The photo, illustration, and/or solid color is printed. Different gradations may be used and offset and Pantone colors are all compatible with the technique.
The varnish containing the effect pigment is applied in the first coating tower. The sheet is then directly transported into the second unit without curing.
The 3D effect is applied to the still-wet coating by using a 3D polymer plate. The plate presses the 3D structure into the still-uncured and wet UV varnish, which contains pearlescent pigments. As a result, the position and alignment of the pigments adapt to the given structure. The pressure of the 3D polymer plate is extremely light (kiss print), and, despite its softness, creates an effective impression of depth.
While the UV coating quickly returns to an even surface, the pigments retain their position, representing the 3D image from the 3D polymer plate. After the layer is hardened under UV light, the astonishing 3D illusion, which can be seen but not felt, becomes reality.