Offset Printing (Flat Printing)
Oconee Printing specializes in high quality offset printing. This process is often called flat printing. In offset printing, the ink appears to lay flat atop the paper and is produced by a metal, polyester, or paper plate that absorbs the ink, hung on the press, and transfers the print onto paper through rollers. There are many options of paper that can be used on the offset press, from thin to thick, cotton to linen, black to white. Offset printing is the ideal choice for high volume runs.
Oconee Printing uses one of the highest quality digital printing presses available. The digital press delivers high resolution digital color that is similar to offset printing (flat printing) with bright, long-lasting colors, but uses toner instead of mixing ink colors and plates. Digital printing is the latest technology in the color printing industry offering high quality, but cheaper options for lower quantities and full color jobs.
Thermography (Raised Printing)
Oconee Printing is the only printing company in our area that offers thermography in house. Thermography is used after the sheets are ran through the offset press and the printed sheets coming off the press pass through a powder application, where resin is applied to the wet ink. The resin is then removed from all areas, except where it adheres to the wet ink by a vacuum. Then the paper is heated, causing the resin to melt and fuse to the ink. Since there is less manual labor required, thermography is a much more cost effective solution for raised printing than engraving.
Letterpress (Impressed into the paper)
The oldest printing process dating back to 1450, it is very time-consuming compared to more modern processes. Metal type is set into a frame, which is put into a press and produces a matte ink design or lettering that is sharply impressed in the paper rather than raised. Because the letterpress does not touch the surface of the paper, letterpress can use soft, embossed or highly-textured papers. Letterpress designs are often simple yet elegant designs with a distinct look and feel.
A die is created and pressed against a special kind of foil that transfers the design onto paper, under heat and pressure. Foil stamping can be combined with embossing to create a striking 3D image often used for logos, business cards, and formal invitations. Most commonly seen is gold and silver, but foil stamping can be done in all different colors.
This process creates a raised impression on a sheet of paper by pressing the paper between two heated metal dies. One die fits into the other mirror-image die like a lock and key. Embossing is also often referred to as "blind" embossing because the design is formed without ink or foil. Debossing is an image stamped onto paper without ink or foil and it appears indented.
Developed during the 1700s, engraving is a very classic and formal printing process creating a raised print similar to thermography but much more expensive. The paper is pressed against a metal plate, which causes the letters to be raised on the paper. You can feel each character when you run a finger across the back of the paper. The raised letters in a matte ink finish produces an indentation on the reverse side.