We call offset printing traditional printing and digital printing personalized printing. Offset printing needs to produce CTP (computer-to-plate), but digital printing doesn’t need to produce any printing plates.
If you print more than 200pcs, offset printing is more competitive. That means offset printing is better for printing large quantity. If you print less than 100pcs, digital printing is a better choice. Digital printing is suitable for small quantity printing and personalized printing.
Offset printing should produce CTP, from plate to a rubber roller, then to the paper. For offset printing, the prepress process is very important, especially the artwork checking before printing mass products.
Offset printing can produce sharp and clean images. And offset printing can print on the paper from 64gsm paper to 400gsm paper. Offset printing is the cheapest printing method with high quality printing in commercial printing and publishing printing.
Even though eBook is developing well, but in recent years, offset printing didn’t decline in China.
Digital printing is a higher price per page than the offset printing method. If each print is changed, digital printing is the best choice. Digital printing also has advantage in large format printing. Because digital printing doesn’t need to produce a printing plate, the delivery time is fast.
Offset printing: high quality, quantity 200-50000pcs, low cost.
Digital printing: regular quality, small quantity, high cost.
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