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PRINTING EFFECTS - LAMINATING

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This also produces a high gloss finish on card and provides good protection against damage as it is normally water proof.
The printed card is placed inside a plastic film/sleeve. It is then placed in the ‘in tray’ of a laminating machine which pulls the card and film through its heater and rollers. The heater warms up the film almost to melting point and the rollers press the film sleeve until it is sealed. When the card reappears in the ‘out tray’, the finished item looks glossy and professional. However, laminating is much more expensive than varnishing but gives more protection to the card.

   

   

Laminated card is used for items such as menus in a restaurant. A menu will be constantly handled by customers and staff and it is important that it is protected.

 

 

 
QUESTIONS:

1. Draw a simple diagram of a laminating machine and explain how it works.

2. When is it a good idea to laminate card - give three examples.

   

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