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Relief Printing

The printing plates have raised surfaces, not the printed image


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In relief printing the image to be transferred to paper (or other surface) is raised above the surface of the printing plate. Ink is applied to the raised surface then rolled or stamped onto the substrate. The relief printing process is similiar to using an inkpad and stamp such as in rubberstamping.

Flexography and letterpress are forms of relief printing.

Although the image to be printed is raised on the printing plate, relief printing does not necessarily create relief or raised lettering such as found in embossing and thermography.

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Flexography relief printing is typically used for paper and plastic packaging including bags, milk cartons, and food wrappers. Sometimes envelopes, labels, and even newspapers use flexography.

Letterpress relief printing is used for some newspapers,limited edition prints, business cards, letterhead, wedding invitations, birth announcements, and posters.

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