Raised printing in a gloss or matte finish. Gloss finished thermography will have a higher raise than matte finished thermography.
Resin powder is applied to the wet ink of an offset printed press sheet. The paper is passed through a heated chamber, causing the powder to melt and raise off the paper's surface.
There are various coarseness of thermography powder, each designed for specific copy styles.
Medium size copy performs the best with thermography. Very thin copy does not raise as tall, and large fields will render lumpy. Photographs, tints, percentages and opacities will not accept thermography smoothly.
Papers with a smoother surface work the best with thermography. 100% cotton papers absorb the ink too quickly, and will not work with this process.
The most frequently produced items are: raised print wedding invitations, raised print business cards, raised print stationery, raised print letterheads, raised print invitations, thermography wedding invitations, thermography business cards, thermography stationery, thermography letterheads, and thermography invitations.