What Can Digital Printing Do For You?

Many people are not familiar with the basic uses and advantages of digital printing, or even what digital printing is. In a past blog post, we have covered specifically what digital printing is in great detail, but I will go over a quick recap now before I get to what digital printing can do for you.

What is Digital and Offset Printing?

To start off, there are two main forms of printing used today, digital printing and conventional (offset) printing. Digital printing is the process of printing a digital image onto paper in a very similar way a home printer would. Offset printing is when inked plates are pressed into a soft roller, and then the roller is applied to the print surface in order to transfer the final image. Each type has their advantages and disadvantages, however I will now focus on why digital printing may be right for you.

Digital Printing Pros

Digital printing has distinct advantages over offset printing. These advantages include:

  • Cheaper prices for short-runs (0-500 copies)
  • Fast turnaround time (The printing process is faster)
  • Ability to receive accurate proofs for little or no cost
  • Each copy can be personalized (offset prints are all exact copies)

A seasoned Replica Printing Services customer would notice that the advantages of digital printing are the types of qualities we emphasize in our business. At Replica, we hone in on same day/next day printing, affordable short run prices and we provide proofs before any large scale printing so you know exactly what print you will be receiving. As a digital printer, these are the things we are built to provide the customer.


Why Digital Printing Is A Greener Way To Print

The other major advantage of digital printing is that it is inherently a greener way to print, which can be seen in a multitude of ways.

  • Digital printers emit little to no VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Digital printers do not require the chemical cleaning agents that offset printers do
  • Digital printers are so safe that they can be used in office settings without the application of powerful ventilation systems that offset printers require

Furthermore, the ability for digital printers to print affordable short-runs makes them green as well. In the past, companies would only print large quantities of material because it was what was economically viable. Now that short-run prints are possible, companies have the flexibility to target a smaller amount of consumers. This cuts down pollution in multiple areas such as the power that is saved when less material is printed in addition to consumers wasting less material overall due to the reduction in mass printed material.


Why Offset Printing Might Be For You

So it can certainly be said that digital printing has its advantages in various areas, but that does not always mean it is what is right for each and every customer. While digital printing is cheaper for short-run prints, it is more expensive per page than offset printing. The reason it is cheaper in short-run prints is that there is no barrier to entry as there is for offset printing. When using offset printing, there is a large initial cost of creating the custom plates that will be used for the job, however if it is a long-run print then offset prints would still be cheaper due to the lower cost per page amount. Beyond the pricing for long-run prints, offset printing has another advantage; it can still have a higher print quality than digital prints. With the great technological development of digital printing in recent history, the quality disparity between digital printing and offset printing is small. For many prints, it would take a trained eye to decipher what type of printer was used to print a particular piece of material. However, as it pertains to certain professions, it may be imperative to gain the highest quality print for projects. For this to be achieved, a good offset printer with a good team will produce higher quality prints compared to a digital printer.


At Replica we understand that digital printing is not for everyone. However, we do believe that it is applicable for the majority of print jobs. If you are looking to print a short-run project, get easy and accurate proofs, receive your prints quickly, or even if you are just looking for a printer with a minimal environmental impact, then digital printing is probably right for you. At Replica we can accomplish all of these things with you during your printing process and we hope you choose us for any of your digital printing needs.


27 thoughts on “What Can Digital Printing Do For You?”

  1. This is some really good information about digital printing. I didn’t realize that it will make printing short burst easier. It seems like a good thing to look into you need to print flyers or invitations to things.

  2. I had no idea that it was more environmentally friendly to print digitally. It definitely makes sense though because they do not need cleaning chemicals that are necessary for alternative offset printers. We ought to pursue as many avenues was we can to save the earth, using a digital printer should be included.

  3. Thanks for this info. After reading this, My dad is now planning to have digitally printed brochures. He’s now looking up some printing services to assist him.

  4. I liked that you explained that you can get some green digital printing done. That is so cool to know because I try to be as green as I can possibly be. So, the next time I need to something printed I might want to look into that.

  5. I’m impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Great work!! Keep it up :)

  6. Thanks for helping me learn more about digital printing. I actually didn’t know that it doesn’t need chemical cleaning agents like other printers, making it a more green solution. I’m kind of interested to learn if this is the case for large-scale printing jobs as well.

  7. I like what you said about digital printing and how it has the ability to receive accurate proofs for little or no cost. DIgital printing is a great way to get quality images at an affordable price. If I were to need the services of a digital printing company, I would make sure to find the best business in my community to get the job done.

  8. I love this post but just a tip… you should really write longer articles. I hear it helps a lot with getting new visitors. And I think your writing style would keep people really interested in what you had to say about all of this. And you know if you are not on Instagram, you should be. I know you can’t put text up, but just throw in a few pics and build an audience there. I think you’d find a ton of people who would be super interested in your blog here.

    1. Hey Chris, thanks for taking the time to comment! We appreciate the feedback, and we’re glad you found this post helpful. We do have an Instagram. You should follow us @ReplicaPrintingServices.

    1. Hi Debra, thanks for the feedback! We pride ourselves on being as informative as possible to help with all types of projects! Happy printing!

  9. Digital production print technology is of better quality than offset printing. Digital printing quality improving day by day. It has many other advantages. In my opinion, one-day digital printing replaces all offset printing.

  10. Hello, I have browsed most of your posts. This post is probably where I got the most useful information for my research. Thanks for posting, maybe we can see more on this.

  11. I like what you said about digital printing since it doesn’t need chemical cleaning agents. My sister wants to get some printing done for her business soon. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for professionals who can help her with this.

    1. That’s great! We’d love to help her with any business printing she may need! We specialize in flyers, business cards, brochures, posters and so much more! Feel free to reach out anytime via email (Orders@replicaprinting.com) or phone (858-549-5380) & one of our print experts would be delighted to help! Happy printing!

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