With this post, I start a new kind of section on the printing techniques… Let’s go !
On friday morning I went in Turnhout to print the book box of Sortilèges (Jose Luis Munuera is the drawer and Jean Dufaux the scenarist) which you’ll find int the best bookshops in november !
Matthys, the printer, is specialised in the cold foil printing.
What kind of strange strange production process is this ?
It’s pretty simple : before the four colours to be printed a silver, gold or holographic layer is applied.
Some further explanations : In the first printing tower, the adhesive layer is applied. In the second tower, the foil adheres sharply to the adhesive layer. Colour printing starts from the third tower. Dispersion varnish is applied as a protective layer. Lamination can only be made as a minimum 24 hours after printing for it needs to dry a long time.
As a result : coldfoil can magnify a beautiful design. The colours are sublimated and the silvery appearance can only attract the eye in a bookshop.
Matthys is specialized in this very very particular field. Their 7 towers MAN ROLLAND (glue, coldfoil, the 4 colours and dispersion varnish) is magical to watch printing.
Coming soon, a picture of my box of books that will shine like a star…