Frankly Speaking: 9 Ideas for Making Print Pop
Laser die cutting has provided many creative opportunities for using interesting openings on the cover. In the old days, squares and circles were common, but now you can have any shape. The die-cut hole reveals copy or an image on the first page of the book block.
This function still requires special dies that smash into the paper, but new digital techniques are now available. Old letterpress presses are used to provide the pressure to create the raised effects. Embossing is the process used to raise an impression on the surface of a substrate. There are a number of different effects that can be achieved through embossing. Single-level, multilevel, domed, sculptured and beveled are some of the most commonly used embossing techniques. Several different metals are used to make embossing dies, such as magnesium, copper and brass, though brass dies are the first choice of the embosser.