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Lamination In Book Printing: Everything You Need To Know

Time: 2023-01-31 Hits: 448

Lamination in book printing takes an important role, which not only takes an effect of protect printed surface, also decorates it.

lamination in book printing

Lamination in book printing

What’s lamination in book printing?

Lamination, also known as laminating. Lamination refers to the use of transparent plastic film on the surface of the printed matter by hot pressing to protect and increase the gloss. We had widely used lamination in book cover, album, calender, gap, catalog, etc surface decoration and protection.

Lamination can divide into glossy lamination, soft lamination, matte lamination. Lamination makes the book surface look more bright. Soft lamination makes the book surface look more soft. Matte lamination makes the book cover more elegant and luxury.

Why use lamination in book printing?

1. Laminating surface can protect paper

After the paper is laminated, it is not easier to lose powder, which can prolong the life of its cover, especially for students’ textbooks. The book surface with lamination not only not easier fade, lamination also moisture-proof, dirt-proof, dust-proof and waterproof.

2. Imprints are not easier damaged

In the binding process, if the cover and inner page design process of the book has a large picture that spans pages and appears at the crease. Then there will be intermittent white bars, which will affect the final presentation of the book. Once the edge bursts, the more times it is turned, the more it will intensify. And eventually it will crack directly. Then the lamination can protect the paper from bursting. So most of the book cover will use lamination.

3. Lamination can make up for printing defects

Lamination can largely compensate for the quality defects of printed products. It can cover many defects that appear during the printing process up after laminating. Especially after laminating with matte lamination.

4. Low cost of lamination

Compared to other surface finishing, lamination is more cheaper. The book surface with lamination can achieve brighten, protect paper, dustproof, moisture-proof, etc effect with low cost. Meanwhile, publishers can earn more profit.

Types of laminated

According to the surface brightness of plastic film, printing lamination can be divided into glossy, matte and soft touch lamination.

glossy lamination

After laminated its color and brightness will have a certain change, printing color will be brighter .

matte lamination

The color of the printed book will be darker than that before after matte laminated, so it is suitable for shaping the artistic sense of the printed matter with light and elegant style. In terms of technical processing, the designer should increase the color purity and brightness of the page that needs to do with matte lamination.

soft touch lamination

Soft-touch lamination, offers a unique tactile experience. The surface feels velvety and warm to the touch, creating a luxurious and inviting appeal.

Matte lamination and glossy lamination in book printing: how to choose

matte vs glossy lamination

matte vs glossy lamination

The book surface with glossy lamination, the color will be more bright and colorful and with three-dimensional effect. Glossy lamination is more suitable for a generally printed product.

The book surface with matte lamination, matte lamination product will bring the high-end, elegant sense for the readers. Matte lamination is more suitable for a more premium printed product. The cost of matte lamination is often higher than glossy lamination.

If your book is aimed at children, glossy lamination is a good choice. Because glossy lamination can enhance the color and graphic, and is easier to attract children’s attention. But for the children’s book, like board book, must with rounded corner, so that to avoid harm children’s hand.

Glossy lamination catches readers’ eye with its bright and rich color. But under certain circumstances, it will bring uncomfortable reading experience. But glossy lamination take a good protection for the book, and is not easier to leave traces on the surface. Even leave traces on the surface, it is easier to clean. So if your book is often used by the reader, glossy lamination will be a more wise choice.

Matte lamination makes the book more high-end and classy. Although matte lamination provide a good protection for the book, but it is easier to leave traces. That means such of book with matte lamination rarely read by people. Matte lamination often soft the color and making black color paler and less rich. And give the sense of more elegant for the people. If your book is aimed at collectible books or high-end books, like coffee table book, art book, etc, matte lamination is a good choice for you.

Whether glossy lamination or matte lamination, the important part is your design process and your target audience. If you don’t know how to choose, please contact us. Our experts will give you a more professional advice.

Faq about lamination in book printing

laminated-printed-book-cover-cleyDo the books must be laminated?

Needing to refer to the factors of paper. If the paper is heavy and thick, such as 250 grams, 300 grams, when folded, the brittleness of the paper itself will cause the crease to crack, and then the ink will drop. In the book printing and binding process, if a large picture of a cross-page appears in the crease position during the design of the cover and inner page, there will be intermittent white bars, which will affect the final presentation of the book. Then the lamination can protect the paper from cracking, so the cover of the book is generally covered with lamination. We start from 200 grams, and when it is thicker, it must be covered. When it is thinner than 200 grams, it is difficult to crack, so there is no need to laminate it. Generally, if the inner page of the printed book is about 157 grams or less, the coating can be omitted, and the inner text does not need to be coated.

Are there any disadvantages to lamination?

There is no good or bad in the post-production process of any book printing, only if it is used or not. The possible disadvantage of the lamination is that it is not easy to write, the matte lamination can barely write, and the gloss lamination is almost impossible to write. Therefore, if you plan to write information in these locations, you need to pay attention to it in advance to avoid wrong selection and lead to unchanged later applications. Secondly, the disadvantage of the lamination is that it is not conducive to environmental protection. The hot-pressed laminationis not easy to decompose, which is a burden to the global environment. However, due to the needs of commercial competition, the lamination usually needs to be covered.

Comparison of UV varnish: what’s the difference?

UV vanish can also protect and decorate the surface of printed matter to a certain extent. In many functions, the two are very similar. Due to the relatively low cost, rapid development and attractive products, UV varnishing also occupies a certain market share in some post press processing fields. Local glazing is the most popular application of UV varnish, which can improve the quality of books, But in most cases, this local UV glazing process is also carried out after lamination, and the previous lamination process must be solvent based lamination.

For example, the protective effect of UV varnish is inferior to laminating, such as folding resistance and abrasion resistance: UV varnish also needs to invest in printing equipment and UV curing equipment, and laminating has a ready-made equipment foundation and mature technology. In addition, some UV varnishes will also volatilize peculiar smell during the coating process, which will affect the operators of printing company.

If you have any question about lamination or other printing question, please feel free to contact our printing experts, we are here to help.

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