What Is Lithographic Printing?
Lithographic printing can go by many names, such as litho, lithography, offset, planographic and planography printing. We use lithography to achieve a high volume of high-quality prints, lithographic printing is commonly used for prints that require multiple, if not thousands of the same item. This makes it the perfect printing method for leaflets, brochures, flyers, and other marketing material.
In litho printing, the printed image is achieved through a carefully managed chemical balance between water and oil-based inks. The image areas of the plate are great at receiving the ink and repel the water use in Lithographic Printing; whereas the non-image areas are water receptive. The water wets the non-image areas of the plate and prevents the ink from adhering.
The process also allows for very high quality and fine detail with colour reproduction as fine as 250 lines per inch. So if you’re looking for high volume printing without compromising on quality lithographic printing could the right choice for you.
We regularly produce large volume runs for our clients that range up to the thousands and can deliver this quickly and cost-effectively every time. So if you’re looking for a litho printer, look no further.
The Lithographic Printing Process
We’ve been a lithographic printer for over 100 years so our process has been refined and improved continuously, we regularly invest in state of the art litho printing machinery and equipment. Because of this we are able to offer each and every client the flexibility to meet tight deadlines and a streamlined work-flow.
In simple terms the litho printing process is:
- Design or images are provided, these are transferred to printing plates.
- The printing plate is kept dampened. The ink is applied to the plate, but will be repelled from the dampened areas (non-imaged areas).
- As the printing cylinder begins to rotate the ink is transferred onto the rubber blanket cylinder.
- With the ink now being transferred onto the rubber blanket cylinder, it is then pressed onto the chosen paper or card whilst being pushed through the machine.