As one of the oldest sectors, there are countless commercial printing options , but what exactly are the differences in printing methods and services, and which one is the best choice for your project? There are three key factors that would help you find what kind of printing services is best for you and your budget. Production speed, quality, and quantity.
Provided below is a rundown of the kinds of commercial printing services and everything that you need to know about them.
If you only need a couple of flyers to be printed then a desktop printer is a good option. Whether it is an inkjet or laser, printers you have in your office or home can create instant copies with good quality when utilizing good paper. When your quantity requirements increase, however, your actual paper and ink cost could get costly as a DIYer. To lower the per piece expenses, or if you would like higher quality, special printing effects or maybe promotional printing on substrates other than paper, you will need to find a printing service for your project.
A digital file will be sent from a computer to a toner based copier or digital press. Since there are lower set up costs, digital printing services are cheaper for low run printing like 100 postcards or flyers, or a few posters, or for making complex document compilations like training manuals. Another reason to use digital commercial printing Myrtle Beach is its fast turnaround time. However, when it comes to having that professional look, digital printing lacks some of it especially when compared to conventional commercial offset lithography printing, but as the equipment these days continue to improve, it is getting much closer.
Offset printing is the most common type of printing service. The process involves transferring ink or offsetting ink, from metal plants into a rubber blanket or cylinder and then to the paper. This method of printing can accommodate massive commercial printing needs. Business cards, catalogs, postcards, and glossy brochures are common projects done through offset printing. The advantages include higher quality color and details and cheaper unit cost for volume quantities. The process can take a bit longer compared to digital printing.
Rotogravure presses are by far the widest and fastest presses in operation and they are mostly utilized for great industrial runs of magazines as well as direct mail catalogs.
Thermography, Engraving, Screen Printing, and Flexography
If you are using fine stationary, then engraving is the best process. Meanwhile, if you need a raised printing or engraved effect, then you need thermography. Flexography is used on food labels and other packaging. It could also be used to print on non paper mediums like plastic, cellophane, and metallic films. Lastly, screen printing works well for billboards and T-shirts.
Call Unlimited Printing & Signs if you are looking for a commercial printer that can handle all of your commercial printing needs.
Unlimited Printing & Signs
2408 Madison Drive Suite 101
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582