Digital vs. Offset Printing

January 21, 2010

What’s the difference? Well, that’s what I’m obviously here to tell you.

First we’ll start off with the tried-and-true offset printing.

With offset printing, you get the best image quality which would be perfect if image quality will be an issue. Why this is true is because a lot of today’s presses uses a computer-to-plate system which is better than the earlier computer-to-film system. Film was bad because it had a good chance of getting scratched, and that scratch will show up on the final piece of artwork. Also, offset printing works with a wider range of printing mediums: Paper, Clothing, Wood, and much more.

You also get the ability to have your choice of 1 color, 2 color, 3 color, and 4 color printing (and sometimes 6 color). Digital presses can only do CMYK (4 color).

The biggest factor advantage with offset (to me, at least) is that as you request more units to print, the price of each individual unit goes down. For example, if you order 1000 #10 Envelopes, each envelope will individually cost $.28 while order 5000 units will only cast $.10 each!

On to the digital presses…

With digital, they only have an ability to print in CMYK 4-color process only (as I have stated before). Also, color accuracy does suffer a bit with this and are only able to print on paper.

Print layout accuracy and efficiency is much better on a digital press because ink and water doesn’t need to be balanced.

But the biggest thing is the price of digital presses. 4 Color press jobs on a digital press will rival those prices of a 2 color job on an offset press.

If you need something in a moments notice, the offset printing might take a long time because they have to make the plate, set the inks, load the paper, then you to get your prints. But with a digital press, the turn around time is much much quicker than that because there is less work to do to set it up.

Well, you made it through the article.

Have any questions?

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Custom Printed Envelopes…We Truly Are Custom

December 30, 2009

Now I know a lot of you have probably been there.

You have a special print you need on an envelopes. One that requires you to have full bleed on a 9×12 envelope with a window. A lot of online printers have probably turned you down or couldn’t find anyone to do this for you because your custom request is too custom. To this we say, “BAH!”.

Here at PurpleMonkeyPrinting.com, we will give you a custom quote for such a project. Being that we are an online printer, fill out a custom quote form and you’ll get a quote within 24 hours! Talk about speedy! Yowza!

Also, remember that we are an ALL-IN-ONE online printshop. We print everything ranging from envelopes and postcards to presentation folders and brochures. How sweet would it be if you just went to one store to get your brochures and envelopes printed at rather than resorting to multiple print shops? I say that’s pretty spiffy.

Come on in.

http://www.purplemonkeyprinting.com
Online Printing. Custom Printed Envelopes. Graphic Design.

We’re truly are you’re one-stop shop.

Signing off,
Vun Vun – Your Purple Hued Primate in the Midwest


Hello world!

December 29, 2009

Well!  We finally got a WordPress! Blogging should be pretty fun on this.

Mainly, we’ll be using this to post design tips for Adobe products such as Photoshop, inDesign, Illustrator, and others as well as graphic design tips! We love to blog about that stuff.

Now a little about ourselves if you hadn’t read our profile:

We’re an all-in-one printhouse. By all-in-one, we mean that we specialize in envelope printing AS WELL as commercial print. And by commercial print, we mean that we print things such as presentation folders, letterheads, business cards, postcards, brochures, magazines, and much much more.

If design is not your fortè, we offer design services! If you think your company’s logo is looking a little plain, we’ll design a newer one for you. Even if you need us to design a new stationary product for you, we’ll be at your service.

Through our parent company, we are G7 Proof-to-Print Masters, FSC, SFI, and PEFC certified.

http://www.purplemonkeyprinting.com

Come on in!