Definition of surface printing in English:

surface printing

noun

Printing
  • 1Printing, especially of a textile, using a wooden roller bearing the pattern (contrasted with roller printing, using a metal roller).

  • 2Any kind of lithographic printing.

  • 3Printing from images or type in relief on the printing surface (contrasted with recess printing and lithographic printing); letterpress printing.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in The London Journal of Arts and Science.