The Cold Foil Process

Cold foil printing was a simple idea. Using a standard printing plate, an image is printed onto a substrate with the use of UV-curable cold foil adhesive. A UV dryer then activates and cures the adhesive. The extracted foil is affixed to the printed adhesive and an image is created. It was indeed a simple idea yet the cold foil process was elusive to many printers. We spent more than 15 years of research and development, testing, trials and tribulations of the cold foil printing process. We partnered and worked closely with leaders in the flexographic printing industry to better understand the intricate combinations of ink, anilox, printing plates and substrates. The result of all this research is in the pages of Cold Foil for Dummies.

Benefits of Cold Foil

  • More economically efficient than hot stamping
  • Faster process than the traditional hot stamp system
  • Enhanced quality of your final product
  • Reduced lead time
  • Reduced inventory
  • Compatible with most industry-standard equipment

Cold Foil in 4 Simple Steps

Step 1: Print the cold foil adhesive using standard printing plates.
Step 2: Nip the foil on top of the wet cold foil adhesive.
Step 3: Cure the cold foil adhesive thru the foil.
Step 4: Strip off excess foils.

The Difference between Cold Foil and Hot Foil

Cold foil printing is not designed to replace the hot stamp system, although cold foil printing allows for greater flexibility and lower operating cost. Rather than competing against hot stamping, cold foil printing allows printers to expand their foil market.

Typically, a good candidate for cold foil printing is any product requiring a high level of shelf appeal, such as household consumables, cigarette cartons, wine labels, and cosmetic packaging. With the advent of holographic, diffractive, and refractive foils, foil has broadened its use to include packaging and board applications, such as toothpaste tubes, bandage and pharmaceutical boxes, and stand-up pouches.

Although rotary hot stamp dominates the long-run market and platen hot stamp has the very short-run market, cold foil printing can prevail in the medium-run market. A medium run can be defined as a foil application in which the size of the job can't justify the cost of an engraved cylinder and is too time- consuming to run on a platen hot stamp system. Refer to Cold Foil for Dummies Text for further information.

Cold Foil for Dummies
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Make Cold Foil Work Every Time

If you’ve tried cold foil but could not get consistent results or foil images with fine edges and definition, read on! Cold Foil For Dummies answers all questions and explains all mysteries. Discover the proven methods that have helped many printers profit from the cold foil printing process.

  • Enter a new market with minimal investment
  • Provide faster turnaround
  • Increase your profit
  • Reduce spending
  • Eliminate press downtime

J. Michael Rivera is the industry’s cold foil expert and author of GO COLD, Handbook for Cold Foil Printing, the first cold foil process handbook.