Ideal for economically printing large quantities on surfaces like corrugated, paper, film, and plastic. Flexography is best for bold, less intricate designs, but depending on the equipment and press operator, it can produce higher resolution graphics.
Also known as
Flexographic printing, Flexo

What is flexography?

Flexography is often the most economic print option, and it can be used on a variety of materials, both coated and uncoated. There’s a wide range of quality in flexographic printing, depending on equipment, press operators, and tooling. It is best for printing designs that don’t have small text, fine details, or photos.

Flexography is ideal for flood coated color, printing logos and text, and high contrast graphics. Colors can be matched to Pantone and GCMI swatches. Process printing (CMYK) is also possible with flexography, but for designs with fine details or photographs, you may get better results with lithography for high volumes (over 10,000 units) or digital for low volumes (under 1,000 units).

Why choose it?

  • Very economical, especially at higher volumes

  • Great for printing bold designs and thicker line weights

  • Can be accurately color-matched to Pantone and GCMI colors

  • Can print on porous (like uncoated paper or corrugated) and non-porous (like coated paper or plastic film) surfaces

  • Compatible with both water and oil-based inks

Why not choose it?

  • Gradients are achieved using halftones, which generally have a lower resolution than printing gradients using lithography
  • Each color requires a print plate, adding to tooling costs
  • Each printer has a limit to the maximum number of colors
  • Print registration is often less accurate than other processes

Examples of items that use flexography