The modern Printing world comprises of a multitude of printing technologies and with the vast number of technologies and new methods coming up every now and thus it becomes necessary to understand the existing technologies. Here are some of the technologies that exist in the modern printing world and are used widely in the various fields of printing.
Developed in the 15th century the process of letterpress is an extensive one and uses wooden or metallic characters arranged in the desired fashion and coated with a layer of ink. This arrangement is then pressed on the print media in use and gives a handmade feel to the final product.
The wooden letters are designed specifically for the process of letter pressing and are arranged on a board which is then used to place them on the print media in use. The ink gives a very fine finish to thee output and the process needs high levels of craftsmanship.
In the present day, the technique is used to print on visiting cards and wedding invitations. The metal characters give an emboss finish to the final product making it worth the effort.
The printing technique makes use of custom made dies for printing. The dies are made by cutting paper in different shapes to give a custom-made look to the final output produces. Somewhat similar to the letterpress technique of printing die cutting is not conventionally a printing technique but can be classified as one due to its wide use in printing business cards and custom-made prints.
Die cutting is often done using pre defined customized dies which are manufactured for the sole purpose of printing. Thee dies are constructed making use of a specific type of paper which can be used repeatedly for a long period of time.