard photo folders, paper picture frames, and photo cards using this timeless technique.


Plate used for foil stamped photo folders | Studio Style

Magnesium plate for foil stamping

This is the etched magnesium plate (sometimes called a foil stamping die) used for imprinting your folders. Notice the sharp edges and precise details, especially in the fish.

Gold foil for custom imprinted portrait folders by Studio Style

Rolls of metallic foil

Our foil comes in rolls like this. The foil stamping plate is pushed into the unrolled film, which then transfers the foil film onto your folder or frame and seals in your imprint.

Foil stamped photo event folder by Studio Style

Plate + foil + pressure = Foil Stamping

The finished product! We take pride in making precise imprints of your artwork, and we use high-quality foil that won't rub off. Shown here on our contemporary black portrait folder.


How to prepare your artwork for foil stamping

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.

File formats we accept: PDF, AI, EPS, PSD, JPG, JPEG, TIF, TIFF, and PNG file formats. As a general rule, we require a minimum of 300 dpi for foil stamping. See our artwork guidelines ➜

If you are unable to provide us with factory-ready art, our art department is here to help. Our experienced graphic designers can transform your art so that it comes out exactly how you envision it. Art that requires extensive cleanup may require an additional art charge.

Good logo for hot foil stamping

Good logo for hot foil stamping.

Bad logo for hot foil stamping

Bad logo for hot foil stamping.


Metallic Foil Colors

Metallic gold foil
Metallic Bright Gold
Metallic silver foil
Metallic Bright Silver
Metallic copper foil
Metallic Bright Copper
Metallic blue foil
Metallic Royal Blue
Metallic teal foil
Metallic Bright Teal
Metallic purple foil
Metallic Bright Purple
Metallic dark purple foil
Metallic Dark Purple
Metallic fuchsia foil
Metallic Fuchsia
Metallic burgundy foil
Metallic Burgundy
Metallic red foil
Metallic Bright Red
Metallic green foil
Metallic Bright Green
Satin silver foil
Satin Silver
Satin gold foil
Satin Gold

Non-Metallic Foil Colors

Navy blue non-metallic foil
Navy Blue
Reflex blue non-metallic foil
Reflex Blue
Medium blue non-metallic foil
Medium Blue
Forest green non-metallic foil
Forest Green
Kelly green non-metallic foil
Kelly Green
Teal non-metallic foil
Teal
Pink non-metallic foil
Pink
Yellow non-metallic foil
Yellow
Orange non-metallic foil
Orange
Red non-metallic foil
Red
Maroon non-metallic foil
Maroon
Black non-metallic foil
Black
White non-metallic foil
White

Please call for availability if you require a color not listed.


How we transfer your art onto folders with hot stamping

Once your art and layout have been approved, the image is etched onto a magnesium foil stamping plate (also known as a metal die). The stamping process can now start on a specialized foil stamping press.

The foil film is unrolled and sandwiched between the magnesium plate (which has been heated to an appropriate temperature) and the blank photo folder, frame, or card. The plate and product are then pressed together. Through heat and pressure (hence the term "Hot Stamping") the thin layer of foil is transferred off the roll and onto the product.

New imprinting orders are charged a new plate and machine set-up fee. Foil stamping plates are kept on file for 2 years. If your order is repeated within that time frame, the order will only be charged the machine set-up fee.


Pricing for foil stamped photo folders, frames, and cards

All pricing is for 1 color, 1 location imprints. Foil imprint pricing details can be found on our product pages. Please review the "Personalization & Shipping Details" on those pages before ordering.

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.


Have more questions about foil stamped photo holders?

We're here to help. Call us at (800) 346-3063, chat with us, or send us an email anytime.


Learn a little more about foil stamped portrait folders

Watch and learn as we chat about imprint design tips, turnaround times, color options, and more.


What photo products can you imprint?

We manufacture an expansive line of portrait and event folders, easel back frames, and photo insert greeting cards. You'll find that adding a foil imprint makes our blank, stock product uniquely your own. Look for the personalization button when purchasing your items to create your custom imprinted product.

Here are some of the paper products we can imprint:


In addition to hot stamping, we also offer 4-color process printing and embossing services (please inquire for details).