Techniques of Printing in China


It is a very big truth that the act of printing in China has come of age. This technology was invented in the ancient Chinese empire. But the goodness and value that China has offered the world of printing does not end there. We have also witnessed in the 20th century that China have taken a central stage again in the issue of printing. From the movable type printing, to the woodblock type, to the printing press, and many other new technologies, printing in China have always been offering the best in all ramifications.
The highpoint of this maybe is the fact that there are numerous special techniques that may not be found in other places. These techniques are used to give good printing solutions that satisfy the numerous need of the modern day man.
Hole Punching
This is one of the techniques, and in essence, it involves the drilling of holes of a specified size through an already finished and bound catalogue or other printed materials.
Embossing/De-bossing
This technique that is used for printing in China involves a process of die-stamping, which results in a raised or depressed surface on the substrate in question, and it is called an Emboss or a De-boss respectively. When it comes to embossing, it can be done even when there is no printing to highlight the affected area. Here it is called blind emboss. It can also be done as a complement to an already printed area, that is why you can witness situations where a logo is already printed on the surface before emboss comes.
Die-cut
Here, shapes are cut from the substrate, with the use of custom made die and a stamping machine
Hot foil stamp
In this technique of printing in China, a metallic foil is die-stamped on to a substrate of paper or any other type. When this is done, an imprinted logo, text or any other graphic device is left on the color, and the material of the metallic foil in question.
Perforation
Here, they make use of simple perforation to achieve great prints that will be very visible and beautiful. There are also situations where small holes are punched into a piece of paper, to make the printed or desired area easier to tear off. The level of ease in removing the perforated area depends on the amount of space between the openings.
Scoring
Printing in China also involves a technique called scoring, which means creating a crease in a straight line on the substrate. This allows for ease of folding.