(Closed) gocco vs. printer

posted 12 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2004

The gocco texture inks pops out on the wedding invitation cards well as the printer ink just settings in on the paper. 


Here’s an close up image that was done by gocco:


Post # 4
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Rancho del Cielo, Malibu, CA

i think gocco adds a very nice touch and would have done it, but i just didn’t have any time! it takes a little while getting used to, and we were rushed as it was (and it still took us forever, even with a printer, though not as long as gocco would’ve).  i did all of mine on a color photo-quality printer and people still loved them 🙂

Post # 5
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

You can print with metallic and flourescent inks and actually layer paint. Think of the gocco like a stamp, not a printer.

Post # 6
23 posts

That is exactly my question, too!  I was planning to create my invites and other paper projects on a laser printer, but now I’m reading about Gocco everywhere!  Is anyone who lives in LA planning to work on a Gocco project anytime soon and would be interested in a helper/observer?  I would love to see some Gocco projects up close!

Post # 7
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I think it just depends on what you want.  I think Gocco is beautiful, but after reading all of the horror stories on the weddingbee, and thinking about how much time I’d spend, it really put me off….

If you want "texture" on your invite, you can always ask for thermography printing.  Even if you design your own invite, many printers will do this.  

We scanned an antique postcard for our wedding invite, and so we just went for a regular print job.  I’m helping my sister to design her invite for her wedding right now and it’s one simple graphic (an art deco peacock) with a nice deco font.  Instead of spending the time on Gocco, or the money on letterpress, I’m recommending that she just print it on really nice thick cotton paper.  That makes a huge difference in the feel and luxuriousness of an invite. 

Post # 8
212 posts
Helper bee

agree with lotusmoss.. it depends on what you want.  we tried gocco-ing our save the dates but couldn’t achieve crisp edges to the text (like in regular laserjet printing) so we scrapped the gocco and just did offset printing.  Ppl who are proficient in using a gocco can make things look awesome but if you’re a gocco newbie, sometimes the outcome can come out "arts and craftsy". 

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