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Lithosphere's Print Production Process

We have mentioned that printing is both a dirty business and one in which "printers" use the technical nature of the process to extract extra costs. Lithosphere's philosophy has always been to be very open about processes and costs involved. Clearly defining the roles, input and expectations of all the parties concerned.

The following diagram and list of pre-press, printing and finishing process serves to demonstrate our commitment to smoothly fulfilling our clients expectations and our experience in managing all aspects of the print production process.

Lithosphere Print Management Process

The Process in detail

Pre-press index:

  • Bar code supply
  • CAD/CAM facility
  • Colour scanning
  • Computer-to-plate
  • Data/disk conversion


  • Design
  • Desktop publishing
  • Electronic make-up
  • Engraving
  • Forme and diemaking


  • Litho platemaking
  • Proofing
  • Remote data transmission
  • Stochastic screening
  • Typesetting
Printing process:

  • Copperplate
  • Diestamping
  • Digital printing
  • Flexography
  • Gravure sheet
  • Gravure web


  • Ink-jet printing
  • Letterpress - sheet
  • Letterpress - web
  • Litho on plastic printing
  • Litho sheet-fed
  • Litho web - cold set


  • Litho web - heat set
  • On-demand B/W publishing
  • Screen printing
  • Shortrun digital colour printing
  • Thermography
  • Variable data printing
Finishing index:

  • Binding
  • Bronzing
  • Carbonising
  • Card folding
  • Collating
  • Crimping
  • Cutting and creasing
  • Drilling
  • Embossing
  • Encapsulating
  • Envelope overprinting


  • Eyeletting
  • Foil blocking
  • Folding
  • Gilding
  • Gluing
  • Guillotining
  • Index cutting
  • Laminating
  • Latexing
  • Numbering
  • Perforating


  • Ram bundling
  • Round cornering
  • Ruling
  • Showcard make up
  • Shrink wrapping
  • Stringing
  • Tabbing
  • Varnishing
  • Washering
  • Window patching
  • Wire binding

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