Free PaperSpecs Webinar – “Texture: From Engraving to Thermography”

July 21, 2011
2:00 p.m. Eastern (11:00 a.m. Pacific)

“Texture: From Engraving to Thermography,” a free webinar hosted by PaperSpecs and Neenah Paper, will show you how the oldest printing technique known is still a highly desired method today for elevating identity materials to fine art status and how it differs from the contemporary method of thermography.

Palo Alto, California – July 7, 2011 – Authentic, enduring, tactile, handcrafted – these are just some of the attributes used to describe the look and feel of pieces printed with the engraving process, also known as intaglio printing.

In this electronic age, these same characteristics are precious assets that set brands apart in a highly competitive environment and may explain why so many designers are taking a fresh look at engraving as well as the 20th century process of thermography when printing invitations, notecards and corporate identity materials like letterhead and business cards.

“Wanting to achieve that feeling – a depth of ink that sits above the surface of the paper is very appealing to designers and print buyers today,” says Sabine Lenz, founder of “But they are savvy buyers who have lots of questions about the cost of the materials and processes and their environmental implications. That’s why we asked expert Don Burdge to lead this webinar.”

Burdge, president of BurdgeCooper, the largest engraving company in the world, says, “Both engraving and thermography provide a sensory attribute which improves reader retention and response. Beyond that, one is hard pressed to think of two printing processes that are greater opposites.”

Don will compare engraving and thermography and answer questions like:

  • What papers work best for each method?
  • Which process is more environmentally friendly?
  • Is one process more economical than the other?
  • How do I prepare my artwork for these printing methods?
  • Will I be able to print solids and fine details?
  • What types of products are best suited for each technique?

You don’t want to miss “Texture: From Engraving to Thermography.” This webinar is free thanks to the generous support of Neenah Paper. Space is limited, so reserve your seat today for this special event at

About Don Burdge

Don Burdge learned how to etch into steel and copper at the side of his grandfather, Charlie Burdge, a master engraver. During summers, he worked at his father’s printing and engraving shop doing everything from hauling paper to setting up presses. After graduating from USC with a degree in public relations, Burdge looked for a job in marketing and landed a position at the ad agency Dailey & Associates in Los Angeles. At the same time, he enrolled as a graphic design student at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with the hope of one day running a graphic design studio of his own. Eventually, Don bought out his father’s engraving business where tens of thousands of printed projects have come across his desk. Some simple, like black ink on white paper; others, like the project he did for Disney, involved ten engraving passes in tight registration on a single sheet before embossing and hand deckling the edges. Last year, Burdge merged his company with Stuart F. Cooper. BurdgeCooper is now the largest engraving company in the world and one of the biggest small-format commercial printers in the country with over 50 (under 25”) presses in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

About Neenah Paper

For over 100 years, Neenah Paper has been a leader in the creation and manufacturing of premium and specialty papers. With the uniqueness of paper machines specifically built to manufacture the richness of 100% cotton fiber papers like CRANE® Papers, to specialty watermarked printing surfaces reminiscent of handmade papers like CLASSIC® Laid, Neenah Paper is a perfect sponsor of this special event. Today, a multitude of finishes, environmental attributes, colors, and weights allow a designer to select a surface that will marry and engage with these beautifully raised printing techniques. In a homogenized and increasing digital world, fine papers with engraving or thermography are bits of communication that bring delight to all the senses.

Neenah Paper rounds out its comprehensive portfolio with the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of Crane & Company’s fine business paper brands: CRANE’S CREST®, CRANE’S BOND®, CRANE’S LETTRA® and CRANE’S® Choice Papers. All of the Neenah brands reflect the company’s sustainability commitment and many carry the Green-e, Green Seal and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications (SW-COC-000885). For more information, visit Neenah’s new website at or call (800) 558-5061. Follow Neenah Paper on Twitter: @neenahpaper; become a fan on Facebook; or visit Neenah’s blog, Against the Grain, at

About PaperSpecs

Finding the most accurate information on paper availability, green certifications and trends like digital paper options is a challenge for designers, print buyers and paper purchasers worldwide. This reality inspired Sabine Lenz, designer and author, to create PaperSpecs, the first independent and comprehensive Web-based paper selection tool. The search mechanism is specifically designed to help paper specifiers easily and quickly find the paper that meets their project’s sustainability goals, creative vision and process requirements.


Copyright 2011. All brand names are the property of their respective owners and may or may not be trademarked.

Sabine Lenz
127A Coleridge Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
T: 650-321-5152

1 Comment
  1. David Rongo 12 years ago

    I have 2 copper plate engraving prints by Charles Burdge . both of dogs would like some info on them I am unable to find anything about Mr.C.Burdge . He is a master at his craft.

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