The Art Of Lamination

Most people don’t think of lamination as anything other than the final step in an art project.  It’s just there to protect the artwork and nothing else.  While that is true, there is more to lamination than just slapping a protective coating onto a piece.  There is a certain art to it in itself and if you understand more about what it is and how it works then you can make the most of lamination.

What Is Lamination?

The first step to understanding the art of lamination is to know exactly what it is.  When it comes to artwork, lamination refers to the process of bonding both sides of the art with plastic.  The plastic creates a sturdy and protective coating that can keep your art properly sealed.  It is also used for things like menus, cards, maps, and other printed items that are going to be handled frequently.

The Difference Between Hot And Cold Lamination

There are two different methods of lamination, hot and cold.  Hot lamination uses a heat source to help bond the plastic to the artwork.  This method is preferred over cold lamination because it is much more durable.  The one downside to hot lamination is that some artwork can’t withstand the heat.  Things like photographs can be distorted and ruined with hot lamination.

Cold lamination does not have a heat source, but instead uses pressure to seal the plastic.  This is a good method for sensitive projects, such as photographs, but it is less durable.  Over time, the plastic can start to peel apart and the protected project can be exposed.  Cold laminators are easier to use than hot laminators and are much faster as well.

The Types Of Finishes

There are two types of finishes that are used when it come to lamination, glossy and matte.  The glossy finish is more common because it allows the image it’s covering to be clearly seen.  Matte finishes are good if you want this particular finish to add to the general look of the art project.

You can also decide on the thickness of your laminate.  It will mostly depend on the type of printing or project that you’re covering.  If you want your artwork to be rigid and minimize the amount of bending that will occur, you can choose a thicker laminate.  A thinner laminate will allow your project to still have a certain amount of flexibility which might be good if you need to roll it to transport it.

No matter what type of work you need to protect, lamination is an excellent choice.  It will allow you to customize the look and protection of your piece and give your art a professional finish.

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Category: Laminating Equipment

Posted On: 27 Nov 15

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