Offset Printing

What is offset printing used for?

Offset Printing is a widely used commercial printing technique that produces consistent and high quality printed materials. As a general rule, this technique is used for production runs of 1,000 or more pieces. The offset printing method is also commonly used for gang or combo runs.

What is the difference between digital and offset printing?

Generally speaking, offset printing works by transferring ink from a plate to a rubber sheet, which then rolls the ink onto paper, vinyl or other surface. This is in contrast to digital printing, which does not use plates to transfer ink to paper.

What is dry offset printing?

Dry offset, also called Letterset, or Indirect Relief Printing, offset printing process combining the characteristics of letterpress and offset. A special plate prints directly onto the blanket of an offset press, and the blanket then offsets the image onto the paper.

Why is offset printing called offset?

The inked area is then transferred to a rubber cylinder or “blanket” and then onto the paper as it passes around the blanket. The process is called “offset” since the image doesn’t go directly from the plates to the paper, but is offset or transferred to another surface as an intermediary.

What is 4 color offset printing?

4-Color Process uses Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black inks. … Because of its widespread use in both offset and digital printing, 4-Color Process is much more affordable today than in years past. As its name implies, 4 ink colors are used in 4-Color Process printing.

Are offset lithographs valuable?

In general, print runs of lithographs are kept low to preserve the value of each individual print. While a lithograph will rarely bring as much as the original artwork, they can be quite valuable even while being relatively more affordable.