The Art of Embossing

Luis Tirado, owner and founder of WBC Graphics LLC, is a 3M Preferred Installer and a 3M Authorized Trainer, 3M-endorsed knifeless installer, and a 3M-endorsed architectural installer. He has been wrapping for the last 14 years in Apopka, Florida and the Central Florida area. For more information on training visit www.wbcgraphics.com.

Embossing and debossing are the processes of creating either raised or recessed relief images and designs in paper and other materials. In this case, with self-adhesive vinyl. A high-quality vector art file is a good starting point to create your desired emboss graphics.

For this project we will be embossing some interesting flower patterns on the hood and side mirrors on a silver vehicle with a finish silver film layer for a paint-like embossed style.

To make it fun, we will be doing mirrors in one layer and the hood in two layers. We will be using a flower pattern-style vector file to be cut with a plotter. After the file is sized correctly and plotted, we will be pre-masking it as we would with any other standard decal, making it ready to install.