The trouble with registration and fine detail

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Anyone who has worked in foiling will know about foil blocking. It’s similar to potato printing, only more refined. It makes use of a metal die that has the relevant design imprinted on it. You then heat the die and stamp it under pressure onto a colourful foil ribbon that is on top of your item. Your material ends up branded with a prepossessing finish.

Fluctuating registrations

Foil blocking demands that you apply pressure and heat. Consequently, your print’s registration could fluctuate by +1mm. Expect your foil area to advance around the page by as much as +1mm. You plan might be to cover a printed shape using a fine edge. If this is the case, the foil area must overlap the print edge by 1mm. This will allow for changes in the registration.


Something you shouldn’t try with this technique is aligning fine detail. It isn’t suited to alignment with these kinds of details. An example of this would be shapes with thin lines. Avoid reversed-out lines that are thinner than 2 mm. Additionally, don’t work with positive lines thinner than 0.5mm. For the greatest results, don’t match your foiling to a pre-printed area. Act as if it is its own individual design component.

At Foiling Services, we use every pattern and shape of foil to excellent effect. Because of our extensive knowledge we can overcome any challenges. It doesn’t matter what feature it is you want to put onto your goods; we will be able to help you achieve your goals.

If you would like to work with us, please contact our business. You can see some examples of the results of our foiling services on our website. In addition you can speak to our team if you have any questions.