Types of Printing

4 Color Printing

A printing system that separate color image into four different color values which includes Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK).

Spot Color Printing

In condition where the usual CMYK printing is not applicable, such as the two conditions below, spot color printing system will be utilized.

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

A printing system which incorporated two more colors into basic CMYK printing when CMYK printing system alone is unable to reproduce colors needed for prints.
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.

Offset Printing

Normal Process For Offset Printing
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)

If a printing job require high amount of CMYK ink consumption, the ink on the front page may appear on the next printing page.
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

Almost similar to offset printing, the only different is the image is printed on the surface of the paper with special ink that dries instantly when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays.
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.

Digital Printing

While offset printing is a method of creating digital data by transferring the image using a printing plate, digital printing on the other hand transfer printing data directly to printing machine and generate printing only according to required quantity.
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

HP Indigo is machine developed in Israel that enables digital printing by implementing the offset printing method using ElectroInk.
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.

Toner (Laser)

Basic toner (Ink Powder) laser printing technology is advanced printing technique that generates print quality similar to offset printing.
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.


Basic Inkjet printing technology is advanced printing technique that generates print quality similar to offset printing. It allow user to control ink consumption based on each print page and uniform color printing is possible.
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.