Printing services are not that simple anymore. These days you have different options for materials and procedures depending on your requirements. The quality of the products is becoming increasingly impressive. High quality printing is not only reserved for documents and objects with flat surfaces today but also mugs toys golf balls and other items in unique shapes and surfaces.
To help you know which printing process best suits your needs here are the widely used types in professional printing.
Digital printing is probably the most popular printing method since it was introduced recently. Innovative computer applications and printers have made it possible for you to get this option that produces fine print media faster than traditional print methods with a selected range of paper products. Without using movies and plates used in older print services this procedure is a direct transfer of a digital file from the computer to a compatible printer. However this is limited to reproducing images on flat paper surfaces such as plain paper and boards and photographic papers. But there are some printers that allow reproduction on film fabric and plastic as well. Compared to offset lithography and other older processes that can create multiple volumes of work digital printing is only suitable for short requirements which means about 500 copies or less.
For digital printing offset lithography was a favorite among all printing procedures. For many its still their choice of digital because its more cost effective especially for color printing. In a nutshell the process involves transferring or shifting a colored image from a metal plate to a rubber blanket and then to the paper stock. Using the basics of lithography what happens in the process the image carrier attracts ink from ink rolls while the nonprinted area only attracts a water film and is ink free.
Unless otherwise specified in their list of print services the printers usually offer offset lithography. It is used for almost all bulk printing requirements on paper. Most common are newspapers magazines brochures CD covers and many others.
Apart from these two procedures traditional screen printing is where the ink is forced through a screen of the material for which the image is intended. Therefore it is sometimes called silk screening. In recent years many improvements have been made in this procedure but the basic principle is the same. The ink is still pressed on a printing surface through a pointed material like a framed wire mesh or stone coated fabric.
It usually costs reasonable but the technology is of course boring and could not be done even faster with the availability of automated screen printing. However even if it is slower than other printing processes the method can not be replaced when reproducing images on certain materials and surfaces. Silk screening is the recommended procedure for getting quality images on mugs clothes stickers bottles and other items with unique shapes and details.
There are other printing services that you can choose from but they are the most common and easily available in many countries. To get the best output from your print shop you should see which process best suits your printing needs.
Finally you should do some online surveys to find out what other customers have said about a particular company. There are many blogs forums and consumer feedback sites out there that people will turn to if they feel that they have had exceptional service from a printer. There are also consumer complaints websites and Better Business Bureau for those who feel they have not been treated fairly. If the printer you have in mind has very good reviews then proceed. On the other hand if they have received much complaints about them you should think twice.
Printing Services Melbourne such as digital printing offset lithography and screen printing is available at Australian Printing & Promotions. Visit their website to learn more about their image reproduction on various paper products and other materials with unique shapes and surfaces.