Commercial Printing | Printing 101 What is lithography?


If you were to take a flat stone and draw something on it with a crayon, wet it, roll some black ink on it and then place a sheet of paper on it and very lightly press the paper on it, you would have created a Lithograph . . . You would have created the basis for most printed material made today; that basis being that water and grease do not mix.

Litho . . . meaning stone and graph . . . meaning picture or writing.

Believe it or not, there are still artists who use this rather primitive method to produce beautiful, as well as expensive, hand-made lithographs. However, today Lithography usually refers to the method of reproducing art or printed matter or a combination of both in great quantities, and at high speed, with many colors.

About the Author: Don Weston Started working in the printing industry over 50 years ago and remains the mentor of the owner of Weston Graphics, Inc.
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