Digital Embellishment

Digital Embellishment, also referred to as digital enhancement or digital finishing, is a technology used primarily in the print and packaging industry to create highly decorative effects on printed materials. It allows users to apply a wide range of eye-catching special effects, like foil stamping, spot UV varnishing, and 3D effects, to printed graphics without the need for costly setup or specialized equipment.

Digital Embellishment products can vary depending on the particular needs of a business. They can include specialized software or hardware that can perform these embellishments. Here are a couple of examples:

  1. MGI JETvarnish 3D: This is a piece of hardware that can apply a UV coating to printed materials to create a 3D effect. It is capable of variable data printing, allowing for unique, personalized designs on each printed piece. It can handle a variety of materials and sizes, making it a versatile choice for businesses.
  2. Scodix Ultra Pro with Foil: Another hardware solution, the Scodix Ultra Pro, is capable of producing both 3D and foil effects. It uses a digital process to apply the foil, eliminating the need for dies or molds. This makes it a more cost-effective solution for small to medium runs and allows for rapid prototyping of new designs.
  3. Digital Embellishment Software: These are software solutions that work with digital printers to create embellished print materials. They might be designed to work with specific printers or a range of printers and can include features like the ability to preview the final product before printing.
  4. Digital Embellishment Services: For businesses that do not wish to invest in their own equipment, there are also companies that offer digital embellishment as a service. These companies have invested in the necessary hardware and software and have the expertise to create stunning embellished print materials.

While digital embellishment technology is primarily used in the printing and packaging industries, it also has potential uses in other areas like apparel, interior design, and even electronics. As the technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see it used in increasingly innovative ways.

5. Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1e with MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution: This is a high-quality digital printing system that incorporates MGI’s embellishment capabilities. The combined solution provides the ability to create high-impact, tactile 2D and 3D effects with UV coating. It offers added value to printed materials by increasing the sensory impact, adding a luxury feel to printed materials.

6. Duplo DDC-810 Raised Spot UV Coater: A digital embellishment product that uses inkjet technology to apply a gloss varnish to defined areas of the substrate, giving images a raised effect with texture and depth. Its design allows for quick and easy production of luxury business cards, postcards, invitations, direct mail, and product packaging.

7. Highcon Systems Digital Cutting and Creasing: Highcon offers a range of machines that use innovative digital technology to cut and crease printed materials. This eliminates the need for traditional dies, making it easier and more cost-effective to create custom designs.

8. EFI VUTEk h5 with EFI Armor UVF and UVR Coatings: This large-format hybrid printer includes UV-LED curing with a multi-layer white print capability and special clear ink to create textured effects on a wide range of materials.

In terms of software:

9. EFI Fiery JobFlow with Fiery Command WorkStation: This software suite automates job preparation steps to produce print-ready files, simplifying the process of creating digital embellishments. It also provides tools for managing digital printers and ensuring consistent, high-quality output.

10. Esko Studio Software for Packaging Design: This software offers a range of tools for designing and visualizing packaging. It includes features for creating digital embellishments, making it easy to create and preview designs before they go to print.

11. HP Mosaic and Collage: Part of HP’s SmartStream software suite, these tools allow for automatic generation of unique designs for digital embellishment. Each design can be different, adding an element of personalization and uniqueness to print products.