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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.

“I work with TR Trades for one reason –peace of mind. They know how to meet critical deadlines for major public events and they get the work done on time, correctly, and within budget. For these reasons I have confidently recommended TR Trades to a number of departments for a variety of projects at Simon Fraser University, as well as to other associates in Vancouver. TR Trades has completed a wide range of projects for SFU including large format aerial photos, mass produced brochures, campus development documents and unique creative arts projects. I believe the successful delivery of this range of project types lies in their team’s commitment to finding customized solutions. I actually look forward to the special projects that truly capitalize on the skills of their team and bring our creative efforts to life. Many of our projects have countless requirements and usually are required in a rush. TR Trades delivers with quality and speed.”

Elizabeth Starr (Simon Fraser University)

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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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