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Printing is a process (or an art) in which an image is reproduced on a surface, such as paper.
There are five general classes of printing processes:
|Relief||Letterpress and Flexography|
|Planography||Offset lithography, Screenless lithography, Collotype, and Waterless offset|
|Intaglio||Gravure, Steel-die, and Copper-plate engraving|
|Screen||Stencil and Silk-screen|
|Digital||Electro-photography, Magnetography, Ionography, Thermography and Ink-jet|
Comparison : Printing Processes
|Impact / Non-impact & Master||Impact,Needs an Image Carrier||Impact,Needs an Image Carrier||Impact,Needs an Image Carrier||Impact,Needs an Image Carrier`||Non-impact, No need of an Image Carrier|
|Application||Publication Printing||Package Printing||Package Printing||Stationeries||Proof Prints|
|Run Length||High||Very High||Very High||Low||Low|
|Quality||Very good quality||Good Quality||Moderate Quality||Low Quality||High Quality|
|Color||4 units, but can have up to 6/7 units||Up to 12 units||Up to 8 units||Max. 2/3 units, print metallic colors best||4 units|
|Speed||High||Very High||High||Very Low||Moderate|
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