Lithography, or Offset PrintingThis is a standard technique used for most printed material. Maps, books, sheet music, the sky's the limit! An inked image is transferred (or "offset") from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process (which is based on the repulsion of oil and water) the offset technique employs a flat image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film, keeping the non-printing areas ink-free. Neat, huh? I think so!
This process allows for the most flexibility in color palette and design. A smart and well executed design can make offset invites look even more beautiful. The Wiley Valentine design team uses a combination of offset printing and letterpress grade papers to achieve stunning design. Offset printing is best left to commercial printers and design professionals.
Lithography is the least expensive printing technique and has the fastest turnaround. You'll have to check with your designer and/or printer to get the exact lead time, but I've seen some come in under two weeks.
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