What is foil imprinting?
Foil imprinting, also called hot stamping, is a combination of heat and pressure along with an etched magnesium plate and foil film, which seals in a great looking imprint.
Top Left: A magnesium plate with etched art. Bottom Left: Rolls of metallic gold foil film waiting to be hot stamped. Right: Finished folder with gold foil stamping.
Preparing 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 cannot supply us with satisfactory art, our graphics department is staffed with professional graphic designers and typesetters who may be able to assist you. Art that requires extensive cleanup may require an additional art charge.
Good logo for hot foil stamping.
Bad logo for hot foil stamping.
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.
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, and Teal metallic (mirror finish) foils or Black, Orange, and Reflex Blue non-metallic foils. Please call for availability if you require a color not listed.
Hot Stamping: How We Do It
So now we bring all the individual components to create the finished product: the product that will be imprinted, the magnesium plate, and the foil film. 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.
All pricing is for 1 color, 1 location imprints. Foil imprint pricing details can be found on our product pages.
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.
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:
Paper Photo Folders
Cardboard Photo Frames
Photo Insert Cards
In addition to hot stamping, we also offer 4-color process printing and embossing services.