Thermography

Thermography is sometimes called "the poor man's engraving". It is a heat process that raises the print above the page to give it relief that one can feel. A fine powder is sprinkled onto printed paper or card, whilst the ink is still wet. The card is then passed through a heat process that fuses the powder with the ink. Whilst some thermography can look rather bold and shiny, Piccolo uses a special very fine matt powder that gives a result as close looking to diestamping/ engraving as possible. It is a particularly successful process for invitations and writing paper.

Please note that our thermography will not be compatible with subsequent passing through a laser printer. There may also be a small amount of card curling. This will go once the card or paper has had time to cool and absorb moisture from the air.

Please view our gallery of thermographed items here.