In a world where printing 200 copies of a missing pet poster is as easy as quickly stopping by our Hackensack print shop, it can be hard to remember that there are other forms of printing besides offset printing and digital printing. While some forms of printing simply do not have a lot to do with paper, and others have been phased out by technological advances, there are still a lot of cool and interesting printing methods that are used for art and other specific projects.

In today’s blog post, we will be discussing some common, and not so common, printing methods that interest us.

Screen Printing

While some of the printing methods that we will be discussing today are more niche, screen printing is still extremely common. In fact, we screen print all of the time at our print shop when we are making t-shirts. Screen printing is a method of printing that utilizes ink that is pushed onto the canvas (shirt) using ink and a mesh stencil.

Screen printing produces high-quality results but can be time-consuming. Each color requires its own stencil, meaning for each design multiple steps must be repeated to include all of the colors. If you are looking to have t-shirts printed come to visit us at our Hackensack store.

Block Printing

Block printing is a form of printing that was developed as early as the 3rd century in Asia. this form of printing uses a wooden stamp that has been carved in relief to form a pattern and is associated with one particular color. Each image is stamped onto the canvas and is used to make complex images and designs with layering.

Today, block printing is less commonly used, but it does survive on in more artistic communities. One of the most common uses that block printing is still currently used for is to hand design clothing and textiles — ensuring that this interesting form of printing never dies!


Letterpress is a commonly used printing technique that is rather unique. Letterpress is a common printing technique that is used for more formal printing projects like wedding invitations. Letterpress, unlike traditional printing methods, utilizes relief in the paper to create textured words and patterns.

Letterpress is resurging in popularity as the “hipster” culture can’t get enough of its authentic classic look that compliments modern scripts and fonts. Are you looking to print wedding invitations or invitations to some other event? Get in touch with us today to see what we can do for you!

Come To Blue Dog Graphics For Your Next Printing Project

Whether you need screen printing for a t-shirt, letterpress for an invitation, or block printing for your next art project (well, maybe not block printing), come to Blue Dog Graphics! Our team of printing professionals are well versed in all areas of printing and can help you to complete projects both large and small. If you have any questions or concerns about our printing services, please feel free to get in touch with us to ask! We look forward to working with you!

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