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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Use mdy dates |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} Printing is a process for reproducing text and images using a master form or template. The earliest examples include Cylinder seals and other objects such as the Cyrus Cylinder and the Cylinders of Nabonidus. The earliest known form of woodblock printing came from China dating to before 220 A.D.<ref name="cave">Shelagh Vainker in Anne Farrer (ed), "Caves of the Thousand Buddhas", 1990, British Museum publications, ISBN 0-7141-1447-2</ref> Later developments in printing include the movable type, first developed by Bi Sheng in China.<ref name="Great Chinese Inventions">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The printing press, a more efficient printing process for western languages with their more limited alphabets, was developed by Johannes Gutenberg in the fifteenth century.<ref>Rees, Fran. Johannes Gutenberg: Inventor of the Printing Press</ref>

Modern printing is done typically with ink on paper using a printing press. It is also frequently done on metals, plastics, cloth and composite materials. On paper it is often carried out as a large-scale industrial process and is an essential part of publishing and transaction printing.


Printing sections
Intro  History  Conventional printing technology  Impact of German movable type printing press  Comparison of printing methods  Digital printing  3D printing  Gang run printing  Printed electronics  Printing terminologies  See also  References  Further reading  External links  

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