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Embossed & Debossed

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What is Embossing & Debossing?

The Emboss or Deboss print method dates to a very, very long time ago. This process is basically an old stamp method. Deboss simply means the image or logo is pressed into the object while emboss means the image or logo is raised from the object.

Considerations for Embossing & Debossing


It can be more difficult to press in or raise very fine details due to the nature of this printing method. Simpler is always better. Read more on Artwork.


You are restricted to the color of the material you choose. You are unable to add any additional colors unless you do a foil stamp.

This simply means a color is added to the item while it is being debossed. You are limited to one color and it’s typically gold or silver. To visualize this, think of a Bible with a personal name on it.

Type of Material

Choosing an Emboss or Deboss method will limit you to the types of material you can brand on. 

Number of Locations

Them material will limit you on how many locations you can emboss or deboss. It's typically only one location and sometimes the size or location will be limited to the object.


It is difficult to print low quantities with either of these options. Generally, once the minimum is reached, and that depends on the product, there are additional price breaks at set quantities.

Debossed Wristband
Embossed Backpack
Embossed Paper

Advantages and Disadvantages


  • Very rich look and feel

  • Cost effective

  • Lower Quantities


  • Limited number of uses

  • Cannot do very fine details – simple artwork

Ideal for the following:

  • Leather

  • Faux Leather or Pleather

  • Paper

  • Fabric

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