The offset, a major printing techniques

Today there are different printing techniques whether for books, newspapers, posters or for packaging. Each uses a different process responsive. Among the most common technical and economical, there is the offset.

Printing techniques

Print-making_2878326bVarious printing methods have been developed following the technological progress and the needs of prints whose number has been increasing with population growth and literacy. Two elements that have favored the growth of printing. Indeed it was longer limited to books or documents. She also extended to posters and packaging for all types of products. Printing has developed new techniques adapted to this diversification and the media used. Each technique then contains advantages and disadvantages depending on usage and needs. The techniques fall into two categories, those using an image carrier, and those who are from scanned data. Among the first there is the offset, letterpress gravure, flexographic, or screen printing. For those who do not use image carrier, there is the laser or thermal printing.

The Offset method

nps300-zoom02The offset is one of the most widespread at present techniques. Replacing lithography, it was created in the US in the early twentieth century. This important process is suitable for all types of publications such as books, posters, newspapers, labels, and can be used on various substrates such as metals, paper, or cardboard. In terms of printing, it is done from a flatbed printer form, that is to say that there is no relief or hollow on the aluminum plate of the printer.One of its features is that it uses water and oily ink, without the two do not mix. The image is a carbon copy of a cylinder, then the printable media. The offset is one of the most economical techniques, which also differs in its speed and ease of use. It allows to reproduce printed in millions of copies.

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large format digital printing

The back end of a digital web pressThe printing is done on digital large format printers, which allow up to 150 cm formats (approximately) wide, with a length of several tens of meters! The most common resolution is 300 dpi or better 600 dpi (high quality). There are a number of possible substrates for digital printing: coated paper, photo paper, Drop Paper, canvas paper, but also cover , vinyl or pVC carrier, etc. with our digital plotter printer, we can print the composition we have possibly created or your own composition (from CD-R, e-mail, floppy, …) with the exported files in EPS, PDF, JPEG, TIFF or paper XPress photoshop illustrator (do not forget to include your fonts and images.) do not hesitate to contact us, or visit us for further information or ask price / quote!

664002Whom are large format digital prints?

LB Digital meets the needs of professionals in technical environment (CAD & GIS) and graphics (creation & production). The printers or plotters, allow professionals to create high quality jobs. They print on a size ranging from 61 cm 152 cm wide, in different languages ​​impressions (Adobe® PDF 1.3, Adobe® PostScript 3 ™, TIFF 6.0, JPEG, CALS / G4, HP-GL / 2, HP RTL) at resolutions close to the silver picture quality, but at a much lower price!

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