How printing evolved through the ages!
“Call us biased if you want, but printing is evergreen!”
The process of printing dates back 400 years from today. The first kind of prints to be developed were label prints, book prints, letter and seal prints using pressure and image-cut wooden blocks. Then with time, wood started getting replaced by metal for a cleaner finish and better precision. Printing is the mother of all media as it has been the only means of communicating culture and religion for a very long time.
Woodblock Printing- A special type of printing that used a wooden block upon which designs were crafted and ink was used to get prints.
Movable Type- this technique allowed individual letters to be configured and placed together in any order.
The Printing Press- Johann Gutenberg invented the Printing Press, an innovative method that was built on techniques such as Movable Type, but consolidated into one hand-operated device. It rapidly increased the speed of producing printed materials.
Lithography- It is a technique which is still commonly used today. It revolves around the relationship between oil and water, which repel each other.
The Rotary Press- Invented by Richard March Hoe, It worked by using cylinders which the images to be printed were curved around. This was a lot faster than the older printing press and allowed for paper to be continuously fed through the press.
Offset Printing- It works by transferring the inked from a plate to a rubber blanket and then to the printing surface.
Screen Printing- The technique involves pushing ink through a mesh stencil onto textiles or paper.
Inkjet Printing- Direct contact with paper is no longer required due to this process of printing. Ink can now be applied by spraying it through jets.
Laser Printing- This advanced method produces high quality images by passing a laser beam back and forth over a negatively charged cylinder within the printer. It then collects electrically charged powdered ink to transfer the image to the paper.
Digital Printing- Finally, the dawn of the most modern era of printing. Digital Printing made it possible to print anything straight from a digital file.