Thermography is known as the affordable alternative to engraved printing. In fact, many people will not be able to tell one from the other. The advantage of thermography is clearly in the sophisticated and classic look. Because of its inexpensive price tag, thermography is quickly becoming the choice for couples who are looking for classic, traditional print on their wedding invitations minus the costs of engraving.
Technique: In thermography, a combination of ink and resin-like powder undergo a process of heating. The fusion of the materials creates the impression of raised letters. Because this technique is not as rigorous as engraving, it can be done in a couple of days.
Appearance: While thermography is similar to engraving in that both have raised letters in the front, only engraving is indented in the back. Another difference is that thermography tends to give a smoother and glossier sheen to the print.
Works Best When:
- As in engraving, cotton fiber is a great paper for thermography print. Although you don’t need the strength of cotton fiber for thermography, the paper quality does blend well with this type of print.
- Stay away from shiny, glossy or pearlescent paper. Because the print of thermography is already shiny to begin with, the combination of the two will neither look classy nor reader-friendly.
- Your selection of colors is quite limited, because of the fusion of the ink and the powder. Getting the pastel hue that you want may take a while and a series and trial and error attempts.
- Because your options as to color hues are limited, you might want to limit this to embellishment and textual print. You don’t want to use this for full-color images, because the quality might not turn out as well as you hope.