Offset Printing

Image76 utilizes offset printing when producing large quantities of high quality prints. Offset printing is a commonly used printing method where the inked image is transferred (or “offset”) from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the paper’s surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion of oil and water, the offset technique employs a printing plate that obtains ink from rollers, while the non-printing area of the plate attracts a water-based film (called “fountain solution”), keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.

Image76 takes advantage of a computer-to-plate system, as opposed to workflows that further increase time and cost. A process that once took hours to produce a plate is now achieved in just a few minutes, which saves our clients time and money. Compared to other printing methods, offset printing is best suited for cost-effectively producing larger volumes of high quality prints in an economically sound manner.

Advantages of offset printing compared to digital printing include:

. Offset printing is the more economical method to produce high quality printing in large quantities (generally 5,000 pieces or more).

. Many printed products, such as envelopes, can only be produced efficiently with a high degree of quality via offset printing.

. Letterhead is best suited for offset printing. When the end user imprints a letter onto the preprinted letterhead, the use of desktop printers other than inkjet use a heating process to fuse toner onto the paper. This process can melt the toner applied during a digital printing process, Thus, offset printing is the best choice specifically for letterhead.

Many variables determine the best print method for a specific job, including the size of the print run, desired turnaround time, the size of the finished piece, and the needs of each client.  The experts at Image76 know both offset and digital printing and work with our clients to determine the best print methods for each specific job.

Offset Printing Services: Logo Design, Logo Updating, Layout, Typesetting and Automation Mail Compliance. Business Cards, Letterhead, Envelopes, Brochures, Information Packets, Newsletters, Invitations, Reply Envelopes, Rack Cards, Programs, Booklets, Data Sheets, Forms, Annual Reports and Manuals.

Finishing Services: Wire Binding, Collating, Shrink Wrapping, Folding, Stitching and Trimming.