Invitations are supposed to convey a message and make a favourable impression with the recipient. Besides having a wide range of designs and styles to choose from when choosing an invitation, you can also select the type of machine used to print them. Although home printers' output has improved considerably in quality, the highest-quality invitations are still produced by professional businesses or in specialised shops.
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Thermograph Printing Machines
Thermography is a printing process used for special invitations, such as those for a wedding, that have an appearance that resembles engraving. The printing machine mixes ink and a type of powder together using heat to give the lettering an engraved effect. Thermography doesn't require the long waiting period commonly associated with engraving. Printers use machines like the HP 15 for large-scale printing and the Tabletop "S" series for smaller-scale jobs.
Foil Stamping Printing Machines
Foil Stamping printing machines work by stamping a heated copper plate to the surface of a special material (the "foil.") Designs are etched on to the copper plate first using a film negative, so the process is comparable to etching. Because this process is so expensive that people mostly use it for very formal invitations. Printers commonly use printing machines like the NSF High Speed Foil Blocking Machine for this process.
Lithography Printing Machines
In lithography, print is transferred from a plate or cylinder to the paper. With this process, the printing machine creates a flat image, unlike unlike in the foil or thermography processes. The advantage of this process is that the printing machines can print on textured paper. The print colours are also quite exact, as they are mixed from either CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) or Pantone colours. The advantage of lithography printing is that it is cheaper than some of the other methods. Printing machines like the Heidelberg D146 Pro are used in modern lithography printing.
Digital Printing Machines
Digital printers provide one of the quickest and cheapest ways for printing invitations. They have the advantage of being able to print all colours of the spectrum without requiring a separate printing cycle for each colour, and unlike some of the other processes, you can make last-minute changes to the invitation before it is printed. With the improved quality of inkjet and laser printers, you can print invitations at home on your own equipment.
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