The Main Digital Printing Methods

First – What is digital printing?

Printing digitally is a technology that permits the linking of printing presses to computers which proves beneficial in a number of ways: faster turnaround times, lowered production and setup costs, and the ability to personalize documents easier. This

Second – The Digital Process

Gathering your information, i.e. image, text, or both through an analog means like scanning in your document or through a digital means like a digital camera or word processor document.

Converting your information; your file format needs to be converted to a useable file, such as TIFF, or EPS.

Setting your layout.

Printing can start almost immediately after your design and layout is set.

Third – Printing Methods in the Digital Realm

There are many different ways of printing in the digital printing realm. Here are some examples of the methods used by printing companies:

Inkjet – Currently, inkjet printing is the primary printer technology for home, home offices, and many small businesses. Inkjet printers are inexpensive and produce good color output but can be slow. Best results are normally achieved when printing to specially coated inkjet or photo papers.

Thermal Wax – Thermal wax printers produce vibrant color but require very smooth or specially coated paper or transparencies for best output. Thermal wax printing technology works well for businesses that need to produce large quantities of transparencies for colorful business presentations.

Dye Sublimation – Dye-sublimation printing methods are favored by some graphic designers for high-end proofing and by some businesses that want to produce the best possible color materials in-house.

Electrostatic – Electrostatic printing is a process for printing or copying in which electrostatic forces are used to form the image in powder or ink directly on the surface to be printed; the process basically uses toner instead of ink to add color spotlessly to produce media, decorative or package printing.

Spray Jet – This printing process is similar to the Inkjet process, however the ink is applied to the substrate using spray nozzles.

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