Custom embossing is what to order if you want us to emboss your own cover artwork, such as a monogram or logo, or you need a font that's not available in our standard range, or more characters than our standard range offers. The cost will depend on the size.
We need production-ready artwork to custom emboss your order! Scroll down for what we require, including file specifications, some guidelines for suitable artwork, and how to place your order.
Blind vs Foil Embossing: Depending on the material, custom embossings are generally available embossed 'blind' — ie simply pressed into the underlying material — or with coloured foils.
Please double-check spelling, especially proper names. We cannot be responsible for errors in the artwork you supply.
For practical reasons we cannot emboss or laser engrave all our cover materials. The swatches on our cover materials page are annotated to indicate what we offer on that material: B: blind embossing, F: foil embossing, L: laser engraving.
Foil colours: We offer seven different foil colours. Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Steel, Black, White, and Copper.
Design and Layout: Embossings are normally placed in the centre of the cover, but within limits you can request a different position (most often bottom right). Always consider how the artwork will look on the book, album or box you're ordering (for example it may look too large on a very small album)
Book and album cover styles: We cannot emboss Photo Front covers, but combining an embossing with other cover decorations, such as studio embossing or a cover motif, can often work. However it can also make the cover look too “busy”.
If you have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
File set-up for custom embossing:
Your custom embossing artwork must fit one of our embossing templates, which you can download as PSD files, or you can set up your own file using the measurements below.
Important: Our templates are set to 300dpi to ensure we receive a high-quality file. This may make the file appear big on your computer screen! Please make sure you work with the canvas size in mind not the visual look of the file on your screen. Your artwork doesn't need to completely fill the template, but the price will remain the same.
Custom embossing template dimensions in mm
Price 1 (same price as our standard embossing charge): 70x37,100x25, or147x15
Price 2: 70x70, 100x45 or 147x30
Price 3: 70x100, 100x70 or 147x45
Price 4: 100x100 or 147x70
Price 5: 147x110
Custom embossing template dimensions in inches (approx)
Price 1: 2.8x1.5, 3.9x1.0 or 5.8x0.6
Price 2: 2.8x2.8, 3.9x1.8 or 5.8x1.2
Price 3: 2.8x3.9, 3.9x2.8 or 5.8x1.8
Price 4: 3.9x3.9 or 5.8x2.8
Price 5: 5.8x4.3
You can find the prices for the different price categories here.
To create an embossing block we need a scaled, 100% black vector file. If someone else is creating the artwork please ask them to supply in that format.
If you’re doing it yourself you will need to:
- Convert the artwork (including the text) to 100% black (RGB#000000) — nearly black won’t do!
- Convert the file from bit-mapped raster format (eg JPG, composed of pixels) to vector (“paths” created from mathematically defined lines and curves).
- The file, if for embossing, must be fit one of our template sizes stated above.
You can create the file in either Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Save as file type AI or Photoshop EPS. We will also accept PSDs.
Here's a more detailed video showing how to convert artwork to vector using Photoshop, and also how to check the
If we don’t consider your artwork is suitable for embossing, or it doesn’t match our templates or file specifications, we will put your order on hold and ask you to correct it. We can do this for you but extra charges may apply.
It’s a good idea to create the artwork with the finished size of the template in mind, as the artwork and/or any fonts may become too fine to emboss when scaled down.
How to order Queensberry Custom Embossing
Step 1. Check our online cover swatches to ensure the material you want for your album is suitable for embossing.
Step 2. Download our custom embossing templates. There are twelve templates, which are blank Photoshop files with different canvas sizes as stated above.
Step 3. Create your artwork, which must comply with our file specifications and fit one of our templates. Templates are grouped into five price points depending on the size. You can look up prices for your region in the Workspace Price Calculator under the different album tabs.
Step 4. Save the artwork file — .psd if working from Photoshop or .ai/.eps if working in illustrator. If you're using our templates please do not remove the measurement in the file name. If you're creating your own file please add the measurement to the file name. You can add helpful information to the filename, such as the name you’ve used for the album order, or its Workspace ID.
Step 5. Order your book or album in Workspace, and select Custom Blind Embossing or Custom Foil Embossing. If you choose foil embossing you will need to select a foil colour. You will need to send the album order to Queensberry BEFORE you can send us the custom embossing artwork. You’ll receive an email advice to say we’ve received the order.
Step 6. Upload your artwork. Go back to Workspace and click Albums in the main navigation. Your album will now have a Queensberry Order Number. Click the blue link to open the album, then click the View Album Details button, then Upload Support Files. After you enter a brief explanation of what support files you’re uploading you’ll be able to drag and drop your artwork into Workspace. We’ll take it from there!