Matte lamination is a process where a thin matte film is laminated on to a paper surface to protect the print, make the surface stronger and enhance its overall look.
This is a popular option, as matte lamination provides a classy, professional look and feel to printed products. Matte lamination is currently very fashionable as it produces a sophisticated finish that also adds value to the print. The films are available in different thicknesses and finishes. Using different laminate thicknesses can add stiffness and strength to a printed product.
Matte Lamination Advantages
Take a look at the many advantages of using matte lamination for your printed products –
- Create an elegant and sophisticated look for color photos, graphics and text.
- Protect the product surface against moisture damage, scratching and marking.
- Protect the surface from color damage during the binding process.
- Soften colors and reduce contrast which works well on certain designs.
- Protect the spine of printed products that use thick papers against any kind of damage.
- Extend the life of printed products by protecting them.
- Improve legibility when read in bright light and other conditions.
- Provide a stiffer product, particularly when using thicker laminate.
- Give a pleasant handling experience to printed products.
Matte Lamination vs Gloss Lamination
Matte lamination is a great option to enhance and protect your print project. With good design, the images, graphics, and text have a softer and less contrasty look that works well with premium print products. It is very popular with upmarket magazines, for example. Matte laminated products have perceived added value and also longer shelf life. The lamination allows the print to be handled with a greater degree of protection. It also makes magazines and books easier to read in bright light, such as outside in sunny conditions.
Gloss lamination is a popular choice to add protection and longevity to a wide range of print products. This type of laminate enhances the colors and contrast of the print. Gloss lamination also provides excellent protection against moisture, scratching, dirt and dust. It is also possible to wipe clean gloss laminated prints. Children’s books and workshops manuals are popular items to gloss laminate. Youngsters are attracted by shiny, vibrant colors and the books tend to be well used and subject to a hard life.
Gloss lamination tends to be cheaper than matte lamination.
Matte or Gloss Lamination – Which Is Better for My Book?
Deciding on which lamination process to use for your print project is an important design decision.
Accurately identifying your target audience will help you make up your mind. If you are producing a book for young children, you will probably be better choosing gloss lamination. The enhanced, vibrant colors attract children more than subtle print. The book is likely to be read frequently by many users and also may require some cleaning. Again, gloss lamination is perfect for this. Gloss lamination may also be a good choice if the book is likely to appeal to many readers, in a library for example. The shiny, colorful cover will not only attract readers’ attention but extend the life of the book as well.
If you are aiming at a single reader or producing a book that is a premium printed product, matte lamination may work better. The matte lamination will still offer a good degree of protection but add class and desirability. Matte lamination also has a pleasing feel to it and offers pride of ownership. This leads to a longer life for your book.
Once you have considered the target audience, have a look at where the book is likely to be read. If it is likely to be read in bright sunlight, a matte laminate may be more suitable. A workshop manual may be handled by many people and pick up dust and dirt easily. In this case, gloss lamination may be preferable. Gloss lamination is easier to clean.
The subject matter and theme of the book is also a consideration when selecting the lamination process. The cover, in particular, sets the tone for the book’s contents.
Design is a crucial aspect of the process. The selection of images, graphics and font styles for headings and text matter is important when deciding on lamination. If you want vibrant, punchy, contrasting text and images then gloss lamination may be the better choice. Matte lamination will add subtlety and softening to images and text which can enhance certain images. It also makes some print easier to read.
Consult QINPrinting for more advice on lamination. We can advise you on which process is better suited to your book project. We can also help with ensuring your design is suited to a particular lamination.