5 Forms of Printing Explained

Jun 5, 2017 | Mail & Print

It’s important to know which printing option is right for your project, so to help here is a list of some of the most common print options and what they mean.

Cartoon Wide Format PrinterWhat Does Offset Print Mean?

Offset printing refers to a printing method where the ink is not transferred directly onto the paper. This is accomplished with the use aluminum plates that can transfer an image onto what is commonly referred to as a rubber blanket. Offset printing typically runs presses that are 29” and 40” sheets.

What is Digital Printing?

Digital printing uses laser or inkjet printers to create professional, high definition, prints from a digital image. Digital printing is ideal for small-run jobs as it has a relatively low setup cost. Since there are no plates involved like with Offset Printing, turnaround time and on demand printing times are much faster.

What is Screen Printing?

Screen printing is a highly versatile stencil method of print whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a chosen surface. The design is accomplished by using a stencil that is impermeable to the ink.

What Does C Print Mean?

C-Prints, or Chromogenic color prints, refers to the traditional chemical processing method used to produce photographic prints. The closely related term Digital C Printing refers to the process whereby the material is processed using lasers or LED lights.

What is Wide Format Printing?

Wide Format Printing employs a variant of inkjet technology to create prints with a maximum print roll width between 18” and 100” making it the perfect solutions for posters, signage, banners, blueprints and more. Formats that go beyond 100” wide are typically referred to as Super Wide or Grand Format.

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