Digital printing refers to when a computer design file, usually a pdf is sent to the printer and then the printer prints toner onto paper using the CMYK process colours. This is a cost effective method for small run printing and perfect for invitations were quantities are low. At Agapi we use a special colour management and calibration software that measures colour and keeps colour accurate right through the whole job. Advantage of this type of printing is that invitations and envelopes can be personalised as there are no plates required to do the job. Agapi now offers white ink printing which allows the possiblity to print on dark coloured paper and evelopes.
This is the process where pigment or metallic foil is applied to paper using a heated die plate that is stamped into the foil, making it adhere to the paper, leaving a slightly debossed design impression of of the die. Foil Stamping adds the right amount of luxury to any wedding invitation design.
HEAT TRANSFER FOILING
This is the method of transferring metallic foiling to artwork that has been printed using a digital printer. Heat is used to transfer the foil to the area that has been printed causing it to fuse to the toner. The results are a smooth finish. This is a very inexpensive way of glamming up your wedding stationery as no plates are required.
There are two stages in this process. One, the foil stamping is carried out. Then same area is then embossed with the same die to raise the design area. Resulting in a stunning 3d effect. This is one of the most expensive processes but one that gives a truly ravishing result.
Letterpress is the traditional method of relief printing dating back to the 15th century. Photopolymer plates with the raised design are locked into the chase of the letterpress machine. The plate is inked and then stamped into the paper to transfer the ink and the impression. One colour is done at a time and a different plate is needed for each colour. Although labour intense, purely worth it as the effect is truly impressive.