Lamination on Name Cards: What Is It and Why Would You Want It

Danny Zhang 2020-08-11 21:54:06
There's often much more to creating name cards than getting the perfect design or choosing the right paper to print on. A significant component of name card design is to decide whether a laminate finish is necessary, and what kind of laminate to choose.
Many would believe that lamination is necessary for name cards. However, that's not always true. Whether to laminate would depend on several factors, including the day-to-day application of your name cards and the target audience.

The right finishing completes not just the looks, but also the feel of your business card. Here is what you should consider when deciding on lamination for name cards.

What is Lamination

In the printing industry, lamination refers to the application of a plastic film on printed materials. This process adds rigidity and durability to your name cards, protecting them from a mixture of accidents:

  • Moisture

  • Tears

  • Stains

  • Grease

Many everyday products we know utilize the lamination process. Some examples include brochures, restaurant menus, and name cards, to name a few.

Depending on the nature of the use of your name cards, your lamination needs might differ.

What Are Options for Laminating Name Cards

Listed below are the most common finish options for name cards:

  • No Lamination

  • Matt Lamination

  • Gloss Lamination

No Lamination

As the name suggests, these cards do not have any protective finishing. It is non-reflective and retains the original texture of your card, which is perfect for brands that pursue a natural feel.

Having no lamination is also ideal if you want are on a budget, or if you need your cards to be writable. In our tests, writing information on non-laminated cards is the easiest. Gel-Based ink is also less likely to smudge.

Not having a lamination would mean that these cards get damaged more easily over time.

Matte Lamination

Matt lamination produces an elegant finishing and gives your cards a smooth touch. Here are some pros and cons of choosing matte lamination.


  • Readable even under direct lighting

  • Modernised, refined look


  • Costs slightly more than gloss lamination

  • Colors may not appear as vibrant as gloss lamination

Gloss Lamination

Gloss lamination provides a shine to your name cards. If you have colorful graphics on your cards, gloss lamination will make colors appear more vibrant and dramatic.


  • Powerful visual impact for high contrast images

  • Costs slightly less than matte lamination

  • Easier to clean than matte lamination


  • Glare under direct light

  • Prone to scratches


Choosing the right finishing for your name card is not a simple process. But with the correct information about the design and application of your name card, that decision is simple.

We hope that this article has been useful in helping you choose the right lamination for your name cards. If you still need professional help, our team is always ready to offer assistance.