A look at some of the Emerging trends in printing

May 27, 2014 at 5:17 am
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Many printing companies offer two different printing techniques that deal with modern printing demands comprehensively. The two major printing methods today are digital and screen printing. They are the same in many aspects, but have fundamental differences that make them ideal for different types of jobs. They are high precision printing techniques, which offer the person printing a chance to modify the images they are printing for different copies of the work printed. They are quite expensive, but in the long run, especially considering bulk printing, are worth the spending for the quality of work produced. They are different from traditional printing techniques and are ideal for indoor illuminated signs.

In screen printing, the image is developed manually, and used as a template for the printing. The original image is called the stencil or screen, which might explain why the naming of the technique. After the image is made, it is used in the application of ink onto the surface of the material that is being printed on. A different stencil applies a different color to the printed image one at a time. The final product is a combination of all the colors. It is a relatively old process that involves a lot of manual input.

Screen printing normally has a limit on the minimum number of copies that one can print. This is because of the high cost of material, labor and the amount of time invested in the printing process. All this make the process expensive, therefore uneconomical if only few copies are printed. For designs and printing processes that are difficult because of the vibrancy involved or the nature of the surface to be printed on, then screen printing is the way to go. It is ideal for printing on t-shirts or on rugged surfaces like on mugs, water bottles and mugs. The fact that there is a lot of hand printing means that the accuracy level for these surfaces is very high. The use of stencils also affects the brightness of the image. The application of each color separately by a different stencil results in a thick layer of ink. With such thick layers, even dark surfaces like dark t-shirts when printed on using this technique have a very bright final image. The technical and manual steps involved in the printing process, however, make it less accurate. If one wants precision printing, then the better alternative is digital printing.

When it comes to this technique, the images produced are more accurate. The ink layers are thinner as a result of this. It does not use a screen or stencil, so the printing is photographic, which is way more accurate that traditional printing. When printing images on surfaces like shirts, they do not use any heat application process. The image embeds directly onto the fabric. Although more expensive than traditional methods, the cost per page is lower than that of screen printing, so there is no minimum limit placed on the number of copies. It is best used for signs and graphics on light shirts, that allow light to shine through and illuminate the design.


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