Not all printing processes are the same, just as not all print material is the same. A book needs a different kind of stock than that of a newspaper, for example. Before selecting your printing provider there are seven printing techniques you should get to know in order to get the best results:
The most cost-effective printing technique for larger runs, where chemicals are used to create an image on a flexible plate that attracts ink while repelling water (The white spaces attract water and repel ink).The plate is wrapped around a cylinder and water rollers soak the white spaces. Ink rollers apply the ink on the image area and it is then transferred to a rubber blanket before finally being pressed on the paper. Offset printing is most used in newspapers, magazines, brochures and CD booklets.
A perfect choice for small four-color print runs of no more than 5000 units. Its turnaround is of less than 2 days. Digital printing does not use ink but toner, which instead of being absorbed by the paper forms a layer on it and no plates are necessary since the image can be printed directly from a computer.
A screen plate of a fine mesh such as nylon is used to print on t-shirts, ring binders, bumper stickers and billboards. A stencil is used to block ink on non-image areas with each layer of colour (cyan, magenta, yellow and black).
Embossing – Debossing
These processes respectively create a raised or depressed impression on the paper by stamping it between a metal plate and a counter. Read more Here
Using the same Letterpress Machines we can Foil Stamp in a range of colours to create impressive effects that will make you stand out from the crowd. Foil Stamping -more info
Johannes Gutenberg used this process when he developed the first press. It works just like a rubber stamp, where images and text are raised from a surface, inked and then pressed against the paper or printing substrate. Once the standard printing technique, it is now used mostly in specialty shops for fine art prints, books, wedding invitations and posters.
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Diecutting is a method for punching or cutting out any special shapes into paper or light card by using a metal form that is called a die. It can be used for making a decorative pattern or more functional objectives, such as producing a pocket folder or a ‘do not disturb’ hotel door sign. Die cutting -more info