What are the different printing techniques?
Save the dates and wedding invitations are one of the first things your guests will see - and their design is what will set the tone for your wedding. Here are the 7 main printing techniques used by Designs by Sarah.
Digital Printing is the most common, cost-effective and easiest printing technique currently available. Digital printing uses digital files (i.e. PDFs) that are sent directly to the printer. Electrostatic rollers called “drums” apply toner onto the paper. A wide range of colors and tones can be produced, with the exception of metallic colors like gold, silver, and rose gold.
Offset Printing uses etched metal plates (one plate for each color being printed is created) that apply ink onto a sheet of paper. The metal plates are secured to rollers that transfer the ink onto the paper. Color matching is more precise compared to digital printing because flat and metallic ink colors are custom formulated.
Letterpress is one of the oldest forms of printing and has become one of the most popular printing techniques used for wedding invitations. The ink is pressed into the surface of the paper so you can see and feel the indentation of the text or image. Each piece is individually pressed, which helps to create a timeless look and feel for your wedding day.
Foil Stamping is a similar printing process to letterpress, but where metallic colors or foils are applied to the surface using heat. The heat causes the foil to adhere onto the paper, creating a decorative finish. The most commonly used colors used in this technique are gold and silver.
Embossing is the opposite of letterpress - instead of the text or image being indented into the paper, the design is raised. This look is achieved by stamping the paper onto an etching that makes the impression on the paper.
Die-Cutting is the process where paper is cut using a metal die or blade. Traditional die-cutting works like a stamp or cookie cutter, creating cutaways into the desired shape.
Laser Cutting is known as the modern version of die-cutting, which utilizes a laser to cut the materials. Whether you’re looking for a simple or elaborate invitations, you’ll be sure to impress any guest with the intricate details of this printing method. Traditionally, paper or heavy card stock is used for this technique.
Not sure on which technique is best for your wedding theme? Get a free consultation with Sarah today!
Thank you for this detailed blog about the wedding invitation printing techniques. What printer did you use for custom offset printing?
Hi Tina, thank you for reading my blog! I work with a few printers in the Denver metro area. If you are looking to contact one, try Morrell Printing in Lafayette. They are a family-owned business with very experienced staff. Feel free to email or call me if you have any further questions. Thanks again!
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