We’re excited to be one of the first printers in New England to offer “sleeking” – a method of applying foil that does not require expensive dies. The lowly mailing tube pictured below is one of our first jobs using this process.
How it works: First, we print the area to be foiled using a toner-based process. The foil is then applied to the sheet (using our laminator); it will adhere only adhere to areas with toner. At that point the piece could be complete; or, it may be run back through the Indigo for additional printing.
We are currently stocking several base base colors (silver, gold, copper). It’s possible to print over silver which can add an additional touch of color the foil itself.
This short-run book cover started with an Indigo-printed cover with overall matte lamination. Superior Bindery then applied a silver foil directly over a raised spot gloss UV on the text areas, creating a raised effect without registration issues.
This technique has good resolution, does not show through to the inside covers like a traditional emboss or deboss, and does not require a die.
Translucent paper works great for sequential information in multi-page projects. This book detail shows three maps, one over the next, illustrating changes on Muskeget island over the decades. Black digital printing on Neenah Ultra UV 24# text.
This photo shows the evolution of a college campus and is printed digitally on 65# Curious translucent cover.
We are producing some great digital tritone books … below is a closeup of an image from a catalog for The Banks Gallery in Portsmouth, NH. The ink set is black, 405 and 466 and falls on the warm side of the spectrum.
Here’s the original image; closeup is from upper right corner.
The Indigo is a 6-color press so we can print one or two spot colors plus cmyk. This photo shows pages from a brand book printing in four process colors + two spot colors. There would be no other way to accurately reproduce the two green colors in this project.
However … because the color space of the Indigo is larger than traditional cmyk printing, we can accurately simulate many Pantone colors. We recommend trying this before going through the extra time and expense of using a spot color.
When preparing files, please define colors in your files as spot, not process. And, because the press handles coated and uncoated colors differently, make sure to specify the coated (“C”) or uncoated (“U”) version of your Pantone.
We just produced promotional books on the HP Indigo using tritones – black plus two Pantone colors. One version on coated stock and a companion piece on Superfine White, which complements the warm tones of the art.
We took them out to the National Museum Publishing Seminar and they were a big hit. The colors are rich and consistent from image to image.