There are several different printing types available to creators today – posters, fine art images, billboards, magazines, and so much more! Printing has a long history of revolutionizing how ideas are transferred and distributed, and despite the digital boom, it’s still going strong today. Here we are highlighting three printing types that we find to be the most popular within the industry and businesses we serve…

  1. Screen Printing
    Used for: apparel, textiles, posters
    Pros: reusable, high quality of output, versatile technique, durable method
    Cons: limited color options, requires specialist equipmentThe screen printing industry is diverse and filled with community and remains a popular way to transfer designs onto fabrics. Although fabric is the most typical surface that is used in screen printing, it is also possible to print onto paper, metal, plastic, glass, and wood.The most basic screen printing method involves making a stencil on a mesh screen, then pushing paint or ink through that stencil to create the imprint of your design onto the surface of the chosen material. Any designs that are created with the screen printing method can use multiple shades of ink. However, with a multi-colored design, it is necessary to apply each individual color with a separate stencil.
  2. Digital Printing
    Used for: desktop publishing, photos, advertising, stationery
    Pros: low cost, good for short runs, quick turnaround, easy to create multiple colors
    Cons: does not scale to large print runs economically, not as sustainabilityUnlike traditional methods including lithography and offset, digital printing doesn’t require a printing plate. Instead, the desired image is digitized to control the distribution of ink, toner, and exposure. One of the biggest advantages is the customization it offers, as well as the price point making, it easier to bring your ideas to life.
  3. Large Format Printing
    Used for: window and wall posters, store displays, event announcements, promotional signage
    Pros: grabs attention from afar, good for short runs, quick turnaround, creates less waste
    Cons: requires the exact right kind of ink to look right, limited flexibility in its capabilitiesSupersize me! This is a printing type that is too large to be printed on the most readily available sizes of commercial printing presses. Sometimes called wide-format printing or grand-format printing, large format printing requires the use of specialty production equipment that can accommodate bigger-than-normal print dimensions.

Experience Unique Printing Types with Davant

Different printing types have a unique ability to trigger many senses – the feeling of the paper, the textiles they go on, the smell of the ink, the visual stimulation. All of these senses have an after effect on people; they remember it because they physically felt it in their hands. We can make sure your printing projects leave this kind of lasting impression on your customers, too! Let’s get started: (317) 849-6565

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