You may be familiar with digital or maybe screen printing. But what about offset printing? Have you ever heard or know about it before? 

Offset printing is one of many printing methods such as digital and screen printing. But, of course, it is not the same as digital or screen printing!  

What makes offset printing different? What exactly is offset printing? How does it work? And how about the pros and cons of it? 

To know more about offset printing, maybe a few points below can help you to find the answers!   

1. What Is Offset Printing? 

Okay, on this first point, we are going to answer the most basic question that you should know to get a better understanding of offset printing. 

Offset printing is not a modern printing method such as digital printing. It is one of the traditional printing methods when an image is created on a plate, then transferred to a rubber blanket, and finally impressed onto the printing surface.  

2. What Makes It Different? 

If you noticed in the last point, there was mentioned that you need to create the image on the plate before the print can finally be made. The use of plate is one of the main differences between offset printing and any other methods. Compared to digital printing when you can directly print your electronic documents onto various media with it.  With offset printing, however, you have to prepare the plate before you can start printing. 

3. What About the Advantages of Offset Printing? 

There are lots of good things or advantage about offset printing. So, let's take a look at some of them below! 

  • Offset printing is the right choice for those of you who want to print in large quantities. Why? Because the more prints you make, the cheaper the price will be. Or in a simple term, you can pay a lower cost for high volume jobs. 
  • When it comes to quality, offset printing produces consistently high-quality results. That is why you can be sure that each of the results will have the same quality and look identical. 
  • Another good thing about offset printing is that you can print on a variety of surfaces or materials. For instances, you can print on paper, vinyl, plastic, or even leather.  

4. What About the Disadvantages of It? 

There are several disadvantages of offset printing. Here are some of them! 

  • Yes, offset printing is a great choice for printing in high volumes. But, when you print in small to medium volumes, the price will be more expensive than if you print with digital printing. 
  • You need to create the plate before can start printing. Because of that, you need to invest more time and money at the beginning of the process.  
  • Compared to digital printing, offset printing is not that flexible for some corrections or modifications. Why? Because you have to rework or even change the plate first if there is anything that needs to be repaired or corrected.