How Comics are Printed: Comics have been a beloved form of storytelling for generations, capturing the hearts and minds of readers of all ages.
In offset printing, the image to be printed is first transferred onto a plate, which is then used to transfer the ink onto a rubber blanket.
Instead of using plates, like in offset printing, digital printing uses toner or inkjet technology to transfer the image onto the paper.
The stencil, which is typically made of a fine mesh, is placed on top of the paper and ink is pushed through the open areas of the stencil with a squeegee.
Letterpress printing is a form of relief printing, where the image to be printed is raised above the surface of the plate.
Gravure printing, also known as intaglio printing, is a method where an image is etched into a plate, typically made of copper or steel.
Flexography, also known as “flexo,” is a type of relief printing that uses a flexible plate, typically made of rubber or polymer, to transfer ink onto the paper.
Embossing is a process where a die, which is a metal plate with a raised image, is used to press the image into the paper, creating a raised effect.
Thermography is a process where a special powder is added to wet ink, which is then heated to create a raised effect.
Spot UV is a process where a clear ultraviolet (UV) coating is applied to certain areas of the comic, typically in a pattern or design, to create a glossy effect.
Foil stamping is a process where a metallic or pigment foil is applied to the comic using heat and pressure.