Combining tactile interest with rich opaque colors, engraving has the legendary ability to reproduce fine lines and solids with stunning clarity and consistency ensures faithfulness to a designer’s intentions.
Engraving, for centuries the first choice of graphic processes for professionals, is specified more and more today for contemporary identity systems. Because no other graphic process affords the degree of flexibility – for placing light color inks over dark backgrounds, creating tactile textures or realizing dazzling logos and images achieved by burnishing metallic inks, today’s creative community embraces engraving as one of the most creative and time tested options for realizing their client’s identities as tangible assets.
Ironically, although engraving is hundreds of years old, contemporary identity system designers and buyers prefer engraving because it is uniquely compatible with desktop printers. Engraving inks, environmentally friendly water-based compounds, do not “break down,” melt or smear when subjected to the very high temperatures in modern desktop printers. Engraving inks are ideally suited for recycling and create a superior barrier against unauthorized alterations (because no scanner or color copier can duplicate the tactile features of raised ink). That is why engraving, a form of intaglio printing, remains the universal choice for currency and negotiable instruments, as well as an excellent choice for global businesses combating counterfeit products, packaging and marketing.