Difference Between Offset Printing vs Digital Printing

by Anuradha Gokhale Marketing
Offset Printing

Offset printing is a process that separates an image into four plates. One each of cyan, magenta, yellow and black color values.

Each plate transfers its part of the image to a rubber blanket which then imprints the paper. Because there are few steps involved this process should only be used for printing large quantities of 250 or more to be cost effective.

Offset printing produces a consistent high-quality image that is more crisp and clear than what digital printing can produce. However offset printers can only print posters up to 22 by 28 inches.

Offset ink is a specific type of ink used in conjunction with offset printing presses such as those used to produce letterpress or lithography prints.

Digital Printing

Large format digital printing is a much simpler process that prints digitally based images directly onto paper. It's a great option if you have a smaller quantity or if you need a post imprinted quickly.

It also allows you to print larger posters than offset printing presses can produce. Large format digital printing is also used for variable data when you want to customize each print.

Digital printing produces a slight loss in image detail compared to an offset print, so if your art has a lot of detail or small text you may be more satisfied with the quality of offset printing.

Digital printing ink deliver the pigment to the media and to bind it to the media’s surface.

Here are the key points to consider when debating between offset or digital printing

Offset Printing

  • Large Quantities
  • High Image Quality
  • Longer Turn-around Time
  • Limited Size: 28" by 22"

Digital Printing

  • Low-cost Short Runs
  • Less Steps
  • Variable Data (Customization of Each Print)
  • Can Print Upto 50" by 144"

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