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The Offset Printing Process and Its Advantages


Offset printing is the process of using plates to transfer images into surfaces like paper. It is an old method of printing that developed through time. The need to have low production cost for large quantities prompted the invention and development of the offset printing process. As printing presses are invented they continuously evolved to modern printers. Nowadays, it uses a modern computer-to-plate technique.



Offset printing got its name from the process on how inks are transferred to print an image. The ink is not directly pressed onto the paper. It uses plate cylinders where the image comes. From a metal plate, ink is distributed to an offset cylinder (rubber mat) before it is transferred directly onto the paper through an impression cylinder. 


The process is done because water and ink do not mix. The image is set on a printing plate. It is dampened by oil-based ink and water using rollers on the printing machine. The created image is transferred to the cylinder and then to the paper. 


There are four colors used when printing on paper sheets or cardstocks. The color of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black are mixed to form a final product with good color resolution.


Offset Printing: Benefits from Using an Offset Press to Produce Prints

• Large quantities. Offset printing is popularly known for printing large quantities of prints. The plates are easier to produce and they are reusable. Businesses benefit from this because the printing cost is cheap.
• Same quality on all prints. When printing in offset, the image quality is consistent on all produced pieces. Sharp, clean, and high quality image is done because the same amount of ink is transferred on all prints.


As an old type print production, offset printing is still in use because of its capacity to produce large quantities of prints with high quality results and cheap production cost. You may visit our site or call our customer service representatives if you want more information about offset printing.


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