Adding Foil Effect to Origami Scene

Origami lets you configure one of the spot colors to become foil - reflective material that visually enhance your design. Here we’ll show you how to do that in a simple step-by-step guide.

Making Test Scene

Let’s start with a simple FEFCO-0427 box made with our built-in dieline generator. With all the default settings you will get something like this in Illustrator:

FEFCO-0427 in Illustrator

And something like this in Origami:

FEFCO-0427 in Origami

Now add a rectangle or text to the top of the box and fill it with gold-looking color (or any other, it doesn’t really matter). You should have this in Illustrator:

FEFCO-0427 with color mark on top in Illustrator

And this on Origami:

FEFCO-0427 with color mark on top in Origami

We’re almost there, the only thing is that our “gold” color is not gold enough, as it doesn’t reflect. Let’s do this.

Converting Paint into Gold

Double-click that orange color in “Swatches” window of Illustrator to open the “Swatch Options” window:

Swatch options window of simple orange color in Illustrator

And make two changes:

You should end up with this:

Swatch options window of spot gold color in Illustrator

Click OK to commit the changes and make sure the “gold” color you used to add that extra artwork to the top of the box is now spot color named “Foil”. If everything is fine, switch to Origami and update the scene:

FEFCO-0427 with gold foil mark on top in Origami

Rotate the preview with your mouse to see the gold foil effect.

Converting Gold to Silver

You can control the foil color by adjusting the spot color you created. Let’s make it gray with light blue tint to make it looks like silver:

Swatch options window of spot silver color in Illustrator

Then update the Origami scene to see the result:

FEFCO-0427 with silver foil mark on top in Origami

This way you can make foil of any color you need. You can also use opacity to get the most of the effect.

Using Custom Spot Color Names

Origami uses “Foil” name of the spot color by default, but as with any other default value you can change it in Settings window.

Besides using the default foil name you used to, this can be useful if you want to temporary disable the effect. For instance 3D PDF does not support foil and you may want to export foil spot color as a “standard” color. Then you can go to Settings and temporary change “Foil” to something else, so Origami doesn’t process it as foil.

Exporting and Rendering Foil

Origami displays foil in preview and renders it with built-in renderer. Foil effect is also supported by Owlet renderer and can be exported to Boxshot or Koru using Collada or Boxshot Model formats.

Other software may not be able to completely understand foil materials in Collada, as they are exported using Boxshot-specific extensions (there are no standard format for foil). However, foil is exported as mask and color, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to load it manually.

Same for OBJ format. Origami exports foil masks, but MTL-file does not reflect that, as it doesn’t have options to describe the effect. You will need to configure it manually.

Finally, 3D PDF and its U3D format do not support foil at all, so Origami doesn’t export foil mask there. This means you get empty white areas instead of foil in 3D PDF files. Consider temporary switching foil off using the method described above to get a plain color exported instead of the foil.

What’s Next

Have a look at other advanced Origami topics:

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