Litho printing has been in use for centuries and continues to evolve, with our ultra high definition litho printing offering more than double the lines per inch normally seen in sheet-fed printing.

Litho printing combines artistry and experience with vivid colours and clear prints for an overall effect that digital printing cannot exactly reproduce. It remains a popular option in prestigious industries like jewellery, fashion and automotive.

But what exactly is litho printing and how does it compare to digital printing? Here’s everything you need to know about this art form.

Origins of litho printing

Litho printing takes its name from the Ancient Greek ‘lithos’ meaning stone, and originally involved applying oil-based ink and water to a printing plate on which the design had been etched using acid.

The water would collect in the etched grooves of the design and repel the oil, so that when a sheet of paper was pressed against the plate, only the intended design would be transferred.

More recently this evolved into offset printing, in which the image is first transferred onto a rubber blanket. This process can be carried out at high speed and in large quantities, and is what you might imagine when you think of newspaper printing, for example.

Ultra high-definition litho printing

Our ultra-HD litho printing process brings the technology right up to date for the 21st century, more than 200 years since lithography was invented, and over a century since offset printing was invented.

Using modern and very precise methods, we are able to offer high-definition litho printing with line rates of more than double those normally seen.

The line rate is effectively the resolution of sheet-fed printing processes. Where normally this would be in the range of 130-175 lines per inch, our ultra-HD litho printing works at over twice that resolution for crystal clear images.

Litho printing vs. digital printing

We offer both digital printing and litho printing, and each is suited to different types of order. If you’re not sure, just ask and we can tell you which is the better method for what you need, and why.

Generally speaking, digital printing is suited to small runs and single prints, whereas litho printing can be better for larger quantities of identical prints produced at high speed.

Some of the key benefits of litho printing include:

  • Ability to produce many high-quality prints quickly.
  • Excellent colour consistency and vivid inks.
  • Ultra-HD litho printing offers double the resolution.

To find out more about our high-definition litho printing or digital printing services, contact the Taylor Bloxham Group today on 0116 234 2600 or email

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