Difference between Digital and offset
Digital printing hasn’t been around as long as offset. Our printer uses toner (looks like powder) instead of your regular household printer ink. The toner is transferred to a plastic sheet and then the image gets transferred onto paper. Afterwards, heat is used along with fuse oil to set the toner permanently onto the paper. Digital machines reduce set-up time, waste, and cost.
If you were to compare our digital prints to offset, there wouldn’t be too much of a difference since the quality is good on digital. Offset has been around since the 1800s and works by transferring ink onto a plate and this in turn goes onto a rubber sheet which will then be rolled onto paper. Offset is generally regarded as higher quality printing. Larger sheets are available for printing on offset and the process is quicker. Offset is a better option for larger amounts and specialty effects (like Spot UV (shiny areas on a silk card), plastic and foil).
Silk Lamination and Spot UV
Chile Media is the first provider to provide silk in the print world and offer the best product the marketplace has yet to seen…Silk. Silk Lamination and Silk Lamination with Spot UV helped us carve a niche for ourselves and today we are coined as a leader in specialty print processes that are impactful yet easy on the budget.
Items available for Offset Printing
(smaller quantities may be able to be printed in-house)
In-House Folding Services
Double Gate Fold
Double Parallel Fold
In-House Bindery Services
Hole Punching (8.5×11 size paper only)
Wire Binding Single and double coil
Lamination services (available in Mate or Gloss .3 mil -.5 mil – .10 mil)
Perfect Bind or Book Bind
Scoring or Line Scoring
For what products will you need to send to print offset?
Generally we will send out to print offset when the amount is larger than 1000 prints, when the print requires specific treatments (i.e. spot UV or foil) or when then items needs to be printed on (i.e. presentation folders).
Does offset printing take longer?
Yes, there are some product that have to be sent out so generally they take longer to deliver since typically they are printed overseas.
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