The world of print can be very confusing so here is a quick guide on basic answers to which of the many print options are best suited to your project.
At some point you will want to produce some proofs before the full print run. Desktop ink-jet and laser printers are OK for proofing text and general layout but for precise color proofs, Dye-sublimation printers are much better for high-end proofing.
Books, Newsletters, Brochures:
Offset lithography is the most commonly used commercial printing process. Print projects like glossy magazines and brochures using spot colour or full colour photographs will also use offset printing.
Digital printing, is another lower-cost option for black & white or short run colour projects with a good quality similar to high quality laser printing.
Business Cards, Letterhead:
As well as using offset lithograph printing, engraving is often used for fine letterhead. Thermography is often used in place of the more expensive engraving process to produce raised print.
Offset lithograph, flexographic printing, and gravure printing are all great choices when the quantity and quality required are above the abilities of a desktop printer.
Paper, Plastic, or Foil Packaging:
Both flexography and gravure printing may be used for things such as paper and plastic bags etc.
Signs, Posters, Fine Art Prints:
As well as the usual offset lithograph printing, Screen printing works for many other projects including signs and posters. Digital printing methods, including ink-jet/lazerjet, are also good options.
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