Wednesday, 14 November 2012

What is design for print: Print processes

The Printing Process

There are nine main types of printing processes:
  • offset lithography - technique in which the inked image is transferred
  • engraving - think fine stationery
  • thermography - raised printing, used in stationery
  • reprographics - copying and duplicating
  • digital printing - limited now, but the technology is exploding
  • letterpress - the original Guttenberg process (hardly done anymore)
  • screen - used for T-shirts and billboards
  • flexography - usually used on packaging, such as can labels
  • gravure - used for huge runs of magazines and direct-mail catalogs

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