Printing Technology

Digital, Offset or Large Format - What are your options?

Narrowing our options

  • What is the final product?

  • What is the size of our piece?

  • What is our print quantity?

  • What paper do we like?

  • What are the print requirements?

    • Number of colors

    • Photographic reproductions

    • Amount of ink coverage

    • Type and number of finishing operations

What is the final product?

What is our print quantity?

What is the size of our piece?

Economical printing size ranges

  • Digital Printing

    • 8-1/2 x 11 to 12 x 18

  • Offset Lithography

    • Sheet fed 5 x 7 to 28 x 40

    • Web fed 8-1/2 x 11 to 22-1/2 x 35

  • Large Format Printing

    • 18 x 24 to 60 x 120 and larger

Printing considerations & restraints

  • Number of ink colors

  • Photographic reproduction quality

  • Ink coverage i.e. large solids or straight type

  • Sheet to sheet registration

  • Type and number of finishing operations

  • Type of binding to be used

Digital Printing

  • First shown in 1993

  • Uses electrophotography technology which
    transfers digital image from imaging drum
    to a blanket to the paper.

  • Heat bonds the image to the paper.

  • Can print variable images (each sheet is different)
    as compared to static images when printing offset.



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