Debossing & Embossing Onto Custom Branded Compendiums

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What is debossing or embossing onto compendiums?

What is debossing or embossing?

Debossing or embossing is a printing technique in which an image or design is pressed into a material, creating a depressed or indented area. This is often used compendium material such as PU, leather look and leather goods to create a distinctive texture or mark, and can be combined with other printing techniques such as foil stamping or embossing.

The process of embossing involves applying pressure to a material to create a raised or three-dimensional image or design on its surface. The pressure is applied using a metal die or plate that has been custom-made to match the desired design. The resulting embossed design gives the material a unique texture and can be used to add visual interest, brand a product, or personalize an item.

There are 3 basic elements in achieving emboss/deboss:

The combination of pressure, time, and heat is crucial in achieving a high-quality emboss. These three elements work together to control the depth, clarity, and definition of the embossed design. The pressure applied determines the depth of the emboss, the time the pressure is applied affects the clarity of the design, and the heat applied helps to set the embossed design and maintain its shape. The specific combination of these elements will vary depending on the type of material being embossed, the design being embossed, and the desired final result. Therefore, it’s important to carefully control these elements to ensure a consistent, high-quality embossed product.

What are the factors determining the finished appearance?

The thickness and quality of the material being embossed are two important factors that determine the finished appearance of an embossed design. The thickness of the material will affect the depth of the emboss, as well as the amount of pressure required to create the emboss. The quality of the material will impact its ability to hold the embossed design, as well as the clarity and definition of the final result. Other factors, such as the design being embossed, the size of the embossed area, and the type of metal or plate used to apply the pressure, can also impact the final appearance of the emboss. By carefully considering all of these factors and adjusting the embossing process accordingly, it is possible to achieve a high-quality embossed design with a consistent, attractive appearance.

Genuine Leather: Genuine leather is a material made from tanned animal hide that is known for its durability and ability to hold embossed images effectively. It is thicker than other materials, which contributes to the depth and contrast of the embossed design.

Bonded Leather: Bonded leather is a type of leather made from leather scraps that have been pulped and reformed with a laminated surface. While it can have a good appearance with a shallow emboss, the quality of the bond between the leather fibers and the laminated surface can affect the sharpness of the embossed design. Poor bonding can result in rounded edges on the embossed image.

Pleather: also known as synthetic leather or faux leather, is a composite material made from a mixture of reconstituted leather and plastic. The composition of pleather can vary depending on the desired end product and the desired price point, with the manufacturer adjusting the amount of leather and plastic used based on the specifications provided. As a result, the embossing process can be more challenging, as the heat must be adjusted to accommodate the lesser amount of leather in the material.

Synthetic Leather (PU & Other Variations: PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) are non-leather materials that can be embossed, but the quality of the emboss is determined by the underlying material to which the PU/PVC coating is laminated. If the underlying material is smooth, the emboss can look good, but if it has a woven pattern, that pattern will be visible in solid areas of the emboss. The embossed image will not be as sharp around the edges as it would be on a thicker and more solid material.

Summary – Embossing a piece of material or leather before manufacture will result in a more consistent outcome, as there is only the thickness of the material to emboss into. Embossing a finished product, however, can lead to variations due to the multiple layers, including material/leather, foam, cardboard, and internal pockets, each with its own unique thickness. Additionally, embossing leather, which is a natural material, can also result in variations due to the different textures of the hides used. Despite these variations, the final result of embossing is generally very good and gives a quality appearance to the products.

What is debossing onto compendiums?

Embossing on compendiums refers to a printing process in which a design or image is raised from the surface of the material, creating a three-dimensional effect. This technique is often used on compendium covers to add a decorative touch, brand a logo, or personalize the item with text or an image. The process works by applying pressure to the back of the material with a metal die, which pushes the material up and creates the embossed design on the front.

What is foil debossing?

Foil debossing and foil prints are a printing technique that combines the elements of foil stamping and debossing. It involves using a metal die and heat to press a thin layer of foil into the surface of an item, creating a recessed design that appears in the foil color. The foil used in foil debossing is usually made of a thin layer of metal, such as gold or silver, which is applied to the surface of the item using heat and pressure. The result is a design that is both subtle and eye-catching, making it a popular choice for adding a personalized touch to items such as compendiums, folders, wallets pad covers, menus, iPad covers, organisers, diaries, notebooks.

Foil printing, also known as hot stamping, involves the application of a thin layer of foil to a product to create a decorative or branding effect. The foil can be metallic, colored, or clear and is stamped onto the product using heat and pressure. The process can be used on a variety of surfaces, including Leather – PVC – Polyurethane – Polycarbonates – Styrene – Polypropylene – Polyethylene –
Most plastics – Paper – Cardboard., and more. The use of foil adds a level of visual interest and helps to enhance the overall look and feel of the product.

Foil printing (hot stamping) uses a combination of materials to create a decorative or branding effect on a compdndium. The structure of the foil typically consists of a polyester carrier, a pigment layer for color, and an adhesive layer. The polyester carrier is a high-temperature material that is able to withstand the varying temperatures applied during the hot stamping process. The pigment layer provides the color, while the adhesive layer is used to adhere the foil to the product. Different foils have different adhesives that are designed to stick to different surfaces, including leather, leather-look and PVC materials. This allows for a range of different materials to be decorated with foil printing, making it a versatile printing technique for a variety of applications.

In the past we have often used traditional gold’s and silver foils for printing.  Now we offer a full metallic colour range for you to choose from.

How is an debossing die made?

An embossing die is made using a metal fabrication process. The process typically involves the following steps:

  1. Design Creation: A digital design is created in a computer-aided design (CAD) software program. This design will serve as the basis for the embossing die.
  2. Die Cutting: The design is transferred to a metal plate, usually made of steel or brass. The plate is then cut to the desired shape using a computer-controlled laser or die-cutting machine.
  3. Finishing: The cut metal plate is then polished and finished to remove any rough edges or sharp corners.
  4. Hardening: The metal plate is heat-treated or hardened to make it durable and long-lasting.
  5. Mounting: The finished metal plate is then mounted onto a special press, which will apply the pressure needed to create the embossed design.

The process of making an embossing die can be complex and requires specialised equipment and expertise. It is often done by professional die-making companies – like us, who create the dies to the exact specifications provided by the customer. The cost of the die will depend on factors such as the complexity of the design, the size of the die, and the type of metal used.

What logos are best suited for debossing?

The best logos for debossing are those that have simple and clear lines, as well as bold shapes and contrasting colors. Debossing is a printing technique where an image is impressed into the material, creating a recessed or indented design. Logos with intricate details or fine lines may not deboss well, as the details may not be clear or precise when impressed into the material.

In terms of color, debossing works best with logos that have a clear contrast between the background and the image. This allows the debossed design to stand out and be more noticeable. For example, a debossed black logo on a light-colored background would be more noticeable and effective than a debossed light-colored logo on a dark background.

The ideal format for a logo for debossing is a vector format, as it allows for precise scaling and printing. Bitmap formats, such as JPG or PNG, may not produce the best results, as the resolution may not be sufficient for precise debossing.

In conclusion, for the best results in debossing, it’s recommended to use logos that are simple, have clear lines, bold shapes, and contrasting colors, and are in vector format. This will help to ensure that the debossed design is precise, noticeable, and looks professional.

Debosssing & Embossing experience - what we know

Our head embosser, Ross is an expert leather craftsman with over 35 years’ experience working with leather products.  No one in Australia has more experience than Ross, a compendium enthusiast at heart and expert when it comes to any type of decoration of these magnificent pieces of art.  We guarantee every single job – perfection is our goal with displaying your logo every single time.

How much does debossing cost to place onto compendiums?

Great question – this one is slightly hard one to explain in one sentence, but lets give you and overview here.  We charge an additional $7.50 per compendium to deboss or emboss you logo onto the surface (one position) – also pricing can vary depending on the quantities order and we happy apply discounts for bulk orders, local and offshore.   Most of our website pricing includes a “one colour print/one position” of your logo” , so if you add in the fee above this will give you a basic guideline.  This includes 1 x standard size block @ 36sq CM.  For larger size blocks, logos/text please contact us for pricing.

For a custom quote, please contact us for pricing.

Do you have a MOQ for debossing compendiums?

Yes, minimum order for debossing onto compendiums is generally speaking “the lowest quantity” in our pricing tables for individual products, which in turn is just “25” units.  We can go down to 15 units – a small surcharge will apply.  Contact us today for more information.

How logo does is take for debossing on compendiums?

We work on a standard 8-10 working days to have your compendiums decorated and delivered to your location.  Need them sooner?  Contact us today for rush orders.

Do you offer a RUSH service debossing on compendiums?

Yes we do.  We can provide rush order in just 4-5 working days to have your compendiums decorated and delivered to your location.  Contact us today for rush orders.

What Is A Debossing Setup Fee?

A debossing setup fee is a one-time charge that is incurred to create the metal die or plate used in the debossing process. This fee covers the costs of creating the custom die or plate needed to apply the desired image or design to the material being debossed. The setup fee is usually a fixed amount and may vary depending on the complexity of the design, the size of the debossing area, and the type of metal or plate being used. The setup fee is a common practice in the printing industry and is often charged to cover the costs of preparing the equipment and materials needed to produce the debossed item.

With many of our compendiums, we offer 3 x sizes for debossing, these including:

  •  Standard size block
  • Large size block
  • XL size block

Please contact us for more information of block sizes and pricing, which is quoted on a case by case basis.

Do I need to have a logo for debossing?

Yes, you typically need a logo or design to be debossed. Debossing involves pressing an image or design into a material, so you need to have a specific image or pattern in mind to create the desired effect. If you don’t already have a logo or design, you may need to create one before the debossing process can be completed.  Another option is to use “fonts” to create your own logo – typically we would suggest “Google Fonts” for this process, but in turn our talented graphics team can assist with the logo creation process too.

I Don't Have A Logo, Can You Help Me?

Yes!  Here at Leather Compendiums, we provide a FREE artwork service.  Simply supply what you have and our talented graphic artists can take your logo to a new level!

We need to modify your logo?  No worries, all modifications are FREE of charge!

We need a complete redesign of my logo or brand, can Boost help me?  Yes we can.  We can redesign your logo FREE of charge.

We don’t have ANY Logo or design, can you help me?  Yes, no worries.  We specialise in creating artwork from scratch, our talented team can once again assist with all your creative ideas.  Contact us for more information regarding your new campaign.  All this and again it’s FREE of charge.

Can You Supply An Art Proof Before My Order Goes Into Production?

Yes, we have to provide you a visual art proof (PDF format) for you to sign (sent electronically) so we have the green light to print your order.  All items will be supplied with separate artworks.

I Have A Set Budget, Can You Work With Us?

Absolutely!  This is normally one of the first questions we ask.  Over the 15 years we have assisted many companies and businesses regardless of size on budgets.  Budgets give a really good scope of which way we can go with your promotional marketing campaign.  Over the years we have forged many great relationships with our suppliers, in turn this means we can pass the savings onto you!

Can I Cancel An Order?

Yes.  You can cancal an order at any time, prior to the order going into production.  While this is not ideal it can be done.  Once your order has been printed it cannot be cancled.  If you need to change or cancel any part of your order, please cordinate with your customer service operator.

Do You Have A Showroom?

Sorry, we don’t have a showroom for you to view our products.  We are a warehouse based company and our superior buying power gives you the BEST pricing in Australia, guaranteed.  With hundreds of items on offer a single show room would never give you a snap shot of Leather Compendiums Australia entire range.  Our physical address is merely a boutique office with crazy staff.  What we can offer is tailored samples to your location.

What Are Your Hours?

Leather Compendiums Australia is open from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm (AEST – Australian Eastern Standard time/Sydney Time) Monday to Friday.  We are closed Saturday and Sunday and also public holidays.

Our friendly and experienced customer services operators can assist with all of your requirements.