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Thermography – A printing process where the ink is raised on the paper. #Thermography


Thermography printing, also known as raised printing, is a printing technique that creates a raised or embossed effect on printed text or images. It involves using a special powder, called thermographic powder, which is applied to the paper before the ink is printed.

Full Color Printing was very expensive, now it has come down in price, but before that a lot of printed stuff, mostly business cards were printed with raised type, known as thermography printing.

Thermography - A printing process where the ink is raised on the paper. #Thermography
Thermography machine

See video below!

Thermographic printing uses a special ink, on an offset printing press similar to a AB Dick. Then a powder like resin is applied, on a special equipment, that is heated and causing the printed area to puff up, to raise on the surface of the paper.

Thermography - A printing process where the ink is raised on the paper. #Thermography
resin powder

That raised printing gave it a 3D like feel effect.

Thermography - A printing process where the ink is raised on the paper. #Thermography
Sample of raised ink (thermography printing) on a wedding invite I created using clipart

Often used in

Thermography printing is often used for wedding invitations, business cards, letterheads, and other high-end printed materials. It can be done in a range of colors and styles, making it a popular choice for adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to printed materials. However, it is important to note that thermography printing can be more expensive than other printing methods due to the additional materials and equipment required.

  1. Business Cards
  2. Diplomas
  3. Gift Wrap
  4. Greeting Cards
  5. Stationary
  6. Note Cards
  7. Wedding Invitations

The printing process begins by applying ink to the paper using traditional printing methods such as offset, letterpress or digital printing. Once the ink has been applied, the thermographic powder is sprinkled on top of the wet ink. The paper is then heated using a special machine, causing the thermographic powder to melt and rise, creating a raised, three-dimensional effect.

The process works by using a combination of heat and pressure to melt the thermographic powder and create the raised effect. The result is a print that has a tactile quality, making it visually appealing and easy to read.

Thermography (raised letters) after printing while ink still wet this is how you get raised ink (thermography printing) #thermography #thermographyprinting #raisedtype #raisedink

Video of thermography process to make raised ink

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Steve is graphic designer who works at a print shop. He has been in graphic design since high school and continued on to get an Associates of Applied Science degree in graphic design too. He has since worked mostly in advertising design for various newspapers and shoppers. He has also worked for a couple sign companies. He currently works at a print shop. Steve has over 30 lifetime years of graphic design.
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