Printing 101 - thermo engraving

Here are my best tips when it comes to thermo engraving: 1. This medium is printed on a classic printing press. Once printed, a salt like powder is applied to each print and then it goes through a baking process - which gives it a wet raised ink look and feel. 2. Invented in the early 1900's. This form of printing was popular for wedding invites in the 1950's and 1960's. This was most likely the print medium your grand parents and even your parents used for their wedding invitations. 3. If you're the ultra simple, urban or traditional bride. And require a higher quantity of invitation sets you might want to consider this form of printing. 4. I always make sure all fine elements such as fonts, monograms and custom graphics have an thicker outline. This adds substance, making the raised ink look even more noticeable. 5. Get your return and reply addresses printed on your envelopes. It's consistent and adds a great finishing touch. 6. Only 1 or 2 colours can be accommodated with this print medium. 7. Each colour needs to be set up as 100% of a PANTONE colour. Lighter colours or watermarks can be done, this would then be added as a second colour. 8. PANTONE colours are an agreed, industry standard set of colours that can be matched accurately by all printers. They are identified as a series of numbers. You simply reference to PANTONE 2985 instead of Sky Blue. This helps a great deal as one person's idea of what Sky Blue may be very different to another person, but with a number you can refer to the chart and you know exactly what you are getting. 9. Plates of your custom design will get produced and then set up on the printing press in order to imprint your wedding design. Each plate accommodates 1 colour. 10. This print medium is costed out per job, rather than per print.