Featured image (above) courtesy of Cascade Graphics
There was a time when embossing meant creating a special die-cut stamp for a letterpress machine that would impress the design onto a paper substrate. There’s definitely still a place for these traditional techniques, however, with digital UV technologies from Roland DG, the art of adding textures and embossed effects to all manner of media and surfaces has never been easier or more impressive.
These clear UV ink examples include super-stylish clear on black as well as braille applications and more traditional styles of raised text effects.
Embossed ink effects on paper and acrylic substrates, including a clear ink on black example (top) by Fineline Graphics of Smithfield, Rhode Island – all showing the versatility of Roland DG UV technology
Shapes and Lines
The poster below that was created by Australian designer, Dave Foster, shows how you can add intricate lines and sharp geometric patterns with UV clear ink as an integral part of your design.
Dave Foster created these brightly-colored UV printed line effects to illustrate his unique font design
Water and Liquid
The following examples of UV ink effects illustrate the realistic condensation and water effects that you can add to your designs to give them a whole new tactile look and feel.
A collection of UV printed samples that Roland DG designers have created to show the effects that you can add to your designs.
The following examples showcase the texture and character that Roland DG UV machine users are able to add to media and substrates to produce leather, animal skin and other custom patterns.
A selection of print textures, including a stunning book cover texture (top) by Australian bookbinding experts, White Laws Binding.
Packaging and POP
Having the freedom to print embossed effects on pretty much any paper or card substrate, plus a selection of PET films, generates some eye-catching effects for POP and packaging projects.
Products and Unique Media
The following examples that include smart device covers, a mousepad and a laptop, show how users have been able to print and add clear ink effects directly onto products for unique customizations that stand-out.
Examples include Voodoo iPhone cover (top) by award-winning graphics company, Cascade Graphics and other inspirational product customizations.
These inspirational ideas are all possible with new digital technology that allows designers to produce short runs with special effects on unique materials. This was previously extremely expensive or not even possible. This is truly a golden age for printing signs and graphics customization.
- All the examples in this post were created using clear Eco-UV ink effects with Roland DG VersaUV technology. The new VersaUV LEF-300 is the latest addition to our VersaUV range of products and enables printing on larger three-dimensional items at greater speeds, as well as providing value-added clear ink UV textures and embossed effects.
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