Digital Printing

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What Does Digital Printing Mean?

Digital printing is a printing technique using digital or
electronic files from a personal computer or other digital storage device as a source. Digital printing
does not rely on a press plate to carry the image and also does not require any
setup sheets. Due to lower production costs, digital printing has replaced lithography
in a wide range of markets.

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Techopedia Explains Digital Printing

Digital printing makes use of a raster image which is sent directly to the printer with help of digital files and graphics software applications. A raster image is also known as a bitmap and is a grid of X & Y coordinates on a display space with details of the coordinates to illuminate. Unlike other printing processes, the toner does not permeate the substrate. The toner actually forms a thin layer on the surface and with the help of a fuser fluid as part of heat process or UV curing process may be used for adhering to the surface. The main advantage is the elimination of the printing plate and thus helps in saving time, effort and money.

There are many benefits associated with digital printing. It can provide faster turnaround times. It has better quality and lower costs than offset printing. It is an excellent option for on-demand printing or for any printing which requires shorter turnaround. As it is non-contact printing, it provides a designer with more options of substrates for printing. Distortion of images does not occur in digital printing, unlike screen printing.

However, compared to traditional offset printing techniques, digital printing has a higher cost per page.

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Margaret jest nagradzaną technical writerką, nauczycielką i wykładowczynią. Jest znana z tego, że potrafi w prostych słowach pzybliżyć złożone pojęcia techniczne słuchaczom ze świata biznesu. Od dwudziestu lat jej definicje pojęć z dziedziny IT są publikowane przez Que w encyklopedii terminów technologicznych, a także cytowane w artykułach ukazujących się w New York Times, w magazynie Time, USA Today, ZDNet, a także w magazynach PC i Discovery. Margaret dołączyła do zespołu Techopedii w roku 2011. Margaret lubi pomagać znaleźć wspólny język specjalistom ze świata biznesu i IT. W swojej pracy, jak sama mówi, buduje mosty między tymi dwiema domenami, w ten…