Once an art form and a craft skill, gravure today is a computer controlled manufacturing process, offering outstanding print quality, output consistency, highest versatility and speed.
Today's rotogravure presses for publication gravure run at 15 metres per second and more, with paper reel widths of up to 4,32 metres.
Just as with offset lithography, the gravure process is realised in both sheet-fed and web-fed presses. The majority of gravure presses are web-fed. Most publication gravure presses have eight printing units, one for each of the four process colours (YMCK) for each side of the paper. Occasionally a fifth printing unit per side is included (i.e. ten units altogether) to allow a ‘spot colour’ such as a metallic or fluorescent ink for special effects.