Digital Printing vs. Offset Printing

What’s the difference between Digital Printing & Offset Printing?

Most people who contact Cornerstone Printing do not know the difference between digital and offset printing. They believe that printing is just, well, printing. Well, that is not exactly the case. The two are not interchangeable but hold significant differences. Let’s see what the differences between the two are, how they operate, and why one is better than the other when it comes to the printing job that needs completion.

Offset Printing

Offset Printing Services from Cornerstone Printing

Offset printing uses aluminum plates; that can transfer a certain image onto what is known as a rubber blanket. After transferring the image onto the rubber blanket, it is then rolled onto a sheet of paper. The reason that this form of printing is called “offset” is because the ink is first transferred onto the blanket and then the paper, not directly on the paper. When you need printing done in bulk, offset printing is the best choice for you. It provides accurate colors and a professional looking print.

Advantages of Offset Printing:

  1. Large quantities are printed at and affordable rate
  2. The more that you will print, the cheaper per piece
  3. Different paper types with customizations can be used
  4. Different custom inks are available
  5. Printing quality is best, more detail and color

Digital Printing

Digital Printing Services from Cornerstone Printing

Digital printing differs from offset printing primarily because it does not require plates, but instead uses a toner, like in an ordinary laser printer. Digital printing also uses larger printers that use liquid ink. When you do not need something printed in bulk, digital printing is the way to go. Digital printing is also best with its variable data capability. When you need each piece to possess its own code, address, or name, you cannot use offset printing. Offset printing is great for a good looking print project, but for those who do not need a large run of over 500, digital printing is ideal.

Advantages of Digital Printing:

  1. For short runs, setup costs are lower
  2. You only need to print the amount that you need
  3. Large quantities are not necessary
  4. Black and white printing are inexpensive
  5. Variable data capability
  6. With the improvement of its technology, digital quality is acceptable to more users