By giving your materials a higher quality, professional look, lamination can enhance your business image and help bring in more sales leads.

Lamination is the application of a plastic film on printed material in a variety of finishes to create various effects – high silk, matt, and other unusual gloss effects.

Laminating options:

Matt Lamination

Matt Lamination gives a subtle, tactile, effect that oozes quality. Great for items where image and first impressions mean everything. Whilst forming a protective coating over the print it does not provide the same level of protection as gloss lamination and can be prone to scratching and fingerprints.

Gloss lamination

Is more high profile, it adds a high Silk sheen, often used on brochure covers, menus, magazine covers or presentation folders. It is definitely the high impact option. gloss lamination forms a protective coating over the print which makes it suitable for items such as menus etc.

Falls as a half way house of Silk and matt lamination – not very popular as it’s perhaps too subtle – often it’s hard to tell if the printed item has actually been laminated!

How do we do it? The printed sheet has a roll of lamination film applied to it under heat and high pressure.

Ask us about Recyclable Laminates – these allow your printed product to be recycled along with other paper products.


Celloglasing is a process whereby a thin sheet of film is adhered to the printed piece by a special machine that uses both heat and pressure to apply the coating.

Celloglasing can be matt or gloss and can be single sided or double sided. The process tends to add depth to colours, robustness, and produces a rather luxurious, classy, ‘expensive’ look to the product. Celloglasing greatly enhances the appearance of printing from a sales point of view. Gives your printed matter a prestige finish and extends document life

Gloss celloglasing gives a high gloss, shiny, reflective finish. When a matt celloglase gives them a very elegant, satin, dull finish. A printed product that will compete with others on a stand in a newsagent or bookshop would benefit from a gloss celloglase. A book or calendar produced by a professional photographer (for example) to be handed out to clients, or sold as a premium product over the internet would benefit from a matt celloglase.

Most commonly to enhance and protect items of print. Book covers, presentation folders, sales aids, posters, display cartons, business cards, tab dividers and much more.

Cold Laminating

Cold laminating (sometimes called tape laminating) is a process to uses pressure sensitive adhesives to bind the film to the material being laminated. The laminator uses rollers that push the sheets of lamination together. Cold laminators are faster and easier to use than hot laminators, and they are safe for nearly all flat items.

Cold lamination is your best option when laminating heat-sensitive documents or photos. There are several styles of cold laminating film to fit a variety of applications:

Single-sided film is used to laminate just one side of a document. You might use this type of laminate if you wanted to apply an adhesive to the back of the document.

Double-sided or dual laminating films completely encase your document, laminating both sides for complete protection.

Cold Laminating film is available in a variety of finishes:

Matte– This is a non-reflective finish that has a slightly granular look. Matte finishes tend to make image colors more vivid.

Satin – Provides a reduced level of glare, and has a soft sheen.

Gloss – This is a clear finish that brings out and emphasizes colors. It makes images look brighter, adds definition and radiance.


Definition: Lamination and Encapsulation are often confused. The correct definition follows. Encapsulation is Plastic film which is applied to both sides of the entire printed sheet to protect and enhance the print. Encapsulation is easily identified as there is usually a clear plastic edge of 2-5mm around the printed product (this has an added benefit of sealing in the printed item) – Encapsulation is often confused with lamination.

What is it used for? Commonly used for Posters, Leaflets, Menus, and Flyers.

How do we do it? Polyester or polypropylene film of up to 250microns is applied to both surfaces of the printed item to enhance appearance and increase durability. It can be trimmed flush or left with a margin on all sides to give complete protection.

Encapulated items can be die cut,drilled, creased and round cornered.