Whether you are ordering business cards, letterhead, or event announcements, your choice between flat and raised print makes a big impact on how the final product looks. Is flat (offset or digital) print the best choice? Or will thermography make it pop?
Thermography: One of the biggest benefits of thermography is that it gives a high quality look with a unique feel. Thermography or "raised ink printing" is a process in which an image is flat printed onto paper, while the ink is still wet, the sheet goes through a duster that places fine powder over the sheet. The powder sticks to the wet ink and the rest of the powder is vacuumed off. Then the sheet goes through an in-line oven to quickly cure the ink- which causes the ink to rise. This process, thermography, is an effective alternative to achieve a raised effect similar to engraving and embossing that is also laser printer safe. Today, thermo is still used for business cards, letterheads, envelopes, stationery, and wedding suites. Thermo has taken on a modern twist and is even mixed with other varieties of print- such as 4 color digital printing, or even embossing and foil stamping. Adding texture and a bit of shine, thermography gives a timeless look of a sophisticated, eye-catching, professional print. With vibrant colors, and dimension, your customers will come back time and time again.
Offset Printing: Offset printing, is a widely used printing technique in which the inked image on a printing plate is printed on a cylinder and then transferred (i.e., offset) to paper or other material. The cylinder gives great flexibility using plates usually made from aluminum or poly, which are used to transfer an image onto a rubber "blanket", and then rolling that image onto a sheet of paper. It's called offset because the ink is not transferred directly onto the paper. Commonly used for printing of envelopes- note pads- sell sheets- booklets, letterheads, invoices, purchase orders, door hangers, and much more. Offset printing is great for medium to larger run jobs, provides accurate color reproduction, and a crisp clean professional looking print.
Digital Printing: Also known as full color printing, is the process of printing a combination of CMYK in a toner base, that is fused to the sheet to produce vibrant color. This process can be printed 1 or 2 sided with a wide variety of outcomes. We can add clear digital effects right on press to make your piece stand above the rest. Digital printing is great for short-medium or long runs. BCO can setup variable data so each and every sheet can be unique. Digital printing still creates striking final products to keep your customers in awe. It is the perfect choice for all projects that require more color and detail with a fast turnaround. For all designs with bleeds, digital may be the option to go with. Digital printing allows you to use light and dark colors together, giving a professional look to both your light and heavy coverage printed pieces. Great for business cards, letterheads, booklets, brochures, envelopes, wide format posters up to 3 panel sales brochures, posters, postcards, and much more!
The experts here at BCO will ensure thermography, offset, or digital printing projects will be impeccably completed!
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