Commercial Printing Processes

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  • Commercial Printing Processes
    • Gravure
      • High speed printing, excess ink evaporates
      • Able to print on a variety of materials including plastics, papers and boards
      • Able to replicate colours consistently
      • Very expensive setup costs
      • The chemicals used have a negative environmental impact
    • Lithography
      • Relatively Inexpensive
      • Relatively High Quality
      • Widely Available
      • Able to print on a wide variety of papers and boards
      • Able to print on both sides of a sheet
      • Not as high quality as gravure
      • The chemicals used have a negative environmental impact
      • Can only be used on flat surfaces
    • Screen Printing
      • Extremely versatile, can print on virtually any material
      • Able to print on non-flat surfaces
      • Relatively inexpensive for low volume print runs
      • Not as high quality as lthography or gravure
      • The inks take a long time to dry
      • Colours can be inconsistent
    • Flexography
      • Relatively Inexpensive
      • Relatively High Printing Speed
      • Able to print on a variety of materials including plastics, foils, laminates, papers and boards
      • Not as high quality as lithography or gravure
      • The chemicals used have a negative environmental impact
      • Colours can be inconsistent
    • Digital Printing
      • Extremely versatile, no two copies are the same
      • Relatively Inexpensive
      • It can print on a range of materials
      • Colours can be inconsistent
      • Not as high quality as lithography or gravure

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