Finishings: Types of Laminations


Types of laminations: gloss, matte, satin, and other options

So you’ve finished designing your business card and decided to print it. You’ve looked into the paper materials and chosen the right material for your project. All is set and done, right? 

Well, not quite! Other than the various materials you can pick one of the most desired finishings when it comes to printing, is none other than paper lamination. 


What is Lamination? 

Lamination is the process of applying a thin layer of clear plastic film on to paper or card sheets. Not only does this strengthen and preserve your printed items, it also adds a nice effect to it as well. Whether your products are business card, leaflets, flyers or other paper materials, lamination will always be an option for you to consider using on them. 

There are different types of laminations, but the 3 most common ones are Gloss Lamination, Matte Lamination and Soft Touch Lamination. Depending on the nature of your business, it is important to choose the right type of lamination as they have different characteristics and features. Which is why in this article, we at Printlab will take a look at our various lamination types and guide you through the best-suited lamination for your print project.


Matte Lamination

Matte lamination produces a sleek plus professional finishing on your printed items. In addition, it’s non-reflective surface gives your product a more natural and elegant feel.  In general, this lamination is much more durable compared to the other laminations.

Matte lamination is suited for people who look for stylish, minimalistic designs. In a business perspective, most  industries use matte lamination in their project as it looks much more corporate and professional. 


Glossy lamination

Glossy lamination is also a common lamination that uses a shiny, clear layer of plastic to enrich printing. It basically gives your product a lustrous, glass-like appearance, which in turn enhances the color of your artwork.

As the shine of the gloss makes your product stand out, this lamination is suitable for companies like the beauty or technology industries. Also if your project is more on the visual-heavy side, glossy lamination is the way to go.


Soft Touch Lamination (Velvet)

Soft Touch Lamination is neither 100% matte or glossy, Instead, it gives your paper products a nice velvety, smooth and silky appearance. The strength of soft touch lamination lies on its tangibility  a feeling of depth and the sense of touch. 

This type of lamination is more suited for luxury brands, as it gives your product an attractive finish that comes with a premium feel to it. Compared to glossy and matte laminations, soft touch is less common. That said, we at Gogoprint do offer this lamination on certain products, such as business cards, postcards



Now that you’re aware about the types of lamination and their importance, make sure to consider lamination for your next print project. Adding a layer of lamination can not only make your printed goods much more durable, it can also give them special interesting effects while looking professional at the same time! 

If you’re ready to print and laminate your artwork, check our website and choose your preferred lamination. Our team is perfectly happy to assist you on the right type of lamination as well! Just keep in mind the compatibility between the lamination and your business, if done right, you’ll be sure to get the perfect printed product with the effect you wanted.