Soft Touch is a finishing technique applied to custom paper boxes that provides a smooth and velvety texture when touched. The tactile experience it offers is truly remarkable. Imagine the sensation of running your fingers over short-napped velvet, smooth suede, or soft chamois leather - that's the kind of feel you can expect from Soft Touch. Due to its relatively high cost, Soft Touch finishes are commonly used for luxury packaging boxes and paper bags.
The soft touch finish can be combined with additional design techniques to create a stunning appearance for printed paper boxes. It pairs well with spot UV, gold or silver foil stamping, embossing, and debossing, resulting in a truly gorgeous look. These embellishments can add visual depth, shine, and texture to the boxes, enhancing their overall appeal and making them stand out. By combining the soft touch finish with these decorative elements, you can achieve a sophisticated and luxurious presentation for your printed paper boxes.
Soft Touch finishes can be applied to printed paper boxes using three main methods: soft touch laminating, soft touch coating, and soft touch paper. At Shanghai DE Printed Box, we primarily utilize the laminating method for our paper printed boxes. This approach offers a stunning soft touch effect while remaining cost-effective. However, in instances where our clients have exceptionally high-quality standards, we opt for soft touch paper to meet their requirements.
The soft touch laminating is quite cost effective, because the soft touch finish can be done both for small order quantities and large order quantities. And the unit cost won't vary a lot.
Soft touch laminating combines the gentle texture of a rose petal with the durability of matte laminating. The process is similar to regular glossy or matte laminating, but what sets it apart is the use of BOPP film.
BOPP stands for Bioriented Polypropylene film and is a thin plastic film used for soft touch laminating. It features a unique tactile finish and a matte appearance. The matte side of the film provides an excellent velvet effect and has a high dyne level, which enhances printing quality. The soft touch film possesses remarkable tactile properties, offering a pleasant and luxurious velvety effect similar to peach skin. It is a superb choice for paper printed boxes that aim to create a distinguished touch and a sense of luxury.
The soft touch film is printable, can be glued and stamped, making it versatile for various applications. It is commonly used in custom luxury packaging boxes, including cosmetic paper boxes, rigid paper boxes, cardboard paper boxes, gift paper boxes, and some electronics packaging boxes. However, due to its high cost, it is not commonly used for corrugated printed boxes and cartons.
The advantages of the soft touch laminating are listed as below:
The soft touch laminating provides a very good solution to the scratch problem of the matte black paper boxes due to its great anti-scratch effect.
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