Print processes: lithographic printing

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This article explains the principles and workings of the offset lithographic printing process, as used in the label industry, and features both conventional offset and waterless offset printing. 

HISTORICAL EVOLUTION

The word 'lithograph' historically means ‘print from stone.’ Developed as an economic means of reproducing artwork, lithography used printing stones produced from limestone, benefiting from their flat, porous surface on to which a greasy image was created and water applied to the stone to produce the print and non-print areas.

John Morton

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John has hands-on experience of all the major printing processes and has held operational and technical development roles at director level in the packaging sector. A qualified printer, John’s career spans magazine production, commercial print, packaging and label production.

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Robert Shimmin

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert has held senior marketing and business development positions in the print, packaging and label sector spanning more than 20 years.  He is a regular contributor of articles to the print and packaging trade press and has supported initiatives that seek to build awareness of the latest resear

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