What Is The Process Of Digital Printing?by Kim Smith Online Printing Services Digital Printing has redefined the way printing presses worked as it entered the market in the early 90s.
Laser and Inkjet printing methods have become the most famous among the modern printing trend. The big reason why platoons of people and businesses have been flocking to digital printing is that it’s far more simple and faster. In digital printing, the printers get a very simple image in file formats like PDFs, Jpeg (designed specifically for digital mediums). Graphics software applications like Photoshop or Lightroom as well supply these files directly to the printer. Thanks to this digital supply of the image, printing businesses can easily cut back on the expenditure of the plate.
Since the process of digital printing doesn’t include the plates generally needed in conventional printing methods, it has become the go-to choice for small-scale print production.
Not only can you print as you like but also as many copies as you like. And, it’s especially great if you have only small printing requests.
What Really Happens in Digital Printing?
Check out the different processes of digital printing:
- Dye-sublimation is a famous process in which heat transfers a dye on the surface of the substrate. Dye-sub printers generally have application in textile printing and are also favored for photographic prints as they require more details. Depending on the technology, some printers can also print on an array of surface materials like fabric, paper, cups, plastic, etc.
- The Direct thermal printing process involves heat usage to alter the color of special coating layers applied to the paper. This process is particularly famous for printing cash registers, adding markings like numbers to different types of products. In the direct thermal printing process, printers apply transparent ink to the surface and further subject it to laser heat that changes the ink’s color.
- There’s also a thermal ink transfer printing process in which heat melts the print off the ribbons and bring them to the substrate. It famous for proofing devices but has become rather scarce these days.
In Digital printing, two technologies are incredibly popular:
- Inkjet – Small droplets of ink create the image as they the print heads propel them forward. Inkjet devices can print paper, doors, plastic, floor tiles, canvas and a large variety of substrates. Inkjets are famous for printing posters and signage through and is very economical for photo books or books in the small run.
- Xerography – In xerographic printers (like laser printers), a charge to the metal cylinder is used to form the image for printing it. The electrical charge attracts the toner particles that further get transferred to the substrate for printing.
Digital printing processes have gradually replaced offset, flexo, and even screen printing. It is largely used for the short run or small batches of small format (A3 size) papers in black and white as well as color.
- Digital printing also prints customized labels, billboards, decals, etc.
- A number of small format printers print on phone cases, specialty products, mugs, etc.
The process of digital printing is much simple, less laborious and doesn’t cost as much as other mainstream and traditional forms of printing. It effectively prints short batches of books and magazines without compromising with quality.
Moreover, digital printing is simple and lets you make hassle free prints at home without worrying about the volume of prints.
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