Offset Printing

Offset Printing

Houston printing company

Why is it called "offset" printing?

Offset printing has become the most commonly used commercial printing process in the world. Designed for large quantity projects, it is called offset because the ink is not transferred directly onto the paper. Instead, offset printing works by transferring ink from a specially prepared printing plate to a rubber sheet known as the blanket. From there, the blanket transfers the image on to the paper. This technique of transferring the image from plate to blanket to paper, is known as offset printing.

When should you use offset printing?

For almost 150 years, offset printing has been the best way to print just about anything from envelopes, booklets, postcards, brochures and more. Offset printing is the best choice when you need large quantities over 500 units. It is also a better option when needing a larger format. In addition to being better for large quantities and format, offset is the better choice when needing specialized colors. Offset presses provide precise color reproduction and utilize gloss/dull varnishes for added texture.

Advantages:

  • Cost effective when producing large quantities
  • A larger availability of paper choices and finishes
  • High image quality
  • Works on a variety of printing surfaces
  • Special custom inks such as metallic and pantone colors are available
  • A greater number of post press options are available, like spot or UV coating

Disadvantages:

  •  Time and cost associated with producing plates and printing press setup
  • Small quantity printing jobs can be costly when compared to digital printing

Need more information?

Visit our designer dictionary or FAQ page. If you are still unsure on what you need, give us a call. We are happy to talk with you and help you decide on the best option for your printing needs.

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Offset Printing June 7, 2015