Professional Printing Techniques & Styles
Our Files & Your Professional Printer
All the template files in The DIY Store has been designed to be printed at home but if you wish to have your stationery printed professionally then simply contact us and we will provide you with a high resolution PDF file for professional printing instead. So if you don't feel like printing your stationery at home you can always give your stationery files to a professional printer.
There are plenty of great online printers that you can simply upload the file to, or pop it onto a USB stick and take it to your local printer or copy shop. A large choice of printing methods is available which you may wish to consider. The look and feel and the difference in price can be extreme. Here are a few of the most common professional printing methods...
Digital Printing – Cost-Effective Flat Print
Inexpensive and fast “on demand” printing with a short turn around. Many modern invitations etc are now produced with digital printing. Digital printing is now offered at an affordable price and you get better ink coverage, sharper images and more vivid colours than a home printer. You can also choose heavier weight card stock/papers. The text and image are printed onto the page at the same time. Digital printing has a higher cost per page than more traditional “offset printing/flat printing” methods but this price is usually offset by the cost saving in avoiding all the technical steps in between needed to make printing plates.
Offset Printing – Flat Print
A traditional and commonly used printing technique where a plate is made of each colour used then the ink is transferred to the paper, one colour at a time, and set to dry. Offset printing is very well suited for producing large volumes (commercial quantities) of consistent high quality prints at a cost-effective price. A variation of this process is thermography.
Thermography – Cost-Effective Raised Print
Simply put, thermography is a modern printing style and technique combining wet ink with a special powder creating a raised effect similar to that of traditional engraving. Thermography is therefore commonly used on wedding invitations, letterheads, business cards, greetings cards etc. Letterpress – Costly Raised Print Quality Letterpress is an involved, old form of printing which requires technical skill and competence. It is therefore also more costly than most other printing methods. In brief - A reverse raised surface (typically movable metal type or zinc plate) is coated with ink and pressed into a sheet of paper to produce a “positive” image. The physical impression onto the paper produces a beautifully defined and “richer” look than offset printing. Letterpress is particularly well suited for fine typography and is a class of its own for invitations, stationery etc.
Not all printing processes described above will be appropriate for our template files in The DIY Store.
If you are interested in using something other than home or digital professional printing, please talk to us before you buy any of our products so we can advise if the design you would like to purchase will work.