Offset Printing Explained

Have you heard about offset printing services, but you’re not really clear as to what offset printing is exactly? This blog post will help educate you on today’s most popular printing process.

In a nutshell, offset printing is where an image is transferred from a plate —> to a rubber blanket —> to paper. This process was discovered accidentally by Ira Washington Rubel in 1903.

Offset printing is usually combined with the lithographic process to take advantage of the repulsion of oil and water. The plate that contains the image (that makes contact with the ink roller) has sections of a water-based film that repels the ink — this film is used for the non-printing areas of the plate.

Offset printing (right now) is the most common print process for high-volume jobs because of the strong combination of quality and efficiency.

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