Press Printing Pros and Cons

Published: 12th December 2005
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The introduction of the printing press has made producing multiple copies of a document much easier and convenient. This machine has changed the totality of the written language. It was a breakthrough in spreading literacy in the lower classes as books and other printed materials are now easily reproduced. Many more copies of a document could be made making the documents more available to the masses.

But have you ever wondered how these books, magazines or newspapers are produced? Are these printed materials literally written and colored by the writers? Absolutely not! Just imagine how long it will take to write a single copy of a book. It would seem impossible to actually produce one copy if one has to do it manually. Then how are they able produce thousands of copies in just a short period of time? The answer to that is press printing. Press printing can make copies of words and images by placing ink on paper.

In the past, when the printing press was not yet invented printing a hundred copies of a book can take a year to produce. But after the printing press was developed, it takes only a few months to print not only hundreds but thousands of copies. The printing presses available today can do more things than those available in the past. There are those long ones that can print different colors and those short ones that can print only black colors. There are also those that can connect to a computer to make printing much easier.

The traditional process of press printing has several advantages and disadvantages. Let's begin with the advantages. For one, press printing offers good color precision. This printing technique can create much brighter print outputs. If you are a person who is particular with color precision, press printing may be the right choice for you. You can also use different types of color with press printing. Whether its colored papers or pitch black type, you have the liberty of deciding which is best for your printed material. Additionally, color printing will look smooth and flawless as fine line screens are available with press printing. Wide array of finishing options are also available such as foil stamping, embossing, and die cutting. Hence, using press printing techniques can help you produce materials that really stand out.

On the other hand, press printing can be quite costly. Films and plates need to be produced adding to the overall cost. It is also time consuming as setting up, aligning the press and washing the press needs a considerable amount of time. Then after this process, folding, cutting and other finishing have to be done. Thus, print jobs done with press printing can cost twice as that of digital printing.

Nonetheless, your decision to use press printing in your print jobs depend on you. When you think this printing process is appropriate to your print needs, then by all means avail of this process. After all, you are after the quality of the print job not the manner on how it was produced.

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