A whole lotta litho

Faking your way through fancy print industry jargon isn’t easy. If the term lithography, or litho for short, is something you can’t quite get your head around, find out what it means and most importantly, what it can do for you - after all, we have free delivery on litho print quantities for the whole of November.


What is lithography?

Lithography is a process of printing from a flat surface which is treated to repel the ink where it is required for printing. Typically, a printing plate with a relief image is dampened with water and then coated in ink, so that the ink will only stick to parts of the plate not wet with the water. The printing plate is then fixed to a roller and the image or copy is transferred onto the paper fed underneath the roller. With off-set lithography the image is transferred directly onto the rubber roller, so the paper doesn’t contact the plate. 


What's the history?

Litho print has a rich history, with the term ‘lithography’ originating from the ancient Greek word ‘lithos’, which means stone, and ‘graphein’, which means to write. Lithographic printing came from very humble 18th century beginnings, invented in 1796 by German author and actor Alois Senefelder as a cheap way to create theatre publications. Printing was originally achieved using a rudimentary system of wetting or inking limestone to get a printed relief.


How is it different to digital printing?

Digital printing is just a tad younger than its old pal, bursting onto the printing scene in the 1990’s. Digital printing involves transforming images into a matrix of pixels (dots) which are used to control the distribution of ink evenly to create the printed image. This type of printing technique is more suited to fast turnaround time print and lower volumes.


Why would litho print be right for me?

Lithography is best for big print runs because once the plates have been made, actually creating the prints is pretty cheap and easyLong-run print jobs, such as leaflets and flyers, letterheads, hefty brochures, packaging, books etc., are more cost effective when printing this way.  


How can I order litho print?

This season is perfect for putting large, litho quantities to work, and lucky for you we have free delivery on large print quantities. So stock up on your stationery, print your Christmas promo and even give your brochures a festive twist, because we’ll deliver them for FREE

Use our quick-look tables to see what quantities ‘litho’ starts at. To get your free delivery, check the minimum order quantities for your chosen product and size, then make sure your order meets or exceeds that amount. Easy!


View the tables here:

Don’t forget to enter the promo code GO-LARGE at the checkout to get your saving!

P.S. The promo code will only work in shopping baskets that contain litho quantity orders, so steer clear of adding digital print products into your basket. You’ll need a separate basket for that! 

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16 Nov 2016 13:10
I'd no idea what litho printing was - very interesting
16 Nov 2016 19:33
An interesting read - thank you.
24 Nov 2016 08:53
very informative
Katherine Larcombe
19 May 2017 20:31
A very interesting read! Thanks

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