Laminating is where a thin plastic film is applied to one or both sides of a sheet of paper giving a matt or high gloss finish, depending on the type of laminate used.

Matt laminating is sometimes used before a product is UV-spot varnished to give a high degree of contrast between the matt laminate and the high gloss UV-spot varnish. We would recommend laminating brochures if a solid area (ie black) is over the crease, to avoid cracking.

Brochure covers are often laminated to give an enhanced appearance for what are usually perceived as high value products, however many other products are also commonly laminated:

One thing to be aware of when deciding whether or not to laminate your products is that although laminate helps to protect the printed sheets, matt laminate can show up scuff marks if it's handled roughly. For high value products where appearance is paramount and scuffing would be unacceptable, it is worth considering 'anti-scuff' laminate. If this is something you'd like to consider please ask us for a quote. Ltd, Roe Street, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1PS • Registered in England & Wales • Reg No 2924550
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