Once your job has dried, it is off to be finished. Understanding the dynamics of folding and finishing uncoated papers will help you achieve the best results. Folding paper with the grain creates a smoother edge than folding against the grain, although the fold is not as strong. To avoid cracking, printers generally score papers that are folded against the grain or are heavier than 100-lb. text. For double-thick covers, the recommended method is an off-line letterpress score. To ensure perfect folds, design to minimize cross-grain folding and heavy ink coverage on folds.
Premium uncoated papers provide a striking contrast to foil stamping, and they emboss beautifully, as they are capable of achieving great depth without cracking. Foil and embossing dies are limited in the amount of fine detail they can hold. It is best to avoid very fine or small type and detailed line motifs with limited space between lines. There are many embossing styles available, from simple bevels to sculptured embosses. Provide as much detail about dimensionality as possible when specifying embosses. Samples can be a very useful communication tool. For expediency, request that embossing/stamping proofs arrive before the job prints.