Jan 31 Finishing School
What is lamination?
Lamination is a process where a thin layer of plastic is applied to a material, such as paper or card, to protect or enhance its aesthetics. The most common finishes are silk, matt and gloss. We also offer finishes such as:
- Holographic lamination
- Cellotouch, where the laminate has a soft feel
- Cellolux, which has a micro pearl texture
- Cellogreen, which is a recyclable laminate
Lamination finishes provide many advantages to the user, such as being tear resistant, more durable and water resistant. Having materials laminated also allows them to be handled more and prevents them from the wear and tear of every day practices, such as creasing, staining and sun damage.
Silk lamination follows the same principals as traditional lamination by coating ordinary paper with a layer of plastic in order to make it stronger, more desirable and more resilient. However, what differentiates the two is that silk lamination has a softer exterior and a superior quality due to the strength of the bond created between the paper and the plastic coating of the lamination.
The material is neither 100% matt nor shiny, but it reflects in certain lights in the same manner that silk does. The finish also means that the product will be more attractive and is deemed as being a ‘premium’ option, as the finish is smooth and natural looking.
Silk lamination is commonly used to finish business cards, brochures and book covers. It is an adaptable finish which gives a clean look to a wide range of products.
Matt lamination gives an elegant and sophisticated finish, which is why it is a common choice for many. Compared to other glosses, a matt laminate is more of a ‘natural’ look. Unlike gloss lamination, matt lamination can provide a softer look, as it can produce lower contrast on darker colours.
The texture of a matt laminate is velvety, which makes it a pleasant handling experience for numerous users.
Gloss laminates are often a popular choice, and it’s not difficult to see why. Writing and pictures often appear more crisp and sharper, whilst also having more contrast.
Gloss lamination also is a durable choice as it repels dirt, dust and fingerprints with ease. If the laminate does come in contact with dirt, it is easily wiped clean due to its glossy and shiny texture.