Offset-Printing

Offset-Printing

Offset printing is a term used to describe the printing technique in which the inked image is transferred (or “offset”) from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printed surface. The printed surface may be anything from a standard letter sized envelope or letterhead paper to a less common item such as a small invitation envelope. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion between oil and water, the offset technique employs a flat image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printed area attracts a film of water, keeping the non-printed areas ink-free.

At Precision Print offset-printing allows us to produce items for our customers that would otherwise not be possible with a digital printer. One example of the limitation of the digital printing process is metallic inks; our offset press allows us to produce this option for such items as wedding invitations or for printing on a dark colour stock. With offset printing, our press operator is able to produce high volume and quality items with enough “precision” to make our name proud.