Lithographic (Litho) Printing


Give your packaging a colourful, premium & unique feel with a near photographic quality print

This process gives the best quality results of all the commercial printing techniques apart from continuous tone or photo reproduction using chemical image development.

Print Quality

The lithographic printing process is an incredibly versatile print technique; it can take very basic packaging and give it a premium and unique feel. There are several different varnishes that can be used in conjunction with the print, as well as enhancing the overall look with foiling or over-laminates. All this means we can create the perfect custom printed box for you and your products. 

What materials or substrates can be printed to create your custom packaging? 

  • Corrguated boxes
  • Folding cartons
  • Paper covered boxes
  • Flexible packaging
  • Cellophane
  • PVC and polypropylene
  • Point of sale collateral

How can lithographic printing benefit you?

  • Attention grabbing, brand enhancing graphics on your custom produced packaging boxes 
  • Cost effective on larger volumes
  • Exceptional print quality
  • Fine detail printing
  • Great colour consistency and reproduction

Learn about the process

The process uses the CMYK four colours process printing technique which allows you to print most of the colour range or gamut visible to the human eye, using just Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black inks. 

This is achieved by using small dots of each of the 4 colours to make up the imagery, then by varying the amount, pattern, size, density and shape of these dots, the eye is tricked into seeing a much greater variety and solidity of colour. The ability to add further spot colours into the process, for specific brand requirements, means that litho printing is a very versatile and accurate printing technique. 

For each colour used a printing plate is produced. Each plate is then placed on an individual cylinder within the printing press. Ink is applied to the plate and adheres to where an image is present. This ink is then ‘offset’ by direct contact onto a rubber cylinder called a blanket. The chosen substrate or material then meets the blanket thereby transferring the image. 


One of the shortcomings of litho printing is that you are not able to print directly onto corrugated board. You therefore need to glue a litho printed sheet to the corrugated board prior to converting it into a box. This process is called litho-laminating. 

This is a duel process, first print, then laminate, so set up costs can be quite high. Therefore, this process tends to lend itself to longer runs lengths of packaging, where a quality print and look is required. Here at Packaging Supplies Ltd we supply litho-laminated packaging across most corrugated flute profiles and even double wall boxes. 

Our Expertise

  • 35 years of experience, selecting the right materials i.e. corrugated or carton board and matching it the most appropriate print technique
  • Point of sale displays, printed sleeves and all other folding box boards
  • Assistance in artwork design and packaging layout
  • Our team is your team
  • Mock up samples where required, these can be digitally printed to better show the finished look

We have the ability to supply you the perfect custom printed box or custom packaging box solution just pick up the phone 01491 834000 or the enquiry form. 

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We have a wide range of products available to buy online at very competitive prices and rapid delivery.