What's the difference between printed and foil stamped presentation folders?

Foil stamped and printed pocket folders

An overview on what a printed pocket folder is and how it differs from a foil stamped custom folder. Learn which folder is best for your business, event, or organization.

What is a printed presentation folder?

Your logo, branding, or artwork is printed on a pocket folder in 1, 2, 3, or 4 (full) colors. Depending on the folder size, we use either ink offset printing (for 9" x 12" and legal folders) or digital printing for mini folders.

With 9" x 12" and legal custom presentation folders, pick the folder style that offers the amount of colors that are in your logo or branding.

For example, if you want just your logo printed on the folder and your logo is orange, choose the 1-color. If your logo is orange and black, choose the 2-color. If your logo is colorful (like a photo), choose the 4-color.

Blue letter-sized pocket folder with tax advisor logo printed on the front cover.

How to determine which Printed Folder you need… and how to tell the difference

Custom presentation folder printed in one color

1-Color Printed Folder

The logo and pockets are all printed in the same blue color on a white pocket folder.

Colors shown here: Blue

Custom presentation folder printed in two colors

2-Color Printed Folder

The same logo shown in blue and black with black pockets.

Colors shown here: Blue, Black

Custom presentation folder printed in three colors

3-Color Printed Folder

The same logo shown in blue and green on a black background with green pockets.

Colors shown here: Blue, Green, Black

Full-color custom printed presentation folder

4-Color Printed Folder

The same logo shown in ivory, printed on a mult-color background. This is the style you would choose to print photos.

Colors shown here: Multi

About Digitally Printed Mini Folders

Our mini folders are all digitally printed, which means they are printed in full color. In other words, you don't have to figure out if you need a 1-color, 2-color, etc. Just choose your mini folder size, upload your art, and you're good to go! All mini custom printed folders with pockets are printed on our standard white paper for vibrant graphics.

Learn more about printed mini pocket folders.

Small white pocket folder printed with plant leaf design an company logo on the front cover.

What is a foil stamped presentation folder?

To make a foil stamped business folder, we stamp a metal plate onto unrolled foil film, onto the pocket folder. We can do this on any sized pocket folder, and with any paper stock.

Want to see all the foil colors? We've outlined all the metallic and non-metallic foil colors, plus we have some tips for designing a logo for foil stamping.

Foil stamped custom folders are imprinted with one color. Two-color foil stamped folders are available. Please contact us for details.

Bight pink pocket folder with white foil company logo imprinted on the front cover.

Shown: 6" x 8-¾" Pocket Folder (Recycled Pink Smooth paper with White Foil imprint)

Printed presentation folder for a university

The benefits of printed pocket folders

  • No imprint size restriction. Add your logo and branding on the front cover, back cover, and inside pockets.
  • You can add photos to your folder design (with 4-color folders)
  • Four pricing tiers. Want your brand colors but can't afford full-color? Go with 1- or 2-color.
  • Use YOUR colors. We can print your brand's PMS (Pantone) colors.
Green presentation folder with gold foil stamped logo

The benefits of foil stamped folders

  • Classic styling. A foil stamped design has a timeless look that never goes out of style.
  • Great for 1-color logos. If all you want to add is your logo, you can choose from 27 foil colors.
  • Imprint on any paper! Light paper, dark paper, smooth, textured, recycled, and more. Choose from 60+ paper stocks for your custom foil stamped folders.

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