Printing of Letters

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In today’s Store Management’s class, we will be learning about Printing of Letters

Printing of Letters

printing of letters

As much as writing letters is considered important, an efficient way to get the letter presentable in a formal way is by printing it. Imagine submitting a handwritten letter to a foreign organization to support your dream of having a business. Sometimes it could be you trying to get a scholarship. You would rather type your letter of purpose using a computer before sending so the school could print if needed. 

In this era of technology, whether it is printing of letters, manuscripts or any piece of writing, going the digital way is widely preferred. Printing of letters has also benefited a number of people considering the fact that if your handwriting isn’t clear enough, the computer types your words without any question of clarity. 

There is a wide variety of technologies that are used to print letters, magazines, books, newspapers, stationery, posters, packaging, and other print products. The main industrial printing processes are:

  • Offset

In offset lithography, a printing plate, which is most often made from aluminum, contains an image of the content that needs to be printed. When the plate is inked, only this image part holds ink. That inked image is subsequently transferred (or offset) from the plate to a rubber blanket and then to the printing surface. The process can be used to print on paper, cardboard, plastic, or other materials, but these have to have a flat surface.

Offset is nowadays the most widely used printing technique for an extensive range of products such as books, newspapers, stationery, corrugated board, posters, and so on.

  • Flexo

In flexography, the content that needs to be printed is on a relief of a printing plate, which is made from rubber. This plate is inked and that inked image is subsequently transferred to the printing surface.  The process can be used to print on paper as well as plastics, metals, cellophane, and other materials. Flexo is mainly used for packaging and labels and to a lesser extent also for newspapers.

Some packaging printing is moving from flexo to digital.

  • Digital printing

Digital printing can be done in various ways. Two technologies dominate the industry:

  • Inkjet – In an inkjet printer, the image that needs to be printed is created by small droplets of ink that are propelled from the nozzles of one or more print heads. Inkjet devices can print on a wide range of substrates such as paper, plastic, canvas, or even doors and floor tiles. Inkjet printing is used a lot for posters and signage. It is also economical for short-run publications such as photo books or small runs of books. In-line inkjet printers are sometimes combined with other types of presses to print variable data, such as the mailing addresses on direct mail pieces. 
  • Screen Printing

As its name implies, this printing technique relies on a screen, which is a woven piece of fabric. Certain areas of this mesh are coated with a non-permeable material. In the remaining open spaces, ink can be pushed through the mesh onto a substrate. The advantage of screen printing is that the surface of the recipient does not have to be flat and that the ink can adhere to a wide range of materials, such as paper, textiles, glass, ceramics, wood, and metal.

  • Thermography – This is more of a finishing process than an actual printing process. It produces raised lettering on the printed side of the paper and is mostly used for weddings.

In summary, whether it is printing of letters, manuscripts or any piece of writing, going the digital way is widely preferred. Printing of letters has also benefited a number of people considering the fact that if your handwriting isn’t clear enough, the computer types your words without any question of clarity. 

Evaluation

Give five importance to Printing of Letters. 

 

Reading Assignment

Explain the processes involved in Digital Printing

 

Weekend Assignment

List five examples of letters that can be printed. 

 

We hope you enjoyed today’s class. In our next class, we will be talking about  Text Formatting.

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