Thermographic Printing at Southside Print, London Bridge

Thermographic printing in London Bridge

Thermographic printing, or ‘thermo’ printing as it’s also known in the trade, is a useful technique to embellish your printing and make it stand out – figuratively as well as literally speaking to some degree. Here we’ll take a look at the process and how it can be used here at Southside Print in London SE1.

The thermo process

Thermography is, to some extent, more of ‘finishing’ process as it’s completed after the coloured inks have already been printed on the paper or card. While the inks are still wet, a thermographic powder is applied to the paper and it sticks to the wet ink. Any excess is quickly removed and then the dusted sheets are passed through a heating process. This melts the themographic powder into its final form. Once melted, set and cooled, it forms an attractive coating to just the printed parts of the sheet.

Thermographic printing is great for brochuresThe effect of thermo printing

The new thermo coating is like a spot printed glossy varnish that actually has a thickness to it. This is why thermographically printed elements on the paper feel raised if you run your finger over them. While it’s not as crisp as embossing or UV varnishing, it is an interesting and slightly organic effect and one that is quite different to embossing in reality. As well as being raised, it makes the printed areas glossy, allowing the them to catch the light at certain angles. It’s also useful to note that thermo printing is a significantly cheaper alternative to spot UV varnishing.

Thermo printing is a significantly cheaper alternative to spot UV varnishing

Uses

Thermo printing is quite a well-established, traditional process but, when used well by talented graphic designers, can look incredibly attractive and contemporary. The thermographic powder/seal is transparent, so it lets the colour of the underlying printing ink show through. Because of that, it actually looks like the thermographically printing itself is coloured. So, for example, if your logo on a letterhead consists of black type for the company name and a big red square for the logo symbol, it’ll look like those two coloured elements are thermographically ‘printed’ and each of them will be glossy and slightly raised. Thermo printing also has a slightly organic feel about it as mentioned above, by which we mean that it has a slightly mottled, in-exact outer edge and the glossy ‘seal’ feels hard and glassy — almost jewel-like. This can really contrast well against the matt paper it is printed onto. Thermographic printing works well on anything from business cards, letterheads and invitations to Read more

Digital & Thermo Printing for Barberini Fashion

Digital & thermographic printing for Barberini FashionSouthside Print London Bridge has recently produced digitally printed posters, mounted to foamex, for Barberini Fashion. Business cards were also printed in black and white using a thermographical process for the SE1 business.

Thermographic (‘thermo’) printing

Thermo printing is another printing service offered by Southside Print and the process results in a slightly raised, textured and usually high gloss finish to the areas which have been printed. The printing technique is an inexpensive way to raise the level of type or graphics on the surface of a printed sheet without going to the expense of embossing. The result often has an ‘orange peel’ kind of texture, which is most commonly high gloss. The thermographic process itself involves sprinkling powdered resin onto the still-wet printing ink, which results in the powder sticking to only those parts of the paper or card which have been printed. The sheet is then passed through a heater unit which melts the powder and fuses it to the printed areas, resulting in the innovative finish. The process if often used on things like greetings cards, stationery and invitations and has even been known to print Braille text, due to its raised nature.

About Barberini Fashion, Borough SE1

Barberini Fashion’s stunning showroom and headquarters is located just around the corner from Southside Print’s London Bridge centre. Based in Vine Yard in Borough, SE1, an area which is buzzing with fashion and culture, Barberini are fashion sales agents and distributors of high-end, contemporary womenswear and fashion accessories which they distribute to the UK and Europe. As well as supplying large department stores like Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdales, online retailers like ASOS and various independent stores, their services include the promotion of brands via PR activity, regular exposure in leading fashion magazines and through key trade events in London and Paris. Barberini have, in fact, just returned from such an event as part of Paris Fashion Week.

Barberini’s impressive portfolio of brands is hand-picked from talented designers from around the world — both up and coming and firmly established — focusing mainly on those from Europe and Australia. These currently include Read more