The History of Print …continued


It was not until the early eighteenth century that the printing on a soot surface became possible by lithography which made use of a chemical process to create prints of an image or text. Instead of using the stone tablets, it was now possible to use flexible aluminum, polyester, mylar or paper printing plates. The very next step to lithography was chemolithography that became a very appreciated and successful color printing medium in the 19th century. Initially it made use of various lithographic stones for different colors and producing best results required a lot of skilled workers as well as expenses. Screenprinting and flexography then followed after which came the greatest invention of all, the photocopier.


A photocopier was introduced in 1960s by Xerox which resulted in the quality of printing, unparalleled to all those that have been introduced before. After this, the advancement of technology speed up the process of printing development and thermal and laser printing came in almost no time in 1979. Digital printing as well as 3D printing is what we have at your disposal currently, allowing the exact production of digital images on wide variety of mediums in film, cloth, plastic, vinyl, magnets, labels etc.

So that was a brief history lesson in the world of Print. If you would like to hear more about this, please let us know.

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