Film lamination is a matter of attractive creative design as well as practical function. Because there are many types of films, it is possible to create a lot of special effects and use various ways to enhance the design of such graphic materials as book covers, exclusive brochures, maps, displays, cards, menus and posters. You may want to make them highly glossy, silky smooth, or just plain durable, withstanding scratches, stains and other damage.
Paperboard laminated with a metallised foil often creates more of a metallic look than that produced by a metallic ink.
Beauty and usefulness
There are many standard and speciality niche products among the films available. Whether you want to achieve aesthetic effects or practical functions, you can always combine beauty and usefulness. The film not only enhances the graphic presentation; it also protects the surface from thumb prints and stains. If you want to achieve a very special tactile feel to the surface of your product, you can try using a transparent matt/waxy laminate.
The film lamination operation
Film lamination is a technique whereby a plastic film is glue laminated to the paperboard surface to achieve various aesthetic effects and protection. Polypropylene (PP) is the most common way to create a glossy surface and protect the print. Polypropylene is a durable material with special appearance and tactile properties. For more information on the film lamination operation, please refer to the “Production aspects” chapters.
Key paperboard features
When laminating, key paperboard characteristics include smoothness, surface finish and surface strength. Paperboard provides a perfect base for lamination.A very smooth and dust-free surface is essential, especially when you use laminate to create a high gloss appearance, since any irregularities on the surface will be highlighted.