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Raise the Bar on Your Print Designs With Thermography Printing

Designers can add dimension and texture to their printed stationery and folder projects using raised print, also known as thermography printing.  Sometimes confused with more expensive engraving, thermography is a special printing process with unique advantages.

The process of thermography printing involves a special powder that is added to the wet ink printed on paper stock. After removing the excess powder, the printed piece is heated and the powder and ink mixture dries to form a raised effect on paper. It is typically used with one or two standard colors.  Raised printing produces the look and feel of a higher-end engraved product, but at a fraction of the cost.

For pieces that will be used in office printers or copies, like letterhead, it is best to use “laser safe” thermography to ensure that raised ink does not melt under the heat of these devices.  

Thermography can be used only on one side of the paper. Raised printing should not be used over a fold or close to the edges of the paper, as the raised ink tends to fracture when folded.

Thermography is commonly used for business cards, stationery products like letterhead and envelopes, announcements, presentation folders and report covers.

One of the biggest benefits to thermography is that it gives a high quality look at a low cost. Adding texture and a bit of shine, thermography adds a high quality touch to spot color printing. It also makes colors more vibrant.