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What is Litho Printing?

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What is Litho Printing?

Here at Lazerpics in Newton Abbot we pride ourselves on being very knowledgeable and helpful in the printing trade. Today I am going to explain everything that you need to know about litho printing. In Litho Printing which is also referred to as, Planographic printing, planography, lithographic or lithography the printing works on a principle that the oil and water do not mix, unlike relief and intaglio printing where the image and non-image are on different levels, in Litho Printing the print is printed onto once surface.

What Is Litho Printing?

In relief printing the image are is raised and the non image area forms the base structure of the print, but in litho printing the image area and the non image are are on the same level creating a printing surface that is flat. In Litho Printing a flat stone is used in a manner that the image area attracts the oil based inks and the no-image area repels the oil based inks.  Where the treated stone is pressed against the surface to be printed, the ink leaves the desired printed design.

Lithography was originally based on the miscibility of oil and water, the stone that was used in the process was limestone (most recently a metal plate is used).  The process was invented in 1796 by a German author & actor called Alois Senedelder and was used as a cheap method of publishing theatrical works. It originally used an oil, fat or wax image that was drawn onto a flat limestone plate, stone/plate was then treated with a mixture of gum and acid and as such would etch the parts of the stone that were not treated. When the stone/plate was moistened the etched areas would retain water.  This meant that you could then apply an oil based ink that would be repelled by the water, sticking only to the original drawing. Then the ink would finally be transferred to paper, producing a printed page.

Lithography if one of the few printing processes that are used as both commercially and as an art form. Litho Printing is very popular with art students because of its simplicity. Lithography is the most recent form of major commercial printing. This printing process has many applications and most artists use litho to express their creativity. Lithography has come along way over the years and stones have been replaced by metal plates created a better finish to the process.

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About the Author:

After working in the design industry for over a decade Dave has become quite the accomplished designer. Working on a range of different design jobs in a range of different programs. He is our go to guy for any graphic design or web design. With over 11 years experience in the design industry David has become quite the established designer and is more that willing to help with your questions.