WHAT IS OFFSET PRINTING?
Offset printing uses rubber or metal plates to transfer images onto paper media. A printed piece can be printed on individual sheets that are fed into a press (sheet-fed) or on a large roll of paper that’s later trimmed to final size (web-fed).
COLORS AND FINISHES
Offset printers use CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) 4 color process or spot colors to print. You can also use white ink, soy-based inks, or metallic inks with offset printing. For an exact color match we use The Pantone Matching System (PMS) which is the most well-known and widely used standard for spot colors. Pantone colors offer a wide spectrum of exact match colors so that you can print hues that can’t be matched by using CMYK. You can access PANTONE COLORS HERE or contact us for samples.
Additional coatings like aqueous coating or Soft Touch® finish can be added to the paper to add a distinct, high-end look and feel to the paper. Here is a list of other finishing options for offset printing:
- AQUEOUS COATING
- DIE CUTTING
- EMBOSSING and DE-BOSSING
- FOIL STAMPING
- METALLIC INKS
- RAISED LETTERS (Thermography)
- SOFT TOUCH® COATING
- SPOT VARNISH
WHEN SHOULD I USE OFFSET PRINTING?
Offset printing is ideal for large quantities of paper. If a particular spot color is needed, offset printing is also the best option. When a heavy paper (cover stock) or special material is needed we recommend screen printing.
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MAKE IT POP WITH SPECIAL SHAPES AND FINISHES
Raised letters (Thermography), die-cutting and Soft Touch® Coating can make your printed piece stand out. Imagine a clear, glossy text over matte paper finish for an elegant look. Combine a glossy cover with matte interior pages or show your catalog recipients that you care by printing with soy-based inks and recycled paper.