Traditionally, printing is defined as a technique for reproducing text or illustrations on durable surfaces. There are several types of printing processes, each with its own characteristics.
Some of the most common techniques include offset printing, flexographic printing, gravure printing, and screen printing. In offset printing, a sheet of paper is fed through a press by a roller. In flexographic printing, a semi-liquid ink is used that is fast drying.
Printing is a process that has contributed to the augmentation of knowledge and social changes. It has also helped engender film, radio, and tape recording. Information of all kinds has been able to reach all levels of society in most countries.
The process has also allowed critical reading to emerge. The social nature of reading changed, and texts became accessible to a wider audience. As a result, the printing process has spawned many rival techniques.
A common accessory for an electronic calculator is a mechanism that prints plain language. This can be used to print resumes, a word processor document, or a resume for an employer.
Traditionally, printing has been associated with lead and ink. However, the printing process has evolved over time, and has moved away from ink and lead. Rather than using lead, printing uses a printing plate made from film negatives. This allows for better quality print materials.
During the Industrial Revolution, the printing process contributed to the advancement of knowledge and helped engender the development of film and radio. However, with the development of new audiovisual media, printing is being challenged. In some cases, observers suggest that printing may soon disappear.