Wallpaper Processes
& Capabilities

What we can achieve…

When it comes to wallpaper design there are infinite sources of inspiration and an equally infinite number of painting techniques to render your artwork unique. When we discuss your requirements we can, by drawing on our experience of separation, engraving and production, advise the best print process for the evolution of your design in order to retain all the nuances, surface qualities and colouring flexibility you desire.

Gravure

8 colours maximum including pad or choke.

Ideal for tonal watercolour, textures, or mimicking effects and metallic accents.

Substrates: paper, coated and uncoated non woven, vinyl, foil.

UK Decorative
Widths: 52 cm / 20.5”; 68.5 cm / 27”
Circumferences: 45.7 cm / 18”; 52 cm / 20.5”; 53.3 cm / 21”; 61 cm / 24”; 68.5 cm / 27”; 76.2 cm / 30”; 83.8 cm / 33”; 91.4 cm / 36”

EU Decorative
Widths: 53 cm / 20.87”; 70 cm / 27.56; 73 cm / 28.74”; 100 cm / 39.37”
Circumferences: 53 cm / 20.87” – 100 cm / 39.37”

UK & EU Contract Width Vinyl: 106 cm / 41.73” – 142 cm / 55.9”

Four Colour Process – CMYK Gravure

Allow 4 pitches for CMYK + up to 4 additional spot colours including pad or choke.

Ideal for reproducing multi-coloured designs or photographic effects that cannot be reproduced by standard gravure engraving.

Substrates: coated paper, coated non woven & vinyl.

UK
Widths: 52 cm / 20.5”; 68.5 cm / 27”
Circumferences: 45.7 cm / 18”; 52 cm / 20.5”; 53.3 cm / 21”; 61 cm / 24”; 68.5 cm / 27”; 76.2 cm / 30”; 83.8 cm / 33”; 91.4 cm / 36”

EU
Widths: 53 cm / 20.87”; 70 cm / 27.56; 73 cm / 28.74”; 100 cm / 39.37”
Circumferences: 53 cm / 20.87” – 100 cm / 39.37”

Rotary

8 colours maximum including pad.

Ideal for rich saturated as well as opaque colours, dry brush effects, metallic, specialist inks.

Substrates: paper, coated and uncoated non-woven.

UK
Widths: 52 cm / 20.5” & 68.5 / 27”
Circumferences: 64.1 cm / 25.25”; 91.4 cm, / 36”; (101.8 cm / 40.1” – limited ink options)

EU
Widths: 53 cm / 20.87”; 70 cm / 27.56” / 100 cm / 39.37”
Circumferences: 53 cm / 20.87”; 64 cm / 25.2”

Hybrid: Rotary & Water Based Gravure

8 colours maximum including pad or choke.

Ideal for mixing tonal and dry artwork characteristics, or adding a contrasting accent with a variety of colouring combinations like translucent, opaque, metallic as well as specialist inks.

Substrates: coated paper and coated non-woven; or uncoated paper and uncoated non-woven for a softer, less saturated effect.

Widths: 52 cm / 20.5” & 68.5 / 27”

Circumference: 64.1cm / 25.25”

Surface

Airknife ground + up to 12 colours maximum.

Ideal for rich and vibrant opaque colours & for obtaining a naturally occurring reticulation created by the pressure of a roller on the substrate which squeezes the ink to the edges of the motif. Due to the nature of the process each repeat can have a slight variance in the print mark enhancing the uniqueness of the product.

Substrates: uncoated paper and uncoated non-woven.

UK
Width: 52 cm / 20.5”
Circumferences: 45.7 cm / 18”; 52 cm / 20.5”; 53.3 cm / 21”; 61 cm / 24”; (68.5 cm / 27” 6 colours maximum)

EU
Widths: 53 cm / 20.87” – 100 cm / 39.37”
Circumferences: 53 cm / 20.87” – 100 cm / 39.37”

Surflex

Airknife ground + 3 flexo followed by 6 surface colours respectively maximum.

Ideal for rich and vibrant opaque colours, and for keeping the edge quality of touching motifs clean whilst also obtaining a natural reticulation in areas. Offers a slightly flatter overall appearance than surface and opportunities for finer detail.

Substrates: uncoated paper and uncoated non woven.

UK
Width: 52 cm / 20.5”
Circumferences: 45.7 cm / 18”; 52 cm / 20.5”; 53.3 cm / 21”; 61 cm / 24”

EU
Widths: 56 cm / 22.05”; 73 cm / 28.74”
Circumferences: 53 cm / 20.87”; 64 cm / 25.2”

Flexographic

6 colours including pad or choke.

Ideal for fine detail like toiles, blocky planes of colour, tonal designs with low number of colours.

Substrates: paper, coated and uncoated non-woven.

UK
Widths: 52 cm / 20.5”; 68.5 cm / 27”
Circumferences: 1 cm increments of 46 cm / 18/1” to 76 cm / 29.92”

EU
Widths: 56 cm / 22.05”; 73 cm / 28.74”
Circumferences: 53 cm / 20.87”; 64 cm / 25.2”

Hand Print

1 – 5 Colours

Ideal for large repeats, panels; an authentic print quality created by a combination of wet on dry and fall-ons; the ability to combine translucent, opaque, metallic & specialist inks, low minimums, custom colouring.

Substrates: paper, non-woven, foil, textile laminates, cork.

Widths: 52 cm / 20.5”; 68.5 / 27”; 76.2cm / 30”; “superwide” depending on width of chosen substrate up to 140cm.

Heights: due to construction print options (layout sectioned over 2 or 3 screens to make up the full height of the design) there is more flexibility than other machine print processes, otherwise designs can be sized to fit standard circumferences for conversion to gravure, rotary / hybrid or flexographic at a later date if required.

Digital

Unlimited number of colours, although practically better to cap at a manageable number for  colouring purposes if the design requires full separation.

Ideal for larger scaled imagery, panels / murals / scenics, myriad-coloured, photographic, painterly, graphic or flat images not requiring full separation; low minimums.

Substrates: non woven, pre-embossed vinyl, textile laminates, cork, foil.

UK
Widths: 52 cm / 20.5” – 140 cm / 55.12” maximum depending on substrate type.

EU
Widths: 53 cm / 20.87”; 70 cm / 27.56”; 100 cm / 39.37”

Heights: any, although around 100 cm / 47.25” for patterns with a height repeat / sold by the metre is a good rule of thumb otherwise wastage when hanging the product can be excessive; 300 cm / 118.1” & 400 cm / 157.5” for panels, scenics and murals.

Two Pass Process, Special Effects & Embossing

1 rotary screen for scatter bead / specialist ink; & / or 1 emboss steel.

Ideal for adding glamour, texture and enhancing the surface qualities of gravure, rotary & hybrid designs.

Substrates: coated and uncoated non woven, vinyl.

UK
Widths: 52 cm / 20.5” & 68.5 cm / 27”
Circumference: 64.1cm / 25.25” *
* If used in combination with vinyl, the emboss steel does not need to be the same circumference as the gravure printed design + rotary element.

EU
Widths: 53 cm / 20.87; 70 cm / 27.56 / 100 cm / 39.37”
Circumference: 64.1 cm / 25.25”

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