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November 02, 2022 4 min read

by April Quibido

A wife, a mom, and a definite homebody who loves writing about all sorts of interesting things online. She loves fashion, interior design, and other creative pursuits—writing included. She also has entrepreneurial endeavors and, like everyone else, wants to thrive and grow in all aspects of life.


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You may have noticed some leather jackets have distinct patterns, stamps, or a certain look to them. It’s not the pattern that is part of the animal hide that the leather is from, but instead something that has been added artificially.

This is what is referred to as embossed leather. Leathers that have been embossed provide a cost-effective alternative to exotic animal hide. This means that consumers no longer have to search for rare animal hide to achieve a unique leather look and can instead rely on embossed leather.

One critical aspect of leather manufacturing is embossing it. Different tools such as metal plates, rollers, etc. are used in order to create those designs.

Let’s go over what leather embossing exactly is, what are its different types, and the step-by-step process of embossing leather.

What is Leather Embossing

Although leather is often associated with a smooth texture, it is quite common to add some distinct character to it. This is possible through leather embossing, which is a process where logos, patterns, monograms, images, and texts are imprinted into the fabric.

This can either be done in one session or over a period of time. Heat and high pressure are commonly used to make sure the design applied on the leather stays in place. There are times when the leather still retains its smooth texture but has a small maker’s stamp or mark on it. This is still considered embossed leather, although it is to a minor degree.

Different Types of Leather Embossing

Leather embossing comes in three different common types:

  • Color Embossing

In this type of leather embossing, different colors and pigments are imprinted onto the leather while it is pressed, stamped or undergoing other methods of embossing.

  • Blind Embossing

This type of embossing is the opposite of color embossing in that no colors or pigments are used throughout the entire process. Heated pressure is applied to leave a deep impression on the leather. The resulting pattern usually comes out darker than the leather itself.

  • Gold Embossing

Gold embossing involves using a gold leaf to coat the leather and give it a golden glow. Although it does not make use of real gold, the process of manufacturing it is still complex and very expensive.

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How to Emboss Leather

Unfinished leather is a lot easier to emboss. However, with practice, it is possible to also emboss stained or finished leather.

To get started on embossing, you will need the following tools:

  • Sturdy work surface
  • Metal embossing stamps with the shape or pattern of your choice
  • Wooden mallet
  • Two to four C-clamps
  • Cylinder for holding the stamps
  • Unfinished or finished leather

Here is the step-by-step process to emboss your leather:

  1. First, use a damp sponge to moisten the leather, softening it and making it easier to manipulate.
  2. Wipe over the entire spot that you wish to emboss. However, make sure not to soak the leather as the more water that is absorbed, the longer it takes to dry the leather.
  3. Place the leather on a sturdy surface.
  4. Use clamps to fasten it to the surface and make sure it stays in place throughout the process.
  5. Connect the first stamp to the cylinder, arranging it on the surface of the leather with the stamp side facing down, and using your non-dominant to hold the cylinder.
  6. Make sure to tightly grip the mallet then use it to pound the other end of the cylinder to press the stamp into the leather.
  7. Estimate the amount of pressure and the frequency of the hits that are needed to achieve your desired embossing depth.
How to emboss leather

Bottom Line

Embossing leather is a great way to give your leather clothing, especially leather jackets, a bit more character and personality, making them stand out. Not to mention, it can be expensive to get your desired leather hide but with embossed leather, the price is significantly lesser.

Some people might confuse embossing with engraving. However, the main difference between the two is that embossing compresses the leather while engraving cuts and scrapes away a part of the leather in order to form a pattern.

Did you learn anything new from this article? Let us know your thoughts down below! If you liked learning about embossed leather, don’t hesitate to share it with your friends!


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