Engraving Tips


Each production process has its own benefits.  Engraving is no different.  Below are a few elements to keep in mind.

Paper Selection ~ With engraving, you can choose from virtually any paper type for high-quality results.  Cotton fiber papers with high tensile strength work particularly well.  Coated papers should be tested first for suitability.  Prior to final production, heavily raised-grain stock may need to be bumped out, altering the finish in the impression area and creating a more suitable surface for quality engraving.  This additional process can entail added time and cost to the project.

Ink Colors And Types ~ Engraving gives you an unlimited palette of colors – including metallics – along with a choice of dull or glossy finishes.  You can choose your preferred ink color(s) using the Pantone Matching System (PMS).  Remember, there are no limitations to the number of colors chosen to be used on one piece, but each color will be an additional pas through the press, adding time and cost.

The inks used in the engraving process provide unparalleled brilliance and opacity.  Screens can be used to achieve uniform appearance with larger image areas.  Remember, engraving inks used at ASL are water-based and therefore the most environmentally friendly inks in the industry.

Typestyles/Fonts ~ The engraving process brings a crisp refinement to virtually any typestyle or font from the thousands available.  There are no restrictions.

Images/Graphics ~ Engraving offers a dimensional look and feel tat aptly captures and reflects your firm’s visual identity for years to come. From stationery to business cards, only engraving can present your images, logos and other graphics with the precise clarity of 2400+ dpi (dot per inch).

The stock type, size and depth of lettering or logos, intricacy of design and typestyle choice can all influence the steps required to produce the highest quality engraved image.  Be sure to involve both your engraver and your designer as early in process to avoid any delay in the production of your items.

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