Frank O. Carlson & Co.The printed word is everywhere. From newspapers to billboards to engraved lettering on buildings – even advertising decals on city buses or company-owned vehicles. Everything you see printed or engraved was done using a certain printing technique.

Embossing/Debossing
Embossing and debossing are similar processes that create a different result. Both processes involve making a metal plate and a counter. The plate is mounted on a press and the paper is stamped between the plate and counter. This force of pressure pushes the stock into the plate, creating the impression. Embossing produces a raised impression on your paper stock, while debossing creates a depressed impression.

Thermography
Thermography produces raised printing similar in appearance to engraving, but uses a different process for attaining the effect. When using thermography, a special powder is added to the ink that is to be printed on the paper. The printed piece is heated, causing the powder and ink mixture to dry, which in turn results in a raised effect on the paper.

Letterpress
The oldest printing process, this method uses a surface with raised, inked letters which are pressed to the surface of the printing substrate to reproduce an image in reverse. Most popularly used on wedding invitations, this process can also be used to create unique business cards as well as other custom printed products.

Lamination
Lamination can be a liquid that dries to a tough gloss or dull surface, or it can be a film. Both adhere to the surface to protect it and give it a sheen or a muted effect. The effect could be glossy, dull, or satin, which is a look between glossy and dull.

Silk Screening
Screen printing is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that allows ink to transfer onto the material. A roller or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink past the threads of the woven mesh in the open areas.

Cut Vinyl
Pre-spaced, self-adhesive vinyl lettering is produced on sign-making equipment for a variety of applications. Ranging from short term economy grade material to long lasting films designed to last for years outdoors; vinyl lettering is a very versatile product. Vehicles, street signs, and windows are common applications, but nearly any surface can have vinyl lettering applied to it.

Whatever your printing needs may be, Frank O. Carlson & Co. has got you covered. Frank O. Carlson & Company is a family-owned, large-format printer and sign manufacturer in Chicago, Illinois, specializing in digital printing on-demand and large display graphics. For more information, please call (773) 847-6900 or visit our website for a list of our services.