Engraving

Advantages

Engraving expresses the highest degree of professionalism, differentiates your business from poseurs, and achieve archival life and security requirements. Opaque engraving ink holds well on dark stock and has the ability to hold very fine type. Engraving also may be the most environmentally friendly print process due to the use of water-based inks and recyclable materials.

Limitations

  • Consider bruise on back
  • One color per press pass
  • 5" x 9" image area per pass
  • Solid ink areas may have screens or appear "cakey".

Process

  • Pre Press: Copper plates exposed by film and etched with acid
  • On Press: Water-based ink applied directly onto paper
  • Post Press: Wash up with water - Copper engraving dies recycled - Acid and film chemicals hauled away by certified waste hauler
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