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Emboss / Deboss Setup Guide

Emboss Deboss Setup Guide

To add emboss or deboss to your project you will need to submit two versions of your cover.

1. A full color file that contains all images that will be on your cover.

2. A single-color file containing only the emboss/deboss element as a solid-black image or text

Example of Setting up an
Embossed or Debossed File

To the right is how your final cover will look with the emboss/deboss applied. The “Emboss/Deboss Guide” text will be raised or lowered, while the background and the PrintNinja logo will not be affected.

Below are the two cover files you need to submit. Both should be sized correctly according to our cover guides.

The first file, which is in full color, contains all of the elements of the cover including the embossed/debossed title. Since the process simply raises or lowers part of the cover the entire cover will need to be printed before the emboss/deboss is applied.

The second file, which is submitted as solid black only, contains only the parts of the cover that will be embossed or debossed. Note that only the text is included on this file. The text needs to line up perfectly with the full color file for accurate results. “Blind” embossing or debossing is also possible, where instead of affecting a specific printed element (such as the title) you can emboss/deboss a shape or text in an otherwise solid area of the cover.

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Embossing/Debossing Process

For a full understanding of the emboss/deboss process from the mechanical side, view this video of the embossing process in action.

Hardcover Emboss Deboss

Important Design Consideration

While embossing is possible on hardcover books as well, the process is slightly different. Instead of raising the embossed area we actually deboss the entire cover except for the area you want embossed. The final result is the same, but your emboss file should be set up as though you were debossing everything else (so the embossed area is white, and the rest of the file is black).