Offset vs. Digital Printing

So, what’s the difference between digital printing and offset printing? Printing is printing, right? Not exactly… Let’s take a look at these two printing methods, their differences, and where it makes sense to choose one or the other for your next print project.

offset printing vs digital printing

Offset printing technology uses plates, usually made from aluminum, which are used to transfer an image onto a rubber “blanket”, and then rolling that image onto a sheet of paper. It’s called offset because the ink is not transferred directly onto the paper. Offset printing is the best choice when larger quantities are needed, and provides accurate color reproduction, and crisp, clean professional looking printing.

Digital printing doesn’t use plates the way offset does, but instead uses options such as toner (like in laser printers) or larger printers that do use liquid ink. Digital printing shines when lower quantities are needed. When each piece needs a unique code, name or address, digital is the only way to go. Offset printing cannot accommodate this need.

We got this video from Marilee.co youtube channel to simplify the difference.

Digital fabric printer is a place for design to come to life through the use of digital fabric printing onto polyester. We offer both meterage printing and placement printing for both small and large runs.  Please view all our services above and visit our pricing page for more information on pricing. Should you wish to receive a quote please fill out our enquiry form.

Our principal services that we offer are:

– Meterage printing- Up to 150cm wide, we can print anywhere from 2 metres to 200+ metres of fabric printing. Please view our list of fabrics you can print on or you can also provide your own. Please see our pricing here.

– Placement printing- We offer placement printing for 100 x 75cm squares which is completed in-house. This can be beneficial for sampling, completing panels of dresses, small runs of cushion, creating banners and so forth. Please see our pricing here.