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.
- Any print quantity under 1000 units is typically well suited for a digital press.
- Little set-up required.
- Prints lower quantities at much less cost.
- Can print variable text or images where each sheet off the press is unique in some specific way.
Larger colour variability
- Pantone colours are created using CMYK & other colours.
Limited choice of media
- Can accomodate a smaller variety of paper stocks.
- 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.
- Prints higher quantities at much less cost.
Larger media variety
- Rough or heavy papers, cloths or specialty papers.
More time consuming
- Set-up, maintenance & drying time required.
- 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.”
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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.