Offset printing technology uses plates, usually made from aluminum, which are used to transfer an image onto a rubber "blanket", and then rolling that image onto a sheet of paper. It's called offset because the ink is not transferred directly onto the paper. Because offset presses run so efficiently once they are set up, offset printing is the best choice when larger quantities are needed, and provides accurate color reproduction, and crisp, clean professional looking printing.
Digital printing doesn't use plates the way offset does, but instead uses options such as toner (like in laser printers) or larger printers that do use liquid ink. Digital printing shines when lower quantities are needed; think of a run of 20 greeting cards or 100 flyers. Another benefit of digital printing is it's variable data capability. When each piece needs a unique code, name or address, digital is the only way to go.
In today's highly-competitive business environment, distinctly unique marketing materials enable you to stand apart from your competitors and pique the interest of current and potential customers. Our knowledgeable print consultants will find the right solution for your custom printing project from a wide selection of products and options to create a look that is as unique as your business.
Large Format Printing
When you're ready to go BIG, we've got your back! We offer a wide range of large format printing services that can accommodate your unique requirements. With high resolution, vibrant colors, durable materials, UV gloss protection, and custom finishes you can count on a professional-quality, large format piece. We can print banners up to five feet wide and forty-eight feet in length. The flexibility of our digital printing allows you to print a single large poster, or incorporate variable data on a larger run. We print on a wide range of materials that can accommodate long-term, outdoor use. The best part is that our expertise in printing and our world-class customer service is available to help your project be a success.
involves creating a stencil, known as a screen, and then using that screen to apply ink on the printing surface. Each individual color is applied using a different screen, one at a time, combined to achieve the final look. The more colors a design has, the more screens that are needed, and the more setup time required.
The ink in screen printing is applied thicker than digital or offset printing, which results in brighter colors - even on darker shirts. Screen printing is the best option for designs that require a high level of vibrancy, specialty products, or for quantities greater than 6 pieces.
Heat Transfer / Sublimation
When it comes to heat printing and sublimation printing applications, the overall two-step process is essentially the same in both styles. Your first step is printing your custom design out onto your designated paper. The next step is heat pressing the design onto your substrate of choice.
The primary difference between the two applications is that only the ink transfers with sublimation, while with heat transfer papers there is usually a transfer layer that is also transferred over as well. This is true of most paper types. Depending on the types of garments and substrates one is looking to decorate, one application may be more beneficial to the decorator than the other.