Types of Printing
4 Color Printing
Spot Color Printing
When the mixture of CMYK is unable to produce a clear picture by halftone dots printing, and when specific instruction on 100% single color printing required by user, a specific color is generated to accommodate the printing needs.
When printing colors such as gold, silver, fluorescent and other color where can’t be reproduced by CMYK, white and grayscale printing will be used.
Red printing is currently using white as spot colors.
6 Color Printing
Orange and purple color can be added to generate six color printing, as well as inks such as light cyan, light magenta, light gray, etc. are also applicable.
When six color printing system is selected on our website, we will produce the print by adding light cyan and light magenta into basic CMYK printing system.
Colors differences may occur between four and six color printing while six color printing system is well suited for thin monochrome and photographs printing that requires more colors combination.
Data Confirmation Formatting (Generate Printing Data ) CTP Output (Create Printing Plate ) Printing Post Processing Complete
Offset printing is one of the most popular mass printing method.
The process begins with data separation into four basic colors of CMYK, and then a master plate will be created using a metal plate which will then be installed onto the press.
Based on the repulsion principle of water and oil (ink), the ink and the blanket are then transferred to the rubber plate, and finally to the printing surface.
It is not a direct printing method where the ink goes directly onto the printing paper, instead, offset printing utilizes a rubber plate to transfer the desired image on paper surface and create a good quality print.
Spot color printing system is also applicable where gold, silver, fluorescent and other colors can be printed by mixing the colors separately.
Back Staining (Offset)
This happens due to differences in absorption rate and drying speed of each piece of paper.
This incident is usually prevented by using fine powder, however, over used of fine powder may create difficulties during finishing process or may leads to low quality production, hence, printing on a thick and wide area is not called offset printing, instead, it is called UV offset print.
UV Offset Printing
This printing method enhances print quality and improves the printing process.
It is highly printable on a variety of materials such as PET, PP as well as normal paper with an advantage of instant application of finishing process after printing.
Despite having higher printing cost than general offset printing, it is widely used printing method as it allows printing of various design simultaneously using transparent ink.
It is a highly recommended method for small amount printing especially for personalized printing which involve various data.
With advanced technology and machines, the printing quality is nearly as high as result from offset printing.
In addition, it is also more environmentally friendly with its eco-friendly ink.
However, one of the limitation is that is not effective as the cost for one individual printing is calculated based on mass printing standard and spot color printing such as gold, silver etc. is not applicable with digital printing method.
HP Indigo is the most advanced digital printing machine in the world in terms of prints quality and productivity.
In addition to CMYK, it can accommodate up to seven colors at the same time, which includes white.
The cost is relatively cheaper than other digital printing methods, it also allow printing on a variety types of paper, some machines even accommodate transparent and white toner.
Although the cost per print unit is relatively high, but it is possible to adjust ink consumption according to different texture and types of paper used.
Roll-to-roll method is commonly used in commercial printing.