For guidance on what printing technique is best for you, a brief explanation is given along with pros and cons of each service. Please note that additional accent services such as foiling, embossing, die-cutting and sewing are also available.
Process: Ink is applied to the cavities of a metal plate, the surface is wiped clean and pressure is applied to transfer the image to the paper. It gives a raised surface and accepts fine detail.
Pros: Sharpest detail; luxurious and very tactile, exact color matches
Cons: Full color photographs and large ink areas are not possible
Process: Letterpress is one of the oldest forms for printing and is done by hand. After a reversed, relief plate is made, it is inked and pressed into the surface of the paper. The impression depth can vary depending on the thickness of the paper.
Pros: Luxurious, classic and very tactile; gives the simplest design a large impact; exact color matches
Cons: Full color photographs are not possible
Process: A laser is guided by the computer file of your design and is capable of cutting intricate designs.
Pros: Incredible visual appeal; costs can be kept low depending on quantity and intricacy
Cons: Cost increases with design intricacy
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Process: Offset printing is the most common printing method where an inked image plate is transferred to a roller and is then transferred onto the paper.
Pros: High quality; exact color matches; ink permeates the paper and does not have the sheen that digital toner does; a printing standard
Cons: Costly for small quantities
Process: Ink is squeegeed over a fine mesh screen. A photographic emulsion process closes the mesh holes that are not part of the design, which allows the ink to pass through the open mesh holes and onto the paper. Our process is done by hand.
Pros: Great effect for small-medium quantities; able to print light inks on dark papers; able to print on materials other than paper (wood, metal, glass, etc.); exact color matches
Cons: Price does not decrease significantly as quantity increases, full color photographs are not possible
Process: Digital Offset uses an electrostatic charge to create printing impressions which can be changed from page to page. It's great for quick-turnarounds and offers great flexibility.
Pros: Ability to print white ink; high quality; ink permeates the paper and does not have the sheen that digital toner does
Cons: Limited papers
Process: Digital printing is similar to a desktop laser printer but on a larger scale. It uses toner instead of ink and is fused to the paper with heat.
Pros: Less setup costs; great for small-medium quantities
Cons: Decrease in quality, color match not guaranteed, limited papers, slight sheen to toner
Process: Heat and pressure are applied to a form and rubber sheet to create custom stamps. The rubber is then mounted on a wood block.
Pros: Produces a one-of-a-kind impression; good for small quantities; can print on non-traditional surfaces
Cons: Not ideal for formal affairs; variable quality