a mechanized form of block printing. Instead of using flat blocks, the design is engraved on rollers or cylinders. The raised area of the cylinder prints the ink, much like a rubber stamp. Most surface printing machines can print twelve colors, with each cylinder printing a different color. Surface printing is beautiful and very recognizable - the inks are thicker than most printing processes and often appear to be hand painted. This process adds an historical quality because it simulates the look of block printing - the oldest form of printing for wallcovering.
similar to Gravure printing, but uses aluminum magnesium alloy cylinders; amount of ink laid is much thicker and has a raised printing surface; less durable than gravure; used mostly on higher-end brands and more expensive.
Printing on the outside surface of a package as opposed to one of the inside surfaces (see “reverse printing”).
a stamp that was printed from the surface of the plate to the stamp paper, as opposed to intaglio, which prints from recesses in the plate, and typography, which prints from raised areas on the plate. Surface printed stamps usually have a smooth, solid look and feel.
A printing method utilizing a raised printing surface. Patterns have a raised look on the paper and the finished product resembles an oil painting.
a printing technique where the ink is transferred to paper from a flat surface. common types of surface printing are lithography and offset. also known as planography.
Printing that puts ink on the top of the substrate. Viewed from the printed side.