Different methods offer unique advantages and are chosen to achieve specific aesthetics and functionality in packaging.
Selecting the appropriate printing method depends on factors such as the packaging material, print run size, design complexity, budget, and desired quality.
Here is a comprehensive list of the 10 most common printing methods used to produce packaging:
Used for large-format packaging materials like folding cartons, displays, and posters.
Suitable for high-quality printing on paperboard, cartons, and labels, often used for packaging with intricate designs.
Offers flexibility for short runs and variable data printing; used for customized packaging, labels, and prototypes.
Ideal for printing on various substrates, including corrugated cardboard, flexible packaging, labels, and paper bags.
Used for specialty packaging, promotional items, custom-designed packaging, and unique graphics with a tactile finish.
Commonly used for variable data printing on labels and barcodes, especially in logistics and shipping.
Applies metallic or colored foil to packaging materials for a decorative and luxurious appearance.
Creates raised or recessed patterns or text on packaging surfaces for tactile and visual appeal.
Utilizes ultraviolet curing technology to instantly dry and cure ink, allowing for vibrant colors and sharp images.
Used for printing barcodes, QR codes, and variable data on packaging labels and materials.
Other forms of printing other than the ones above are 3D printing, In-mold printing, Letterpress Printing, Intaglio printing techniques like gravure or rotogravure printing, Cyanotype printing, Dye Sublimation printing, Pad printing, and Hot-stamping.