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Digital and offset printing are the two most common commercial printing technologies in use today, making one of the most common questions, “Which one do I use for my project?”. We’ve outlined below the need-to-know information that will help you determine which process is best for your project.

Advantages

Smaller quantities

  • Any print quantity under 1000 units is typically well suited for a digital press.

Faster turnaround

  • Little set-up required.

Cost effective

  • Prints lower quantities at much less cost.

Variable data

  • Can print variable text or images where each sheet off the press is unique in some specific way.

Disadvantages

Larger colour variability

  • Pantone colours are created using CMYK & other colours.

Limited choice of media

  • Can accomodate a smaller variety of paper stocks.

Advantages

Larger quantities

  • A print quantity of over 1000 units is typically well suited for offset printing.

Pantone (Spot) colours & varnishes

  • Accurate Pantone colours as plates are filled with Pantone inks or ‘spot colours’
  • Fluorescent & metallic inks.
  • Spot or flood varnishes.

Cost effective

  • Prints higher quantities at much less cost.

Larger media variety

  • Rough or heavy papers, cloths or specialty papers.

Disadvantages

More time consuming

  • Set-up, maintenance & drying time required.

Finishing time

  • Requires drying time.

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Still unclear on the best choice for your project?

No problem—give us a call and we would be happy to outline specifically how each process will apply to your project.

604.736.4571

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