Printing is a process for mass reproducing text and images using a master form or template. 

Printing is not just one machine that prints everything. There are different types of printing done with different printers. From digital printing to uv led printing here is the list of the types of printing.

  • Digital Printing
Digital Printing
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The digital images are printed on physical surfaces like cloth, plastic, magnets, labels, cardboard, film etc. This kind of printing is done by industrial and desktop sized printers.

  • Embroider Printing
Embroider Printing
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The artwork can be recreated by decorating the fabric with designs that are stitched in strands of thread with a needle. A special printing machine is used for bulk production.

  • Screen Printing
Screen Printing
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Screen printing utilizes different types of brightly colored inks and is often used for printing posters, t-shirts and other promotional items.

  • Transfer Printing
Transfer Printing
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Transfer printing is used to print the desired image on a curved or uneven surface., it can be used for printing on materials like porcelain and cloth like surfaces. Transfer printing asks for designs to have full digital images with vector and high resolution bitmap images which can be applied on an array of products.

  • Flexography printing
Flexography printing
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Flexography printing prints on long and continuous rolls of paper. It makes use of water based inks and rubber plates which dry very quickly and enable faster production rates. With faster drying, more effective results can be obtained on materials like plastic.

  •  Lithography Printing
Lithography Printing
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Quite similar to Digital Printing, Litho Printing enables the printing of full colour prints on different types of physical surfaces. It also enables one to personalize promotional products that ask for multiple printing runs. High resolution artwork (of minimum 300dpi) is needed for this kind of printing.

  • Engraving
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Mostly,for royal invitation cards or business cards of high-ranking officials, engraving is the most commonly used printing method. The image is first engraved on a metal plate. Later, the engraved design is filled in with ink and a paper is pressed on it. As a result, a three-dimensional kind of crisp image can be obtained.

  • Embossing
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In this process, an impression of the design is created on a surface of the product. A fixed amount of pressure is given on the objects and marks are left after the pressure is released. There are two types of embossing:

  1. Blind embossing: The embossed mark is of the colour of the product itself
  2. Foil block: After the design is embossed, it is filled with metallic paints like silver and gold
  • 3D Printing
3D Printing
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The 3D printing process builds a three-dimensional object from a computer-aided design model, usually by successively adding material layer by layer, which is why it is also called additive manufacturing

  • LED UV Printing
LED UV Printing
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An LED UV printer uses the unique drying method to ensure that your company receives luxury brochures of the highest quality. With LED UV printing, ink set off – which is when ink transfers from one sheet to another – is eliminated

These are the various types of printing done by diffrent printing techniques for a certain purpose.

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