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printing options

DIGITAL
Laser Printing
Laser printing and copying is most effective for smooth, uncoated stock between 100gsm and 300gsm. It is available in black or colour and is recommended for short print runs. Laser printing works by transmitting light to a photosensitive drum to create an image, which in turn attracts toner, and is then set by heat.

Ink jet printing
Injet printing involves spraying ink onto the stock. It is a slower process than laser printing as it works line by line and is also recommended for short runs. Ink jet printers allows a greater use of colour, making multi- coloured designs more affordable. The variety of paper stock available for ink jet printing is more limited than other printing options however, matt, light coloured paper stock is recommended.

LETTERPRESS
Letterpress is a relief printing process, in which a reversed raised surface is inked and pressed into a sheet of paper.
Letterpress is a slow and demanding process that requires a high level of skill. Printers approach the process like fine art printing - each print is unique and great care is taken to prepare for each print run.

ENGRAVING
One of the oldest and most beautiful processes for reproducing images on paper, engraving involves reverse etching an image onto a copper plate.

EMBOSSING
Embossing, or blind-embossing, is similar to engraving in that a raised image is created by pressing paper onto a copper plate. Unlike engraving, no ink is used and the raised image stands on its own on the page.


THERMOGRAPHIC
'Raised printing'
A high profile way to deliver your message. Thermographic printing is a practical alternative to engraving (copperplate printing) and is more affordable, but still versatile enough to let you fulfil your most exquisite taste in design. While engraving raises the paper surface, thermographic printing raises the image or type. This is achieved by sprinkling powdered resin onto wet ink, then heat-fusing it onto the sheet. The result is a deliciously textured, high gloss finish. Though a similar look is achieved to die-stamping or engraving, thermographic print will not show the fine details of typography or logotypes.
To achieve an engraved look, a slow-drying litho ink is used and is dusted while wet with a fine powder. When heated, the powder and ink fuse to create a gloss relief "orange peel" effect. A matt laser-proof finish can also be achieved.

FOILING
A bright and luxurious application giving life and depth to any article.
This is a process of using heat to transfer a film of colour on to your desired job. Most common techniques currently use Magnesium etched die to create the an impression area to transfer the foil to the stock. The common colours that you will have noticed in the past are golds and silvers but there is a large array of colours available, from metallic greens to cherry reds.

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