Coated paper is paper which has been coated to import certain finished qualities to the paper e.g. Gloss, Matt or Silk Finish, This type of paper is most commonly used by commercial printing companies as it produces sharper, brighter images and has better reflectivity than uncoated papers. Harlequin nearly always uses this material for flyers, leaflets, menus, brochures and magazines.
Uncoated Papers – Bond / Pulp
Paper that does not have any kind of coating applied is known as uncoated paper. Uncoated paper is available in many different finishes, colours, weights and is generally more absorbent than the coated variety. Common examples are the 80g Bonded copier papers, letterheads and compliment slips etc.
Blue – Back
For large format posters and billboards.
Digital ‘Laser’ Printing
Digital printing refers to methods of printing from a digital-based image directly to a variety of media.It usually refers to professional printing where small-run jobs from single item to a maximum of 1,000, this being dependent upon size which varies for each product, from a small business card to A3 brochures or posters being the largest size for this method of print, a further variable being the material weight of paper or board.
This method is known as on-demand printing, offering a shorter turnaround time and even a modification of the image (variable data) used for each impression which is becoming an ever popular method of consumer marketing.
Modern lithography is where an image is made of a polymer coating or more often laser etch to a flexible aluminium plate. The image can be printed directly from the plate (reverse image orientation), or as it is more common, offset, by transferring the image onto a flexible rubber sheet for printing and publication for everyday flyers, leaflets, brochure, folder and many more items.
Lithography uses simple chemical processes to create an image, the positive part of an image is a water-repelling ‘hydrophobi’ substance, while the negative image would be water-retaining ‘hydrophilic’. Therefore, when the plate is introduced to a compatible printing ink and water mixture, the ink will adhere to the positive image and the water will clean the negative image. This allows a flat print plate to be used, enabling much longer and more detailed print runs when compared to the digital laser method.
Digital Laser Printing v Lithographic Printing
The largest difference between digital laser and the traditional lithographic method is that there is not need to replace printing plates in digital printing, whereas in analog printing the aluminium plates are repeatedly replaced. Also, Digital Printing results in a faster turnaround time with the resultant lower cost, but typically a loss of fine-image detail and definition when compared to the Lithographic printing process.
Digital Printing uses a toner onto a wide variety of substrates including paper, photo-paper, canvas and other substrates. In this process the toner does not permeate the substrate, as does conventional lithographic ink, but forms a thin layer on the surface that may be additionally adhered to the substrate by using a fuser fluit with heat process.
Wide Format ‘Inkjet’ Printing
The inkjet method of printing compared to the vector rendering plotter’ are generally regarded as being any printer with a print width of between 400 millimetre to 2500 millimetres which is often referred to as Super-Wide format.
These inkjet printers are used to produce Banners, Posters and generally Signage products e.g. Window Graphics, Transparencies, Backlight Film, Canvas & Vinyl. The wide-format inkjet printers generally use a roll of print material rather than an individual sheet and often incorporate hot-air dryers to prevent print from sticking together as they are produced.
These machines are used in conjunction with other finishing machiner to allow for Lamination and Encapsulation of the product to protect against prevailing weather conditions as well as durability agains UV sunlight.
This is commonly known in the printing industry as (No Carbon Required) or “Carbonless Paper”. NCR paper is made up of one or more sheets of paper which are coated with very tiny micro-encapsulated dye or ink droplets and reactive clay that enables transfer to the surface of another page. This material is commonly used as Invoice Pads, Receipts, Bills etc and have replaced the need for the blue carbon paper.
2 Part NCR – Top White / Bottom-Tinked
3 part NCR – Top White / Middle-Tinted / Bottom-Tinked
Heavy weight. White vinyl for large format exterior banners etc.
Clear / White Vinyl
For window displays and posters. Can be frosted or clear with colour graphics.
Folding Box Board
This is a versatile and adaptable material, an ideal solution form many applications. These include cosmetic, chocolate and confectionery, medical and healthcare, toiletries, dry foods, frozen and chilled foods, tea and coffee, biscuits, baked goods, clothing, toys, games and photographic products to name a few.
Can be single or multi-ply, coated or uncoated. It can be made from virgin and/or recovered/recycled material. It has good folding properties, stiffness and creasing/scoring ability. It can be printed using litho or screen processes and even used in conjunction with other materials. Folding Box Board can also be coated by laminating to finish.
Litho printed board can be combined with laminated finish
Die cut and creased, glued or interlocked folders/tentcards/boxes/sleeves etc
Lighweight yet rigid; usual applications as outer packaging or display
A cost effective solution in any volume