The art of print engraving has endured for centuries due to the distinctive and lasting impression it renders. This highly specialized print process is an intaglio printing technique that is achieved by cutting groves into the surface of a copper, or similar metal plate, then applying ink and pressure to transfer an image. The resulting impression from print engraving is a distinct slightly raised reproduction that no other print process can replicate.
Our team of craftsmen has been producing engraved print for decades. Each printed piece is hand fed into a traditional engraving press and carefully stamped. These industrial machines are veterans to the print process as they ink and press each sheet with intricacy. The pressure of engraving creates a mark of quality on the back of each piece know as a “bruise”. These marks can be left in their genuine nature or covered by double mounted sheets for a more contemporary style.
Engraved Stationery –Letterhead and Envelopes for Law Firms and Corporations
High sought after for its prestigious look and feel, GSB Digital often produces engraved stationery for the legal profession and other bureaucratic and financial corporations. Print engraving cannot be reproduced on a laser printer and this authenticity is one reason why many clients choose to use this particular print process. Common engraved stationery pieces include letterhead, No. 10 envelopes, continuation sheets, blotter cards and business cards.
Engraved Announcements, Greeting Cards and Invitations
The beauty of engraving is often reserved for more formal pieces, as the price and style lends itself to more formal occasions. Engraved invitations are perfect for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and fundraising galas. The visual and tactile elements of print engraving communicate to a recipient that your affair represents one of class and quality. The same is true for business when engraving is utilize for simple marketing collateral. It is yet another way to add distinction to your printed pieces and your brand.
Engraved Wedding Invitation Suite
Skyline Greeting Card in Copper Ink
Engraved Save The Date on Blue Paper
Personal Engraved Stationery Cards
Engraved invitations can be quoted with additionally print method, embossing, foil stamping and crossover print applications.
Additional Print Engraving Product Ideas
- Personalized Stationery
- Jotter Cards
- Menu Cards
- Holiday Cards
- Presentation Folders
Benefits of Print Engraving:
- Engraving is great at holding fine type and detail while maintaining a clean crisp line.
- Engraving Inks are opaque. They are one of the only print process that allow for light colored, metallics and white inks to print on dark stocks.
- Metallic inks maintain a high shine and brightness when used in engraving.
- A wide variety of substrates and finishes can be used with engraving from fine vellum to heavy chipboard.
- Engraving produces a raised tactile feel, which is scientifically proven to increase response rates.
- Engraving can be combined with many other printing processes.
Limitations of Print Engraving:
- Engraving projects requires a longer turn-around times than some other printing methods. This is due to the creation of the metal plate, the hand fed production and the drying time required for this process.
- Engraving is best used with fine lines and typefaces. The process does not handle large solids over .25″ square well. The resulting image tends to puddle up creating an undesirable textured look.
- The maximum image area for engraving is 5″x9″. The final size of your print can be much larger, however the inked area must remain inside this size restriction.
- Two-sided pieces should be avoided. The process of engraving creates “bruising” on the backside of print, which would conflict with the artwork on a double-sided piece.
- Engraving tends to work better when you have simple artwork that does not go beyond two colors. Each color is printed one at a time and multiple colors add more time and cost to a project.