- Printing Styles
Printing Styles available at Black Dog Press
The latest modern craze in the paper industry is using a laser to cut intricate designs and text into paper one sheet at a time. Very unique and beautiful, laser printing is being used for business cards, stationery, and of course invitations.
Dating back to the 15th century, engraving gives a tactile experience to the handling of the paper. The image is created by first etching onto a copper plate. The plate is then inked and the ink gathers into the etched areas of the copper. The plate is then pressed into the paper resulting in a raised image and an indentation on the backside (the giveaway that it has been engraved). Engraving is becoming a lost art and is not as widely used as it once was, however this is one of the most beautiful and unique methods still in use today.
Similar to engraving, embossing creates a raised image but without the use of ink. This process is usually used as an embellishment to accompany printed information such as on a wedding invitation, or it is used on personal correspondence cards in the form of a monogram.
A relief printing process that developed in the 14th century which has seen a popular comeback starting in the 1990’s due to technological changes in creating the plates. Letterpress printing uses a plate, often now made out of polymer, that is inked and pressed onto the surface of a paper, leaving a debossed (pressed in) image. This is one of the most popular “old-style” print methods being used today.
Also known as imitation engraving, this process uses a resinous powder applied to the ink that is then heated producing a raised print area and a tactile feel. This is an elegant and affordable print option.
The quickest and most affordable printing method on the market and often available for people to do at home. That being said, there is a huge range in quality that can be achieved depending on the type of printer and paper being used. This is the preferred method for people needing a quick turn-around time, on a budget, using many colors, and of course printing a photographic image.