What is Digital Printing?

Despite the fact that I design letterpress and screen invitations, I also make many invitations with digital printing and stationery for the wedding day, such as ceremony programs, t shirt printing, letterhead design, menus, escort cards, Business Cards, letterheads, glass painting and much more. I am sure that you have a good understanding of what digital printing is; Most of us have home or office printers, and the digital printing I use for invitations is similar, but with a more attractive and larger printer.

Unlike offset or letterpress printing, when printing forms plates are used, digitally printed invitations are printed directly from a digital file on a computer. Digital printers simultaneously transfer four ink colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) onto the paper, creating full-color printing after only one pass through the printer - this means that each invitation prints less time and is cheaper to manufacture than other printing methods. Unlike letterpress, which leaves a bumpy impression, and engraving, which produces bold text, digital printing creates a flat image without any texture.

Digital printing is the most commonly used printing system because it’s quick and economical.  Since printing plates aren’t needed, it’s a cost-effective form to print a low amount of sections (like 50 invitations, for example), and you aren’t limited to the number of colors you can use in one piece.  That implies it’s a great way to reproduce considered imagery (think collages, hand-drawn illustrations, or paintings).

The Printing Process

There are two common varieties of digital printers: laser and inkjet. Laser printers use lasers beams, electrical bits, heat, and plastic chemical particles called toners to produce images, while inkjet printers scatter spry ink from cartridges right onto the paper.

Typically, laser printers handle model types and graphics more beneficial than ink nozzles, and ink outlets are better for photographs. If you purchase a home printer, ink nozzles are cheaper in advance, but ink cartridges can make them more valuable in the long run.

Talking of home printers, the quality of printers is much different, as you have surely seen. The printer you own at home is not as good as the on-demand printer on the street, and this printer may not produce such high-quality devices as a more general professional printer.

Tips and Advice

Fortunately, obtaining proof of working with digital printing is economical or even free, so if you go the way homemade, it's worth trying other companies to find the right prospects. You also need to make sure that the company you work with can print on the paper you choose and pay attention to details such as perfectly centered edges of the invitation if they cut and bend for you.

I often propose digital printing to everyone who do not have a budget for something like typography, but who still want modern, well-designed and / or fully personalized invitations. However, digital printing has its limitations: the paper must withstand heat and pass along a curved or straight path in the printer, which means that it has a limited paper density and thickness.

In addition, a lighter weight paper may give a more informal look than other printing methods, such as engraving or letterpress printing. But saving money in the printing process can mean extra budget for things like a belly button, lining the envelope, and printing on envelopes (which are also great ways to formalize your invitation). And if you play handmade images, this is often the best (or only!) Route to follow.


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