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Saturday only on appointment : 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

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Handley bvba
658, Brusselsesteenweg
3090 Jezus-Eik (Overijse)

Parking spaces behind our building

Phone : +32 2 374 93 33

E-mail : handley@handley.be

Chapter 2

Printing process

A — From typography to digital

Typography is a printing process that traditionally used movable lead type, replaced today by polymer die. The high flexibility of typography allows not only for the conventional printing needs of documents (business cards, headers, …) but also of cards that cannot be printed in offset due to the weight or the quality of the paper. This technique also allows to print on existing documents.


Moreover, by applying a more or less strong pressure of the characters on the paper, typo printing can add a traditional touch called letterpress or debossing.

Offset printing allows the production of large-circulation papers, in one or more colors on a wide variety of papers. The colors are obtained either from a pantone reference (PMS) or from 4 basic colors: cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK).


Digital printing allows the printing directly from computer files. This method is used for smaller process color printing.

Edge printing is an in-house specialty

B — Engraving (Embossing)

This traditional printing process generates a high quality relief. Our technique offers very high quality granularity possibilities.

Ink, matte or glossy, is deposited in the hollow of a steel or copper die. By pressure of a counterpart, it creates an embossed impression. An additional manual machine run gives even more sparkle to the engraved pattern.

This high quality process is ideally used for private or professional stationery since the engraving blocks (dies) are reusable on different media and formats (e.g. letterhead and envelope flap).

Handley has a wide range of initial etching blocks that can also be used, for example, in making wedding invitations, birth announcements, etc.

C — Blind Embossing

Blind embossing is a similar embossing technique, where no ink is used on the embossed area. As for the inked engraving, this technique requires the creation of a die.

D — Thermography

Thermography is a printing method which comprises of depositing a transparent resin powder on the previously offset or typo printed ink.

This powder is then polymerized and swells under the effect of heat which gives to the pattern or text, relief and brilliance.

This method offers a more economical alternative to engraving.

E — Hot Stamping

Hot stamping is a printing process wherein the color is deposited on the substrate through a zinc block, heated and contacted with small rolls of color-coated films.

This technique, thanks to the opacity of the films, is ideally used when printing on dark cardboard, to enhance an invitation by a brilliant touch or to give luster to a packaging.

Films exist in a wide variety of sorts:

— Gold or silver colors

— Metallic colors

— Holographic patterns

— Clear varnish spotted, etc.

F — Letterpress

Letterpress is a printing method where a press graphic or text elements are pressured against the paper (debossing). Some papers materials are more adequate for this technique thanks to their soft texture, such as cotton or laid paper.

This technique also requires a die and can be described as being the opposite technique from engraving.

Graphic design


We offer graphic design services: Lay-out, logo, illustrations, etc.

See our projects