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Print Methods

10 Different Ways To Print!

We love options! One reason why we offer TEN different ways to print. This give you the look you love. Explore the different types of printing, and the best papers to print on. We are always here to help. 

 

 

Digital Print

Todays traditional way to print as it is the most economical and fast turn around. No plates are made and no set up fees are required. With Digital printing printing can be done on card stocks, papers, and envelopes. Full color printing is the combination of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black toners (CMYK). Darker colors are more opaque and lighter colors will take on the characteristics of paper it is printed on. For example, 100% Magenta printed on 24 KT will not look the same as 100% Magenta printed on Classic White; 100% Yellow will not show up on darker stocks like Classic Black. The lighter the stock, the more true the color. Digital printing is perfect for watercolor, hand-painted or multicolored aesthetics, photos and beautiful typography. Ink colors are calibrated specifically to each printer, so do not expect the output from your printer to be an exact match to ours. There will be variations.

 

 

Digital White

A fantastic way to add white ink to your paper, yardstick and envelopes without the cost of plates and set up fees! Plus it's economical and fast. Similar to digital printing with CMYK toners, white toner is fused to the surface of card stocks, papers and envelopes with heat. This digital option offers a great way to highlight white text and graphics on dark pigmented stocks with smaller quantities and quicker turnaround. Though more cost effective than foil stamping with white matte foil, digital white printing is less opaque. Make sure your type is large enough to be legible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Gold 

A cost effective way to have a (almost) fold stamp look. Digital gold will give a shimmer in all the text and graphics. Similar to digital printing with CMYK toners, metallic gold toner is fused to the surface of card stocks and papers with heat. This digital option offers a great way to highlight metallic gold text and graphics on dark pigmented stocks with smaller quantities and quicker turnaround. We recommend using Matte stocks for better metallic contrast. Make sure your type is large enough to be legible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Silver

A cost effective way to have a (almost) fold stamp look. Digital silver will give a shimmer in all the text and graphics. Similar to digital printing with CMYK toners, metallic silver toner is fused to the surface of card stocks and papers with heat. This digital option offers a great way to highlight metallic silver text and graphics on dark pigmented stocks with smaller quantities and quicker turnaround. We recommend using Matte stocks for better metallic contrast. Make sure your type is large enough to be legible.

 

 

Screen Print

Screen printing is a technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. One color is printed at a time; several screens can be used to produce a multicolored design. However, each color used in a design requires the creation of a unique screen, which can add to the overall cost of the piece. Because the inks are opaque, screen printing is an excellent choice for retaining vibrant colors of light inks when printing on dark stocks.

 

 

Thermography

Thermography is a print process that relies on heat to create raised ink, resulting in an elegant, tactile effect. In this process, a resin powder is applied to the paper, adhering to the ink. After removing the excess powder, the printed piece is heated and the mixture of powder and ink dries, forming the raised effect. Most colors are printed with colored ink and then a clear thermography powder is added. Specifically for gold and silver thermography, it is printed in gold or silver ink and then gold or silver powder is added. This process is a cost-effective way to achieve the look of texture without the added costs of plate-making.

Letterpress

Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press. Custom dies are positioned into the bed of the press and inked, then paper is pressed against it to transfer the ink, creating an elegant, tactile effect. We recommend using heavy-weight stocks to maximize the look of relief printing. Letterpress is a wonderful choice for highlighting fine details. Similar to screen printing, the more ink colors that are used the more costly this process can be, as unique dies are required per color.

 

Em-Boss

Embossing alters the surface of paper stock or other substrates by providing a three-dimensional or raised effect on selected areas. The procedure requires the use of two dies: one that is raised and one that is recessed. The dies fit into each other so that when the paper is pressed between them, the raised die forces the stock into the recessed die and creates the embossed impression. A specific level of pressure is applied to the dies in order to squeeze the fibers of the paper, which results in a permanently raised area in the paper.

De-Boss

Debossing is similar to embossing, but recesses the design rather than raising it. Rather than the paper being raised in specific areas, it is indented. The process involves applying pressure to the front side of the paper and forcing the material down from the surface. Although it is not as common as embossing, it is occasionally used to provide a different effect or appearance that fits a particular theme.

 

 

Foil Stamp

Foil stamping is the application of pigment or metallic foil, often gold, silver or white, to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper.