'Tangible and dramatic, a special accent'

An irresistible eye-catching effect
A great way to add a tactile or dramatic print effect to a package or label is to use a micro-textured pattern. This is often used to draw attention to a specific area of a packaging design, although it can also be used all-over. In addition to the visual patterns of micro-controls, it is also possible to apply the lacquer in high volumes. This provides an extra dimension, a tangible accent that invites the consumer to touch the print.

How do we print microstructure effects?
Among other things, we print microstructure effects by means of a lacquer. When lacquering, a layer of lacquer is applied to the print and, depending on the chosen pattern/structure and type of lacquer, a certain effect is created. Lacquers can be applied both flat and elevated. When the lacquer is elevated onto the print, a 3D effect is created.

Can microstructures be printed in colour?
We can print microstructure effects in both transparent and coloured lacquer. When opting for transparent lacquer, the background colour of the paper or cardboard influences the end result. Printing a transparent lacquer over a base of colour printing is also a possibility. For microstructures that are printed with coloured lacquer, there is a choice of CMYK and PMS colours.

Can microstructures be printed on paper and cardboard?
Yes, we can print microstructures on both paper and cardboard. 

Is microstructured printing sustainable?
Various lacquers are available. Examples of sustainable lacquers are water-based lacquers and biodegradable lacquers. We try to use sustainable lacquers as much as possible and, together with our suppliers, continuously conduct tests to use more environmentally friendly raw materials. Depending on the desired lacquer effect, we will offer a suitable lacquer.

Are microstructures suitable for labels and packaging?
Yes, microstructures are suitable for printing on almost all labels and packaging. Whether printed all-over or just the details, it will add value to the label or packaging. Not only the texture appeals to consumers, the role of the light that plays with the printed patterns also gives that extra distinctive effect.

Do microstructures combine well with other printing effects?
Yes, microstructures can be combined well with other printing effects. Within microstructures, many special effects can be achieved (think of: colour or transparent lacquer, increased palpable 3D effect or matte and gloss). When microstructures are combined with other printing effects, this always results in a unique appearance. Examples of popular print effect combinations are microstructures with embossing, microstructures with gravure printing or microstructures with foil stamping.

Design tips

  • Microstructures can be applied in both a flat and elevated manner, on paper and cardboard
  • Matte and gloss effects are possible
  • Increased palpable 3D effects of patterns and structures are possible
  • Can be applied all-over or locally (as a detail)
  • Ideal for accentuating logos or images
  • Adds a special and unique accent to the print


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