When will digital printing overtake offset printing?

When Will Digital Printing Overtake Offset Printing?


There’s been a lot of debate about digital printing overtaking offset printing and when this will happen. There’s also lots of confusion about what offset printing actually is and the benefits of digital printing versus offset printing.

Many consider offset printing better quality than digital printing which was definitely the case early on but digital printing technologies have come a long way in the last decade.

Truth is, both options have their own unique benefits so it’s more a matter of which option is best for your individual print project than one being better quality than the other.

To answer the question of when digital printing will overtake offset printing, we should first address the following:

How to Plan a Seamless Print Project

Follow these simple steps to ensure you save time and money on your next print project:

1. What do you need?

Quantity - Consider what is the minimum and maximum quantity you’re likely to use?

Size – Can you use one of the following standard sizes or do you need a custom fit? Always measure and quote custom size jobs in millimetres to be exact.

  • A0 (1189 x 841mm)
  • A1 (841 x 594mm)
  • A2 (594 x 420mm)
  • A3 (420 x 297mm)
  • A4 (210 x 297mm)
  • A5 (210 x 148mm)
  • A6 (105 x 148mm)
  • DL (210 x 99mm)

Paper stock/ Substrate – For paper stocks you’ll need to decide on the following:

  • Thickness – 80gsm, 90gsm, 150gsm, 250gsm, 300gms?
  • Finish – gloss, matt, uncoated, textured, recycled, adhesive, NCR?

Or do you need something more durable than paper? - vinyl stickers, vinyl banners, corflute signs, banner printing, pull up banners, a-frame signs, flag banners

Number of pages – Single, double sided or multipage brochures/booklets? What is the total number of printed pages required for multipage?

Finishes - laminating, spot gloss varnish, cut to shape, folding, perforating, padding, binding, etc.

Health Check Your Business Printing and Stationery Needs

Do you manage your office or business’s stationary and other printed materials? When was the last time you did a health check of what and how you are your ordering these essential items? Much like many other parts of your business, it pays to regularly health check your business stationary ordering once every 12 months, to ensure you are ordering in the most sustainable, useful and cost-effective way.