Ideal for printing fine detail, gradients, photography, and vibrant colors. This process can be used to print on a variety flexible surfaces like paper, plastic, and metal.
Also known as
Litho, Offset Printing

What is lithography?

Lithography is often used for printing on flexible paper, for collateral, publications, and folding cartons. It’s the go-to for higher quantities of printed collateral and publications. It is best for printing intricate designs, small fonts, and photorealistic images.

It can be used for corrugated boxes, but not as a direct print method like flexography. To print corrugated boxes with lithography, first a single layer of paper is printed, then it’s mounted to corrugated board. This means there are more material options available when printing litho on corrugated, including substrates with a glossy finish. It is one way to achieve a glossy finish on corrugated board. Alternatively, you could print directly on Kemi. Printing litho on corrugated requires several more steps than direct print, which is part of the reason it can have a higher setup cost than flexography.

Why choose it?

  • Metal print plates can capture finer details, smaller text, and photography.

  • Can be accurately color-matched to Pantone colors

  • Print plates are relatively inexpensive

  • Multiple substrate options with a variety of finishes available.

Why not choose it?

  • Can only be used on flexible materials, like paper and paperboard.

  • Uses oil-based inks

  • Printing litho on corrugated has an increased setup cost because it requires several more steps than direct print.

Examples of items that use lithography