There are a variety of printing options available to you from traditional Lithographic printing and Foil blocking to modern day Digital printing and Digital foiling. You will find information below about the techniques and finishes we offer at The Print Team
Lithographic Printing (Ink on paper):
This type of printing is where an image that you want to print such as logos, text and photographs is placed on a plate which is then covered in ink and used for printing onto a variety of materials ranging from 80gsm to 400gsm. Lithographic printing is used around the world for printing brochures, books, business stationery, invitations and much more, because of the high quality results it is really something everyone should consider.
(The photos above show the process from plates and ink on the press to the finished printed item)
Thermographic Printing (An addition to Lithographic printing):
In this printing process, we use a clear powder, placed onto the wet ink while on the printing press. The ink and powder is heated, producing a raised glossy finish to the ink, still in the inks’ original colour and then dries hard on the stock.
Digital Printing (Toner on paper):
Digital printing is made up of 4 toners (CMYK) which are dry powders pressed and heated onto paper ranging from 80gsm to 400gsm.
The benefits of this process is the fast turnaround, unlike Lithographic printing which is 2-3 days for drying purposes. Another benefit is that digital printing allows you to have short runs of booklets, brochures, invitations and business stationery which can be generic or personalised for individual requirements.
Traditional foil blocking involves pressing metallic foil to material using a heated metal block. Once pressed you will find that the area does not only become foiled but is slightly indented due to the pressure and heat used. This printing process should be considered if you are looking for something involving intricate designs, luxurious and beautiful effects!
Digital foiling is a similar process to foil blocking but does not require the use of a metal block. The foil goes directly onto the material using pressure and heated rollers. This is a more economical process and also allows smaller print runs with a faster turnaround. This printing is perfect for business cards, invitations and leaflets.
Embossing and Debossing:
Embossing is a three dimensional effect that emphasizes on a particular area such as logos, initials and patterns. This effect is produced by a metal block pressing into the material like a stamp. This can be combined with foil blocking, digital and lithographic print.
Debossing is the opposite, this is when an image is imprinted into the material rather than raised.
For more information and prices please do give us a call on 020 8209 2090 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
To view samples of each process you can find these images throughout our website pages or pop in to the centre and we can show you actual samples!