Historical background of Europe and the Middle East
The prehistoric time in Europe was the time when there were no writings or printings either. The inks that were used at that time were animal blood or some other natural color that came from berries or fruit. Animal bones were used to make pictures of the caves, and the images were not entirely precise.
In the Middle Eastern new Islamic regions, a specific tool was used to make printings or images of different materials. A special ink was created with the help of several burnt ingredients. Clay tablets and skins of animals were used for printing in the late 3000 BC. That printing was costly at that time, and only the wealthy people could afford that sort.
Printing and packaging through Egyptian and Greek history
The Egyptians introduced the concept of black ink as they produced ink by using black soot, beeswax, and vegetable oil. Because of that quality ink, some of the evidence of printing in that era still survive and are legible. In the Greek time, a red pen was used to form writings, and the tablets were made of clay.
History of the engraving and etching technique
Engravings and etching go way back in the past, and it created beautiful prints for all purposes but especially packaging. Metallic tools were used to make grooves on the cardboard, and this unusual technique was welcomed by the society. Iron plates were involved in the process of etching to produce printing designs on the packaging boxes.
Several ancient technologies; Lithography and Chromolithography
A Bavarian called Alois Senefelder introduced lithography in 1796. This technique was able to create diversified image son several materials that were used in different industries. The base of this invention happened when he found that grease could be used for printing. He discovered that the oil could leave high-quality prints on the paper sheets and cardboard.
Mezzotint ancient technique
Ludwig Seigen invented a new technology in the eighteenth century that involved printing images that were half tinted. This fantastic method became very popular and was perfect for the reproduction of pictures on any medium. Nevertheless, the time span of this process was too long, and that is why it became costly especially for commercial packaging.
Colour printing initiative
Color printing for boxes and other industries was a significant milestone, and it changed all the trends of designing and creativity. This technology was able to set new standards in this field. Later in the 1930s, the stones were replaced, and zinc plates were used instead, and the process was called zincography. It was more refined, and the quality of printing was better.
Advancement on the way in digital printing
Digital printing came to the market in the early 1900s, and it was a great leap in the printing and packaging industry because it made the firms able t create detailed and vibrant logos for boxes. The very first color-printing machine introduced to the world was named Indigo, and that happened in 1993. A company invented another development in 1977, and that new device fasted in the whole world at that time. Hewlett Packard developed a new printing mechanism and tools the industry by a storm through the gorgeous designs it was able to produce.