Debossed refers to a fabrication process used for applying a recessed dimensional design onto a material. The process requires a die to be created with the desired pattern, which is then applied with pressure—and in some cases heat—to create the sunken effect. This differs from embossing, which creates a raised effect on the materials and consequently needs both a male and a female die to accomplish.
Debossing can be applied to laminate, leather, metal, paper, wallcovering, and vinyl. Blind debossing refers to a process that is completed without the use of ink, metallic foil, or plastic additives, resulting in a subtler appearance. Debossing can be paired with printing processes to create more intricate designs.