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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.

“We are constantly amazed by your consistently friendly and efficient service under pressure. We also appreciate all of the times you’ve gone out of your way to provide extra services—for instance; providing kraft paper and plastic bags for rolled drawings, printing photographs for John’s birthday and especially, producing our Christmas cards. Ours this year was particularly labour intensive and yet it came back beautiful, and on time, at the busiest time of year. We don’t know how you do it! Thanks for your years of excellent service.”

Nigel Baldwin Architects

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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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TR Trades Reproduction Ltd.

1744 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver BC
604.736.4571
digital@trtrades.com

Monday to Thursday 8am - 7pm
Friday 8am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
After hours printing available!