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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 just wanted to say how AWESOME TR Trades is!! I sent in a job last night at around 5:45pm—it was urgent as we realized we needed it right away and I requested it for 10:30am this morning. It arrived at 10am looking perfect and exactly what we need for an event we have today. This isn’t a one off—you guys always come through for us like this and I keep meaning to say thank for all the hard work. TR Trades’ reliability is second to none and we will continue to send all these jobs to you because you never disappoint. Thanks for always making us look good to our buyers, clients, investors, etc!!”

Nicole Mckay (Polygon Homes)

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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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