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Sheet-Fed Offset Lithography Without printing where would the world be Edward George Bulwer-Lytton wrote The pen is mightier than the sword But he assumed that his penmanship could be widely distributed and studied Adams 7 Printing creates a means for information to be recorded and passed down from generation to generation Prior to the invention of printing all information had to be conveyed verbally and survived only as long as people could remember Printing created the power to document information and pass it onto younger generations Printing is the ability to reproduce graphic symbols and messages in large quantities With thanks to the invention of printing we are able to have our ideas mass-produced and keep the world informed Adams 3 Since printing is such an essential segment of the society that we live in it is vital that the public has a general understanding of the history concepts and processes that involve printing The invention of printing and a practical moveable type is credited to Johann Gutenberg around 1454 This invention earned Gutenberg the title of father of printingAdams 2 The process of printing that Gutenberg invented is relief printing or printing from a raised surface Even though this process of printing is no longer commonly used it is still the foundation of present day offset lithography Lithography was invented by a German playwright who was invented with the printing process to try and lower the cost of printing his plays This man was Alois Senefelder and the year was 1789 Senedelder experimented with many different ways of printing but found the best and cheapest way was to etch the image he did not wish to print on a stone leaving a raised image of the desired area This raised area could then have ink applied and paper pressed to it and the image would be created This is an adaptation of the relief printing process Senedelder named his invention of printing from
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