Digital and Lithographic Printing

R & K Robinson supply a wide range of both digitally printed and litho printed stationery.  The following information explains the differences between the two printing methods:

Digital print

This method of printing is ideal for short print runs and also offers a very quick turnaround due to quick set up and no drying time being needed.  There are no plates involved unlike litho printing which enables every impression on the paper to be different.

With digital printing, the ink does not absorb into the paper making this printing method unsuitable for jobs that need to be overprinted in a laser printer due to the heat generated by the laser printer.  Digital print can be used without problems in inkjet printers.

With quick set up and no plates being needed, short runs of digital print are cheaper than litho printing but the printing speed is slower than a litho press so for higher volume work, litho printing is more cost effective.

Lithographic print

Litho offset printing is where a metal plate is treated so that the image area attracts the oil-based inks and the wet non-image areas resist them.  The plate is attached to a cylinder in the press and the ink transfers to an offset rubber blanket and then to the paper, board or other material which absorbs the ink.   

Litho printing is used for printing larger quantities of the same image as it is more cost effective than digital printing.  Jobs can be printed in Pantone spot colours or CMYK unlike digital print which only prints in CMYK.

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