Hot Foil FAQs

Can I get general pricing for foil?

Foil pricing is only provided once we have reviewed actual artwork. With foil we plate only the art area, not the full size of the final piece. Image size is important for costing.

Is foil more expensive than letterpress?

Yes. The copper plates used to heat stamp foil are much more expensive than the photopolymer plates for letterpress printing.

Can I get impression with foil?

Only a small amount of impression is possible. We do not achieve the same deep impression that we achieve with a letterpress ink.

What is the size limit for foiling text?

Tiny type and artwork with tiny counter spaces is not great for foil. An 8pt type is very small for foil work. We need to review actual artwork to offer specific advise.

What is the difference between Metallic Foil and Pigment Foil?

Metallic foil is able to offer a metallic appearance and a cleaner release onto paper. Pigment foils are non-metallic and have a flat color appearance. They are more difficult to release cleanly, especially at smaller sizes.

Can you pick a foil to match my Pantone color?

No. A very limited number of colors is available. Foil is not specified by the Pantone Matching System and will not match a PMS swatch.

Can I get foil swatches?

We purchase foil from several companies, there is not a swatch book to send you. Once we have a job in motion with you, we can work together to spec the foil for your job.