So you have an eye catching cover design, but you’re looking for a way to spice it up and make it truly come to life. There are numerous coatings to choose from and techniques that your printer can use to make your title stand out from the crowd.
Coatings are used to enhance the appearance of a book cover while at the same time protecting it against wear and tear from handling. Some coatings are better suited for paperbound covers while others perform better on dust jackets or printed cases.
Nylon Gloss Lay Flat Film Lamination – is a high gloss film lamination. The best use is for paperbound covers to prevent curling caused by humidity. Both Polyester Gloss Film Lamination and Nylon Gloss Lay Flat Film Lamination look identical.
Polyester Gloss Film Lamination – is a high gloss film lamination. This lamination is not considered lay flat and is subject to curling if exposed to changes in humidity. The best uses are for printed case and dust jackets that do not require lay flat characteristics. Both Polyester Gloss Film Lamination and Nylon Gloss Lay Flat Film Lamination look identical.
Nylon Matte Lay Flat Scuff Resistant Film Lamination – is a dull matte film lamination. It is the only matte coating that is lay flat. It is used for all paperbound covers requesting matte film lamination. Lay Flat Matte Film Lamination can alter the perception of ink colors which is more apparent on dark colors.
Polyester Matte Film Lamination – is a dull matte film lamination. This lamination is not lay flat and is subject to curling if exposed to changes in humidity. The best uses are for printed cases and dust jackets that do not require lay flat characteristics. It can be used for paperbound products but covers could curl if exposed to changes in humidity. One of the advantages of this coating is that it is durable.
Polyester Satin Film Lamination – is a semi-gloss film lamination. This lamination is not lay flat and is subject to curling if exposed to changes in humidity. The best uses are for printed cloth and dust jackets that do not require lay flat characteristics. It can be used for paperbound products but the covers may curl if exposed to changes in humidity.
Spot Press Varnish and Polyester Gloss Lamination – uses high gloss clear film lamination with press varnish applied over the film lamination. This allows the gloss lamination to highlight specific “spots”, such as titles or logos, and ensures the entire cover is protected.
Aqueous Gloss Coating – is a thin coating applied to a printed sheet for appearance. It is generally cheaper than lamination but with less gloss appearance and provides little to no protection. This coating, while economical, is prone to scuffing and marking of the coating.
Because coatings can alter the appearance of colors, Sheridan has created a coating swatch booklet that allows you to easily see and feel the coatings side by side. Contact your sales representative to request a sample today.
TECHNIQUES THAT BRING YOUR COVER TO LIFE
(This section is an excerpt from an earlier post Let Your Cover Shine)
Foil stamping – When adding an extra PMS color to your cover just won’t do, foil stamping is a great choice to add a bit of shine to title headings and images.
Embossing/debossing – Great for titles, phrases, and images that you want to “pop” – embossing raises specific areas of a cover creating a 3-D image while debossing recesses the design rather than raising it.
Have it all! – For that extra special touch and to make your cover really stand out we can foil stamp your cover first and then print over it to make the colors truly sparkle! By further employing embossing and spot coating techniques, you are sure to have an eye catching cover.
To learn more about how Sheridan can make your paperbound cover, printed case, or dust jacket stand out, or to see a sample of any or all of these techniques, contact your sales representative.
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