Record Printing is proud to offer both digital and offset printing for all of our customer’s printing needs. Isn’t all printing the same? No!
quality print projects. We will explore the advantages and disadvantages of each, and you will know which method will best suit your next print job!
Offset printing is so named because an inked image is transferred, or “offset” from a plate, to a rubber blanket, and ultimately to the printing surface. Offset printing offers the highest quality printed materials in the printing industry, and eliminates the streaking that is found in other printing processes. Actual ink is used in offset printing, not just toner. The final product in offset printing has a professional, high-quality look. Offset printing can accommodate a large variety of printed materials, including paper, wood, cloth, metal, leather, and plastic. The offset printing process is very efficient, and many impressions can be made from one set of plates. If you have a large printing job, offset printing will usually end up being the most economical option. The number of offset printing companies is dwindling, but Record Printing is proud to still offer this printing method to our customers.
Digital printing doesn’t use the same process as offset printing does, and eliminates the use of the plates and rubber blankets. Digital printing transfers a digital image directly to the printing surface using toner or ink. Digital printing eliminates the mechanical steps that are required in offset printing, and has a shorter turnaround time. Every print is the same with digital printing, so there is more accuracy, less waste and fewer variations. Digital printing can be more cost-effective for printing smaller quantities, although the unit cost is higher than with offset printing. Digital printing is also good for jobs that require many colors, or that need slight changes in the text or photos. These changes can be made instantly, without waiting for a new plate to be made.
So which one should you choose? It really depends on the printing job you have. Offset printing will have an up-front cost that is greater than digital, but if you are printing a large volume, the unit price will end up being cheaper. Digital printing can have a faster turnaround time, and be more cost effective for small quantities, but the quality will not be as good as offset printing. If you have a job that requires variable text, multiple colors, and a small run, digital will probably be your best option. If you have a large job with few colors, and need the highest quality printing available, offset is the choice for you. Whatever your printing job is, Record Printing is a company that offers the best in both offset and digital printing, and would love to take care of all of your printing needs! Contact us today to get started, and if you have questions about what printing method would best suit your project.