The most important factor is the paper on which the 'inline cold foil' technique is applied. Inline cold foil is almost always applied to a coated paper type. The more glossy and / or more coated the paper type, the higher the gloss effect of the foil and therefore the greater the mirror or metal effect. The highest gloss is achieved on satin-finished MC or other high-gloss papers. The application on a matt MC gives a matt result. For cardboard, Ensocoat gives the best results. A glossy dispersion varnish or a matte dispersion varnish gives a different result. Extra finishing with UV varnish or a glossy lamination further enhances the overall gloss effect. It is advisable to inform about the paper types and to request printing models in order to achieve the result you desire. Our sample brochures are printed on satin-finished MC with a gloss dispersion varnish and there are also pages with glossy / mat lamination and soft touch dispersion varnish.

Since 2015 there are also possibilities to print cold foil on a number of uncoated paper types. Ideal for greeting cards or special packaging. We are happy to show you some inspiring examples.

We have created a handy document "how to cold foil" that you can request via email. We need a high resolution PDF made up in 4 colors + a 5th color (for the foil) and with the necessary bleed.

PDF can be downloaded via the links below:

Dutch : how_to_cold_foil
French : how_to_cold_foil
English : how_to_cold_foil

On a biweekly basis we make real 'inline cold foil' printing tests at an attractive price.

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Inline cold foil is applied on a large format 70 × 100 printing press. On a weekly basis we offer shared print runs where we offer clients the opportunity to have their smaller print runs (500 copies and 500 more) printed collectively at competitive rates and on a fixed paper type. (gang-run printing) 

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Yes and no. The price of the foil print work is largely determined by 2 factors. The first factor is the single or double-sided use of ‘inline cold foil’ in your print work. For double-sided foil applications we need to respect a drying time of 12 to 24 hours before the second impression and the foil consumption is higher.
The second factor is the foil web required to provide your design with foil. We work with foil webs of 25, 50 or 100 cm. A foil roll with a width of 100 cm (which runs over a full 70×100 cm plano sheet) doubles the foil cost in relation to a 50 cm roll for example. For a bigger print run this can make a significant difference. It is important that your quotation request states clearly on which sides and/or which pages you wish to use foil in your design. That information enables us to determine the position on a plano sheet and to calculate the most efficient foil web. So, foil consumption widthways determines the price and not the consumption over the short side.

Please ask our advice to achieve an optimum foil result at an interesting price.

From September 2016 we started with a revolutionary foil-saving concept. The new additional Vinfoil MFU printing unit with cold foil makes it possible to work with 10 cm foil webs, up to 4 foil webs next to each other. Moreover, we can then let a foil web go up to 3 times over the printing sheet and thus use the intermediate unused foil in that second and third printing web. The possibilities are very interesting and advice in the preliminary phase is essential to be able to work as economically as possible.

One of the main advantages of “inline cold foil’ is the option to locally mask foil, which means to leave it out. This can be used accurately and in great detail. Our sample brochure contains many examples. The basic principle is that the first print tower prints with ‘adhesive ink’ to which the foil adheres. As the adhesive ink can be printed very finely, thin lines, structures and small lettering are perfectly achievable in foil. In the places where there is no adhesive ink, the foil is automatically left out. After adhering the foil, CMYK printing and varnish is applied.

Yes, you can although it is less common. Printing PMS ink on foil does not make too much sense as the metallic end result will be totally different in terms of colour. However, it does make sense to print PMS ink on the masked parts, because the PMS colour is then not influenced by the silverfoil. The printing press has 7 printing towers, where 4 are freely available (CMYK or 4 PMS shades) for printing in one impression with foil. The other 2 towers are for the adhesive ink and the silverfoil and the final tower is a dispersion varnish tower.

Foil is not particularly sensitive to scratching. However, scratching is more noticeable on foil as the light refracts on the metallic surface. If print work with ‘cold foil’ is used carelessly, scratches will be visible more quickly than on classic print work. Careless use refers to transporting or sending print work whereby the foil side constantly chafes against other print work, which causes visible scratches/damage. If you believe this may happen to your print work, please let us know so we may offer you additional protection.
It is perfectly possible to provide print work with ‘inline cold foil’ with an additional protective layer, such as UV varnish, glossy lamination, mat lamination, textured lamination, …
If lamination is applied, it is important to take account that the foil always needs to be printed first and thus will be underneath the lamination.

There are possibilities to apply cold foil to a limited number of uncoated papers. Ask for our advice and examples.

The printing sheets are printed with inline cold foil and then processed into envelopes. This method is especially interesting for higher runs.

Yes. The basic foil is silver foil. As silver is a neutral colour, nearly all metallic effects, including gold shades, can be achieved with CMYK printing on this silver. White is achieved by locally masking the foil, i.e. by showing the white paper, deep black can also be achieved with masking and then printing black on the masked part. Our sample brochures are made with silver foil. The colour effects are all achieved by using CMYK printing and the finish is with gloss dispersion varnish. It is also possible to apply gold foil in the same way. The cost price is identical. There are also different types of holographic foils, of which the ‘rainbow’ foil is the most commonly used. These specific foils are more expensive.

Delivery times and minimum quantities for the special foils are always in consultation.

Yes, when it concerns unprinted foil.
As the first printing tower prints with ‘adhesive ink’, this can also be applied as a percentage. That percentage of adhesive ink only takes part of the foil material from the roll, which creates a surface that consists of small glistering foil parts. Our brochure contains an example. It is not possible when that foil percentage/ foil halftone is printed with CMYK afterwards. When a foil halftone is printed with CMYK, the results are not stable enough for print runs of 300 sheets or more and a type of deposit accumulates on the plano sheets. That is why we are not in favour of using a foil halftone if it is printed on later. Some brochures or sample print work will show printed foil halftone. However, this is no longer applied in new orders in view of the complexity and instability on the printing press. If you wish to apply foil percentages, we recommend you send us the file for checking before we start with the printing order. We would be pleased to give you advice to obtain an optimum result.
When applying foil percentages, it is therefore advisable to offer us a file for checking before the printing order is started. We are happy to give you advice to get an optimal result.

The foil is printed with CMYK inks (or PMS) that are modified especially to ensure a good adherence to plastic and foil surfaces. As printing is immediate and “inline”, it is also covered by a dispersion varnish that protects the printed foil part. After a drying time of +/- 12hours, the printed sheets can be finished further. The adherence and drying of the print also depends on the ink limit on the foil surface. For example, you can have a maximum 250 % CMYK ink limit on foil, aside from the 100% adhesive ink limit (i.e.100% foil).

Specific example:

100 % adhesive ink (5th colour) = a complete silver-foil surface. On this silver-foil surface, you have the following print: C 100 – M 15 – Y 85 – B 25 = 225 % -> ink limit OK
100 % adhesive ink (5th colour) = a complete silver-foil surface. On this silver-foil surface, you have the following print: C 100 – M 90 – Y 85 – B 50 = 325% -> ink limit not OK.

Inline Cold Foil is the correct term in the English language. Internationally, and in Dutch too, this technical term is used generally. Other terms that usually point to the same technology in Dutch include: cold foil, printing on foil, metal-effect print work, shiny print work, foil print. The English language sometimes refers to cold foil or metal effect. In French, it is known as impression metal, impression dorure à froid, effets métalliques. Generally speaking, the term metal print work is becoming increasingly popular.

As a printing company, you undoubtedly play with the idea of supplying cardboard or paper to us yourself, having cold foil applied to it, and then printing it yourself. This is possible. We are happy to make you a price for applying cold foil to your printing sheets. We deliver the uncut sheets back to you.

We do recommend that you consult with us thoroughly. After all, it is a profession in itself to print on cold foil, taking into account the correct ink utilization, drying, varnishing, and last but not least the challenge to fit your printed image onto the already applied cold foil. At the prepress level you must then carefully study the splitting of your files and the imposition and preferably thoroughly test it.

But you can outsource printing to us, like 99.9% of your graphic colleagues. After all, we print the cold foil in a single print run with CMYK or PMS shades, so that you also gain a price advantage by outsourcing the printing to us. Afterwards you can organize the finishing of the blank sheets completely yourself. The quality of the printing (the cold foil including the printing and the varnish) is our responsibility.

If you have plans in that direction, we will be happy to meet you and discuss the possibilities of this method so that you can make a good decision.

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