One of the most affordable types of printing, thermography involves adding a resinous powder to the printing ink. When the combination is heated and dried it creates a slightly raised effect.

Sometimes referred to as "imitation engraving", thermography produces an effect similar to but not quite as elegant as engraving. Because it does not require the creation of an engraved plate, thermography is less expensive and faster than engraving.

Speed of delivery and price make thermography a natural choice for short-run business applications including business cards, marketing materials, announcements, programs, menu cards, invitations and envelopes. On the personal side, thermography is also a popular choice for informal stationery, greeting cards, note cards, and invitations.​