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Part III: Appendixes > Flexography

Flexography

The flexographic printing process is known as a relief printing process because the flexible rubber plate is made by carving or removing the negative or nonprinting area of the rubber—kind of like a giant rubber stamp. The image area that receives the ink is raised above the nonimage area. The raised surface of the plate comes into direct contact with the substrate by applying pressure.

Like most printing processes, flexography can be produced with analog or digital plates. Computer-to-plate technology is in the mainstream of flexo workflows as well, and laser platemakers remove (or ablate) the nonprinting areas of the plate.


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