The Difference Between Emboss & Deboss

Typesetting letters. Making hills or valleys... on your paper.

Embossing and debossing are two techniques used to imprint impressed or depressed images onto paper.

Embossing is a raised design – a logo or other graphic image, for example — that is pressed into paper or card stock from underneath. Embossing requires two dies, a male and female die, thus creating more production steps and die charges. The raised area can have ink applied to it, foil applied, or it can be left unprinted/unfoiled. When an embossed area is not printed or foil stamped it is known as a blind emboss.

Creating an embossing die is usually a one-time expense. Ask your Metzgers printing professional for details regarding how involved your die will be, the time involved and the related cost.

Debossing is the opposite of embossing. With debossing, the imprinted design causes depressions in the material leaving a depressed (debossed) imprint of the image on the paper or cardstock.

Letters raised on metal plate. Debossing impresses a die into the surface of the paper material.

Both embossing and debossing can be used in combination with offset printing or foil stamping to add depth and impact to a design. Dies can be sculpted as single-level, multilevel, sculptured or with beveled edges to create striking, multi-dimensional designs.

Dies can be simple or complex, allowing a creative designer to make broad use of the embossing and debossing techniques.

Read more about how these two printing techniques compare to each other in our blog, Embossed and Debossed Printing.  If you have any questions of how you may integrate one of these techniques into your next print project, please send our experts an email. We are here so you can get your job done!


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