Printing techniques and typefaces


Expensive. The look: elegant, with raised letters on the front and back of the paper. Best for: black-tie affairs.


Moderately priced. The look: glossy and polished, with raised letters on the front of the paper and a smooth back. Best for: traditional, less formal affairs.


Expensive. The look: handcrafted, accommodates unusual designs. Best for: offbeat affairs.


Moderate to inexpensive. The look: ink-free, stylish, and monochromatic. Letters are pushed up from the back of the paper. Best for: monograms and graphics.


Economical. The look: flat, basic print in various colors. Best for: casual affairs.


Expensive if done by hand; moderate if done by computer. The look: varies from the traditional Copperplate and Italic to the modern Bookhand and Monoline script. Best for: addressing envelopes.

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