Quick Print Guide for the creative

Tim Tello
Quick Print Guide for the creative

There is a wide range of printing techniques accessible to graphic designers. This guide shows you how and when to utilize them.

In this guide, we investigate the most used printing techniques supported by artists and designers today, and listing what they're appropriate for. In case you're hoping to print banners, artistic work images, billboards, or even magazines, you'll locate the applicable printing technique here.

Offset printing

  • Utilized for: Newspapers, magazines, handouts, writing material, books
  • Pros: Good for enormous print runs, can utilize extraordinary custom inks, the highest caliber of print
  • Cons: Tedious arrangement, hardware requires additional upkeep

Offset printing is perhaps the most widely recognized approach to print materials, for example, papers and magazines. The cycle sees an inked picture moved from a plate to an elastic cover, at that point at last to the printing surface itself. These elastic covers are folded over a progression of chambers, and the paper is pushed through them.

Given that it expects admittance to expert printing innovation, offset printing is used for enormous print runs, and its arrangement is costly. Offset printing is superb for huge print runs of exceptional quality.

Screen printing

  • Utilized for: Textiles printing, banners
  • Pros: Versatile strategy, reusable, sturdy technique, the high caliber of yield
  • Cons: Requires expert hardware, restricted shading choices

Screen printing stays a mainstream approach to print on textile, particularly T-shirts. The printing interaction includes pushing paint through silkscreen with a wiper, with stencil openings in the screen permitting paint to go through in the ideal spot to make up one's artwork.

With cautious arranging and planning, multiple tones can be layered up with screen printing, taking into account the formation of staggering pictures. Each tone requires its own screen, anyway even single shading prints look striking.

To project your plan, you should paint your screen with photograph touchy emulsion at that point open it to UV light. A neighborhood print studio should assist you with these offices.

3D printing

  • Utilized for: Gifts, models, workmanship, prototyping
  • Pros: Capable of complex plans, completely customizable
  • Cons: Expensive, restricted materials, skill set required

3D printing sees a material added layer by layer with the help of CAD to make an ideal shape. 3D printing has made considerable progress and is now able to convey unbelievable outcomes.

Lino printing

  • Application: Fine workmanship printmaking
  • Pros: Cost effective, simple to begin, reusable
  • Cons: Cutting risk, difficulty using multiple tones

Lino printing is an extraordinary technique for creatives hoping to make craftsmanship prints. It includes scoring a picture into a sheet of wood, covering the brought zones up in ink, and squeezing a substrate (the surface which the ink will adhere to, frequently paper) on top.

All the materials you require to begin are accessible from any craftsmanship shop at a sensible cost, and even the most essential of devices make amazing outcomes. Diverse scoring blades can be added to your toolbox to make interesting imprints.

One thing to remember when scoring into the wood or substrate is that you're making an identical representation of the image, so letters should be cut in reverse.

Letterpress printing

  • Utilized for: Posters, business cards, welcome cards
  • Pros: Good for the short print run, special print appearance, direct
  • Cons: Slow process, restricted tones, difficult to deliver pictures

Like lithographic printing, letterpress printing sees a raised zone covered with ink and afterward moved to a substrate.

As a technique for printing papers, letterpress stayed well known until the mid-20th century when it was taken over by offset printing. Yet, it has been discovered that creatives are still using this process quite often.

Today, letterpress printing is an approach to add idiosyncrasy to one's work as it opposes the flawless computerized and digital approach to print process.


  • Utilized for: Packaging, print media, names
  • Pros: Quick creation, obliges different inks, low operational expense
  • Cons: Time-devouring set up, gear requires constant upkeep

Flexographic printing is basically an advanced form of letterpress printing. Adaptable plates are mounted on a progression of chambers along these lines to offset printing, and the substrate is gone through. Various plates are utilized for singular tones, which are developed to make the message or picture.

Flexography is likewise fit for medium to long print runs. The expert hardware may put it past the range of creatives hoping to test the cycle on a short run, notwithstanding on the off chance that you do decide to explore flexography have confidence that it is a practical printing technique that produces fast outcomes.

Digital printing

  • Utilized for: Desktop distributing, photographs, publicising, writing material
  • Pros: Low cost, fast turnaround, simple to make various tones, useful for short runs
  • Cons: limited substrate usage, doesn't scale to enormous print runs monetarily

Unlike lithography and offset printing, Digital printing doesn't need a printing plate, the ideal picture is digitized to control the amount of ink and toner.

For creatives, perhaps the greatest bit of leeway of advanced printing is the customization it offers. The interaction can likewise deliver a better print from a lower quality picture. Furthermore, given that it doesn't need the making of plates, computerized printing can be a financially savvy and available path for creatives to rejuvenate their thoughts on the page.


  • Utilized for: Fine workmanship prints, material work
  • Pros: Expressive, stand-out
  • Cons: Can just be utilized once

As its name proposes, Monoprinting is a method of printing a picture once and once as it were. This is rather opposite tothe other printing methods, which are outfitted towards the creation of multiple prints.

Monoprinting is the least difficult printing technique in this guide, and is fundamentally used to print straightforward bits of craftsmanship, or materials onto paper. Regularly a piece of plexiglass is covered with a dainty layer of ink and materials are situated on top, these are then covered with a substrate and moved through a press to capture the artwork.

Unlike Lino printing, mono-prints are unique cases on the grounds that the print components must be masterminded and inked each time. This implies that in case you're cautious you can make two prints that appear to be comparable, yet they won't ever be indistinguishable.

Monoprinting materials are readily available, print technique is endless, pleasant, and a great method into the universe of printing. Prints can be delivered rapidly, and gratitude to its adaptability, it energizes experimentation which can be moved to different techniques like lithography.

Hydrographic / Water transfer printing

  • Utilized for: Products, 3D surfaces, from cars to Playstation remotes
  • Pros: Expressive, stands-out, Detailed print, unusual
  • Cons: Setup cost, Time consuming, Strong chemicals

Water Transfer Printing, or hydrographic printing is a technique for the printing of three-dimensional surfaces.

What makes this valuable and interesting, is that it tends to be applied to a wide scope of various kinds of surface, including objects of a wide range of sizes. In this manner, it very well may be found on everything from plane insides and vehicle outsides, to cell phone cases and pottery. Basically, anything that can be plunged into the water and that can be painted can profit by Hydrographic printing.

Hydrographic printing utilizing a basic plunging strategy that gives it one of its names: Water Transfer Printing. To start with, the substrate (the surface that the picture is planned to be moved onto) is pre-treated and a base coat material is applied to it accepting the proposed design on its surface. From here, a film of polyvinyl is made and etched with the picture that is expected to be transferred. This film at that point gets glided in a (tank or tub) of water (of proper size) and breaks down with the assistance of an activator substance abandoning just the ink from its polyvinyl backing.

Presently, the substrate is gradually brought down into the tank. As this occurs, the picture folds over and sticks to the surface. This occurs as the synthetic activator relax onto the outside of the base coat on the item, subsequently empowering the ink to cling to it.

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