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Foil Stamping

What is Foil Stamping?

Gold Foil Hotstamping for Books

Nothing says "professional" like foil stamping, but what exactly is it? Foil stamping is the application of metallic foil to paper using a heated die. A custom-made die is heated and, under pressure, is used to fuse foil onto paper, bonding the design to the surface of your book cover. Foil stamping can add shimmer and texture to highlight specific text or images on your cover.

Gold foil stamping is our most popular selection, but there are lots of options! Keep in mind: the photos on this page just can't do it justice ... you really have to see the finished product to fully appreciate the beauty of foil stamping.

Foil Stamping Options

We offer silver, gold, red metallic, blue metallic, white gloss, and black gloss options for our foil hot stamping. You can also check out our 3D design book covers.

Benefits of Metallic Foil Stamping

  • Attention-grabbing effects. Foil stamping helps your book stand out from the crowd with its distinctive and eye-catching appearance.
  • Professional presentation. Foil stamping conveys an image of professionalism and leadership.
  • Increased sales. By enhancing its visual appeal, your book will be sure to fly off the shelves.
  • Superior brand perception. Research recently completed by Perception Research Services, Inc. showed that consumers perceive a foil stamped product to be more valuable and of a higher quality than the same product without foil stamping.

Check out this short (less than a minute) video below to see our foil stamping press in action.

Foil Stamping Specifications

Limitations of Foil Stamping

Our Hot Foil Stamping is only available for hard cover books with cloth or leather covers. If you're interested in metallic foil for other book types, check out our Diamond 3D Foil instead - this is a raised, metallic foil that's even more versatile (and more cost-effective) than hotstamping. While Foil hotstamping is only for our cloth or leather covers, Diamond 3D Foil can be applied to dust jackets, paperback book covers, spiral coil book covers, or saddle-stitched book covers!

Find out more about our Diamond 3D Foil Covers here.

Foil Stamping Cost

Foil Stamping
Set-Up Cost / Book
Dies up to 27 square inches $250 Set-up + 35¢/book
Dies between 27 and 54 square inches $300 Set-up + 40¢/book
Dies between 54 and 81 square inches $350 Set-up + 50¢/book
Dies larger than 81 square inches $600 Set-up + 75¢/book
How do I find my die size?

After you've sketched out your cover design, simply draw an imaginary rectangle around the area to be foil stamped. Measuring in inches, multiply width x height to get the square inches.

So if your imaginary rectangle is 5" wide and 3" tall, your die size will be 5 x 3 = 15 square inches.

If it's 2" wide and 8" tall, your die will be 2 x 8 = 16 square inches.

If it's 8" wide and 10" tall, your die will be 8 x 10 = 80 square inches.

Your Book and 48 Hour Books -- A Great Publishing Team!

Foil stamping can add a stately and elegant effect to the cover of your book. If you'd like more information about Foil Stamping, give us a call (800-231-0521), send us an email (info@48HrBooks.com), or use our Online Chat. We'll be happy to answer all of your questions on how to do foil stmaping.

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