How to Choose Paper for Printing Your Next Project

Clients often ask us how to choose paper for printing. It’s best to always keep the end use and the project purpose in mind when choosing paper type for printing.

In this post, our Phoenix printers at PRI Graphics offer the following tips on how to choose paper for printing and what different types of paper are available.

Choose Based on Project Requirements

Are you thinking of postcard printing, or creating mailers, leaflets or flyers? How about business card printing in color or black and white? Or, do you need high quality banner printing? Choosing the right paper for printing is essential to ensure your next printing project is printed correctly for its intended use.

It’s important to ask the right questions before you choose the paper type for printing. Will the paper be creased, folded, saddle stitched, or die cut after it is printed? Will your finished project be utilized outdoors or indoors? The intended purpose of your printing project will determine if it is best suited for coated printing paper, uncoated printing paper, natural printing paper, or synthetic printing paper?

Coated vs Uncoated Paper

Coated Printing Paper – Coated paper can be an excellent choice when print clarity is important or if your project contains high quality photos as found in product sheets, menus, and brochure printing. Glossy coated printing paper offer finishes that have a reflective surface, presenting a rich, satin-like feel. Matte coated paper printing will give you a finish that absorbs light, which makes them easier to read in low light situations such as restaurants.

Uncoated Printing Paper – Uncoated paper offers a look and feel that seems more natural. Some uncoated printing papers have distinct tactile features that emulate a rich, professional statement. Uncoated papers are also suitable for business cards, stationery, wedding invitations, or any purpose where presentation is of utmost importance.

Natural Printing Paper

Most of the available natural printing paper, including recycled paper, contain anywhere from 10% to 100% Post Consumer Waste (PCW) paper. You can also find some very unique natural printing papers made from 95% sugar cane waste material that are acid-free, and archival safe (meaning they won’t yellow or crumble over time). Natural papers can also be quite decorative and are also commonly used for embossed printing.

Synthetic Printing Paper

For durability and longevity try using synthetic printing paper. Synthetic paper (plastic) is most suitable for printing outdoor signage, menus or even notebooks used in the field where moisture or humidity is a concern. Synthetic means it’s also water resistant printing paper that won’t tear easily and can be utilized for decal printing and label printing.

If you still have any questions about how to choose the best paper type for printing, please send us an email. You can also call PRI Graphics in Phoenix at 1-602-393-3131 or through our toll free line at 1-877-409-8889We will be happy to assist you.

 

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Creating & Preparing Print Ready Files

Preparing print ready files for digital printing simply means getting your files ready for print.

The digital files must contain all the necessary specifications for optimal printing without the need for any additional adjustments or changes. If a print shop has to fix files before printing there may be an additional cost. Preparing print ready files alleviates frustration, saves time, and is much more cost effective.

Here are five tips to help you when creating and preparing print ready files:

1. First, Ask Your Printer What They Need for Print Ready Files

Speak with your printer beforehand and ask them what they need. What file type, image resolution, and color palette are required in preparing print ready files. Every shop has different specifications depending on their equipment. There’s no point in preparing print ready files until you have the correct specs from the printer you will be working with.

2. What Color Palette Choice Should You Use

A computer monitor uses the RGB color palette. Printing equipment uses the CMYK color palette. The colors on printed projects will differ from your RGB monitor colors. To ensure the colors you want are rendered properly, specify Pantone (CMYK) colors instead of your RGB monitor colors. Pantone colors are your best bet for color integrity.

3. Raster vs. Vector Images for Print Ready Files

Raster images are based on pixels (Photoshop files). Vector images are based on mathematics (Illustrator files). Vector image scaling is intuitive so you can scale your image to any size without distortion. Raster images cannot be scaled so be sure to use the appropriate image type for your project. Ask your printer what image type is needed before preparing print ready files.

4. Photo Sizing & Resolution

Unfortunately, you can’t make a bad photo better (or a small photo bigger). For example, a 640 x 480 pixel photograph cannot be scaled, so it’s not possible to stretch a small pixel photo to fit a large banner. When preparing print ready files, make sure that your photos are scanned to the finished size (the size they will be when printed). The photos should also be optimized to at least 300 dpi or higher. Ask us if you need help understanding photo sizing and resolution to create print ready files.

In Phoenix, call PRI Graphics toll free, at 1-877-409-8889 with any questions you may have or send us an email.

5. Choosing Print Sheet Sizes

With today’s digital printing techniques, we can now print on many different types of paper, including different paper sizes and weights. Printed sheet sizes are determined by the finished size of the document. But there are ways to save on printing costs. For instance, two 8 1/2” x 11” printed documents (no bleed) can be printed together on one 11” x 17” sheet.

If you still have questions about how to create print ready files, you can talk to our printing experts at PRI Graphics.

Call us anytime at 602-393-3131 or toll free at 1-877-409-8889. You can also find information in our PDF file entitled How to Place an Order and Upload Files.

You may also be interested in our article about Document Scanning, Storage and Archiving.

Adobe offers some tips on How to Make Print Ready PDFs. You might also like our post on Variable Data Printing.

Latex Printing vs Solvent Printing

The Difference Between
Latex vs Solvent Printing

Let’s look at latex vs solvent printing and how they are different.

What is latex printing?

As the successor to solvent-based technology, latex printing has wider applications, offering quicker turnaround times and superior quality output.

Latex ink printing also has no lengthy curing requirements so the profit potential is greater. The colors are solid, the consistency outstanding, and latex ink printing does a spectacular job since it can be printed on an assortment of coated or uncoated substrates and media.

How Does Latex Printing Work?

Much like desktop inkjet printers, latex ink printers use print heads to distribute water-based inks on paper or other media. In the case of latex ink printing, the latex acts as a carrier for the color pigments.

Because heaters dry the latex as it comes off the printer, the output can be rolled or applied (in the case of vehicle decals) immediately after printing. The finished printed product is durable, long-lasting, and eco-friendly.

What Can You Do on Latex vs Solvent Printing?

Aside from the stunning output, printing with latex can be done on a variety of unique printing materials including:

  • Backlit Translucent Vinyl
  • Custom Wallpaper Substrates
  • Heavy Poster
  • Mesh Vinyl for fence wraps
  • Opaque Vinyl with Adhesive
  • Perforated See-Thru Vinyl
  • Repositionable Photo Text Material
  • Vinyl Banner

Latex Printing Options

Large format latex ink printing is ideal for wide-format projects and provides a flexible medium on which to unleash many creative ideas. Some suggestions for how you might utilize this versatile style of large format graphics printing include:

  • Banners
  • Backlit Graphics
  • Drawings
  • Fabrics
  • Fence Wraps
  • Flags
  • Garage Doors
  • Stickers
  • Store Fronts
  • Textiles
  • Trade Show Signage
  • Vehicle Wraps
  • Wall Murals
  • Wallpaper
  • Window Graphics
  • Window Promotions

Almost anything can be printed up to 10’ wide, and as long as the roll of material permits. Whether you are creating temporary displays or permanent fixtures in your home or office, consider using latex ink printing for your projects. You can find more latex vs solvent printing here.

Still Have Questions?

If you have any questions regarding latex vs solvent printing, contact PRI Graphics online or call toll free today at 1-877-409-8889.

Or, send us an email us and tell us your latex ink printing ideas.

 

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Does Paper Affect Print Quality?

The answer to the question, “Does paper quality affect printing” is yes. Paper does indeed affect print quality since all paper is not created equal; and that’s a good thing!

The chemistry inherent on the surface of paper has a direct affect on the paper’s printability, its gloss, and its waterproofing qualities.

If you’ve ever tried to use the specific paper recommended for most laser and inkjet printers you might have noticed a considerable difference in the color output, specifically the clarity.

Lower Quality Paper

With lower quality paper, you may notice the ink starting to creep into spider-web-like veins away from the text or photograph being printed. This is a sure indication that you are using the wrong paper for the printer. There are certain papers that can be printed upon whether using an offset printer or a digital laser or a high resolution inkjet printer, but the quality of the output may be less than satisfactory for any given type of printer. The level of quality required will depend on the specific project and the intended audience for that project.

Bond Paper

With bond paper, the cotton fibers can successfully be used in monochrome laser printers. However, paper with ribbed, linen, eggshell, or tweed features might produce less than desirable results from the same digital laser printer. Colors can appear faded if the printer ink spreads into the fibers, and the output will appear less than professional for the audience in question.

How Does Paper Quality Affect Printing

Our printing experts here at PRI Graphics in Phoenix Arizona recommend that you always give your commercial printing company some idea of who your audience will be. They also need to know what kind of impression you want your print project to make on that audience. This kind of insight can help your commercial printer recommend the best quality paper for the print project, and the right printing equipment for your specific paper needs.

Your local printing company and commercial printers in general are not in the business of up-selling you simply for the sake of up-selling. In the printing industry, the majority of customers are repeat clients so it is in the best interest of your printing company to always deliver the best quality product for your needs, at the best possible price! That applies whether you need to print on paper, print on canvas, or print on any other type of substrate.

About PRI Graphics

As a family owned and operated commercial printer in Phoenix Arizona for nearly four decades, PRI Graphics takes great pride in ensuring that your final printed product is always appropriate and consistent with your needs and your budget.

If you still have questions about how does paper quality affect printing, or if you wish to discuss your printing needs, please call Toll-Free 1-877-409-8889 or email PRI Graphics.

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Understanding Printing Terms

Difference in Printing Booklets, Brochures, Flyers, Etc

In this post we’ll look at some common questions and printing terms that our Phoenix AZ printing team often gets asked about. For instance, “What’s the difference between printing booklets, brochures, flyers, and mailers?”

Yes, these are all similar promotional materials used by businesses, schools, charities, and other organizations, but there seems to be some confusion on the purpose of each and when to use each media.

Our PRI Graphics’ printing experts will explain how these different print terms and products are commonly used and the advantages of each, so that you can select the best print media suited to meet your commercial or personal needs.

Booklet Printing

Printing booklets involves multiple pages that have a magazine-like look with a high-gloss (or a book-like) finish. Printed booklets are commonly used for:

  • Instruction manuals
  • Training manuals
  • Catalogs
  • Annual reports

Printed booklets can often be bound in a variety of ways for durability and long-lasting use. The pages may require scoring (making a crease so the paper folds easily) and cutting. Professional booklet printing services are available in anywhere from single color to full-color printing options.

Brochure Printing

Printed brochures are quite affordable and generally done with standard printing paper in black and white fashion, but you can also select to use superior quality paper with advanced printing techniques, which can give the brochures a high-gloss or semi-gloss look. These advanced printing options produce brochures and pamphlets that are more durable and more suitable for repeat use. Also see our article on Creative Brochure Design Ideas. Brochure printing is commonly used for:

  • Take-out menus
  • Handouts for meetings
  • Educational or information purposes

Printed brochures are quite affordable and generally done with standard printing paper in black and white fashion, but you can also select to use superior quality paper with advanced printing techniques, which can give the brochures a high-gloss or semi-gloss look. These advanced printing options produce brochures and pamphlets that are more durable and more suitable for repeat use.

Flyers and Leaflet Printing

In general, printing flyers and leaflets is done for the purpose of communicating a small amount of information to a large number of people but in an affordable way. Flyer and leaflet printing is commonly used for, among others:

  • Guerilla marketing campaigns
  • Real estate property listings
  • Event advertisements

Often, flyers and leaflets are printed on plain white or color printer paper. However, many people choose to print flyers and leaflets on semi-gloss or high-gloss paper to try and stand out or to give the flyers a more professional look. For example, real estate agents will often use semi-gloss or high-gloss flyer printing with full-color images. These printed property flyers are often placed with for sale signs in front yards.

Promotional Mailer Printing

Print mailers are generally printed as small handouts or postcards. PRI Graphics in Phoenix AZ prints a lot of print mailers and direct mail marketing materials for all kinds of usages including:

  • Promotional purposes
  • Marketing purposes
  • Announcements
  • And various other reasons

Custom printed mailers give you the flexibility to control the cost of postage. Mailers are usually printed on card stock and can be in full-color, two-color, or four-color. Printed mailers may also include flyers, letters or other items that are mailed inside an envelope. PRI Graphics offers professional printing services to print in bulk quantities as well as to fold mailers and stuff envelopes.

Have More Questions about Printing Terms?

At PRI Graphics, we offer all types printing services for a wide variety of purposes including corporate, small business, individual, charitable, and educational needs.

If you have any other questions about printing terms, types of printing services, or if you need help with your next printing project, please contact our printing experts at PRI Graphics. Call us Toll Free at 1-877-409-8889. We offer high quality digital printing services in Phoenix AZ, at very affordable rates.

 

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Professional Printer Maintenance Contracts – Benefits

How Much Money Can You Save?

Talk to us about PRI Graphics’ Printer Maintenance Contracts and On Site Printer Services for Your Office.

Many medium and large sized companies are discovering the cost saving benefits of organizing a printer maintenance service agreement for on-site printer services in their offices.

Office and equipment managers can actually gain more control over cost, reliability, and functionality of their printers by hiring an outside company to regularly maintain printing equipment.

Here are several benefits to outsourcing with printer maintenance contracts by an authorized service bureau like PRI Graphics in Phoenix.

Focuses Employees’ Time on What They Do Best

With PRI Graphics, a maintenance contract gives you the flexibility for on-site printer service and maintenance rather than having to rely on an employee to find the time to divert to the fixing or trying to repair scanners or printers. If the employee is too busy you may have to call an outside technician, which is always more expensive over the long term. Plus you may not have an employee skilled at maintaining your office printers and the down time can be much greater while you wait for a third party repairman.

Protecting Your Investment in Office Equipment

A wide range of IT and office printing equipment is a necessity to the operation of most businesses, yet many business owners feel the underlying pressure that these investments are designed to only last a few years and amortize quickly, in part because technology updates so quickly. You may think your printing equipment is out-of-date as soon as you take it out of the box but that may not be the case.

In reality, an annual on-site maintenance program is the most cost-effective and best way to protect your printing equipment investment. Printer maintenance contracts ensure regular service checks are done to help extend the life expectancy of your printers without the need to upgrade every couple of years.

Improving the Reliability of Your Printers

With all modern printing equipment, the more they are used, the greater the possibilities they will develop issues or even break down far sooner than expected. Regular inspection, servicing and ongoing printer equipment maintenance will maximize efficiency by reducing the frequency of breakdowns and increasing the life expectancy. Over the long run, printer service plans not only keep your printing equipment running at their optimum, but also cost less – and that’s the bottom line in business.

Detailed Printer Equipment Service Log

PRI Graphic’s printer maintenance contracts provide detailed service logs with specific details of the ongoing on-site maintenance of your office technology. In many cases, you will be able to simply call our printer technicians at a moment’s notice and based on the service work that has been done our technicians may be able to help you out over the phone. You will always have access to our skilled technicians, and get the help you need when you need it. Most often, we are able to assist over the phone without the need for an on-site service call. In many cases, your printing equipment can be up and running sooner, helping to keep your productivity at its best.

Matching Fixed Costs against Income

For the majority of businesses, an on-site equipment maintenance contract allows them to set the overhead cost of their printer maintenance for the foreseeable future, which gives them the advantage of planning expenses against income and knowing that expenditure is fixed during a specified period.

Scheduling Regular Service Maintenance

A PRI Graphics’ printer equipment maintenance service contract will ensure that all your equipment maintenance is carried out at the right time. Many businesses naturally have the tendency to forget about regular maintenance when it gets busy or when staffing cuts are made. You may not even think about servicing your equipment or you may think you are saving money by not taking the time to check. In reality, there is more likelihood that you will spend more money in the future because of your failure to maintain your equipment over the longer term.

Is a Printing Equipment Service Contract Right for You?

Maintenance contracts and on-site equipment services provide you with flexibility and reliability, while fixing the cost and ensuring that your printers and other office equipment are always ready to serve your business every single day of the year.

Did you know that PRI Graphics is an authorized bureau for Canon, OCE, WideTek, KIP, and HP Equipment? Our technicians have a turnaround time of 4 hours and our flexible equipment maintenance contracts can be based on your preference of materials, time, or, if you wish, all-inclusive.

To learn more about PRI Graphics’ Printing Equipment Service & Maintenance contracts call our printing experts in Phoenix Arizona directly at 1-877-409-8889 for a personalized needs assessment.

 

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Infographic Digital Printing & Large Format Technology

The world of large format printing and digital printing has witnessed a tremendous transformation thanks to new printing technology as the printing infographic below will show. We’ve witnessed an explosion of different kinds of digital works of arts, plus large format printing that feature many other forms of unique print designs.

Inevitably, the world of packaging and marketing has also transformed a great deal over the years. With the emerging printing technology, manufacturers and advertisers can enjoy high quality results in packaging, prototyping, and package proofing, while increasing visibility and returns.

Wide format and digital prints involve printing materials of different sizes and nature. Wide (or large format) printing can be done on materials ranging from 24 inches and above, while digital printing can be done on materials of up to 12 X 18 inches. The printing infographic below summarizes the following information.

Types of Large Format Printing

As shown in the printing infographic below, PRI Graphics offers great results for different types of large format printing, which can include:

  • Vinyl stickers printing using latex or flatbed printers on different applications (such as window graphics)
  • Floor and Wall Graphics/Murals (be sure to read our article about the Benefits of Wall Coverings)
  • Text decals
  • Vehicle/fleet graphics and vehicle wraps (be sure read our article about the Advertising Benefits of Vehicle Graphics)
  • Point-of-purchase display graphics

Large format prints are normally printed, cut, etched, and frosted. Other types of wide format printing include environmental graphics, which are sets of printed materials designed for information design, and way-finding brand communication.

Large format printing creates an environment through design, built on different applications such as retail store interiors, galleries, exhibitions, streets and museums among other environments. We also offer wall graphics catering to those who need text or graphic designs applied directly to the wall, for enhanced interior or exterior designs. Wall graphics can be used for marketing or decoration with high quality results.

Tradeshow organizers will find our tradeshow graphics to be ideal as they can be used on applications such as banners, way finding signage, and booth designs.

Types of Digital Printing

Digital printing services at PRI Graphics include the production of hi-resolution and uniquely colored digital designs from different design formats including PSD, ID, and AI, among others. Digital printing can be used on printing materials with dimensions of 12 by 18 inches, giving high quality results with a resolution of 1200 by 1200 dpi.

At PRI Graphics in Phoenix Arizona, we use digital printing to produce various types of media (as outlined in the printing infographic below), including:

  • Specification manuals
  • Brochures
  • Post cards
  • Business cards
  • Booklets
  • And more

Digital printing is relatively inexpensive and utilizes high quality inkjet printers. It can also be done on materials with 350gsm stock weight.

At PRI Graphics, both large format graphics printing and digital printing trends offer the possibility of producing high quality packaging and labels at high speeds, while incurring minimal costs for shops and printing firms.

The outcome is that product developers can increase their returns as they capture the attention of targeted consumers with photorealistic quality packaging materials, printed in vibrant colors and full of impressive effects.

Different brands of digital and large format printers are used for different kinds of printing applications and include Hi-Res inkjet printers, Latex ink printers, and Flatbed printers.

Here is another good article on the Different Printing Methods Available.

 

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How Are Booklet and Brochure Printing Different?

A common question that we often get asked here at PRI Graphics in Phoenix AZ is “How are booklet and brochure printing different.” For this post, we’ll also include flyers and mailer printing.

Booklet and Brochure Printing Differences

Yes, these are similar promotional materials used by businesses, schools, charities, and other organizations, but there seems to be some confusion on the purpose of each and when to use each media.

In this blog post by PRI Graphics, our Phoenix printing experts will explain how booklet and brochure printing can differ and how these different print services are commonly used. We’ll do the same for flyers and mailers. We’ll explore the advantages of each so that you can select the best print media suited to meet your commercial or personal printing needs.

Booklet Printing

Printing booklets involves multiple pages that have a magazine-like look with a high-gloss (or a book-like) finish. Printed booklets are commonly used for:

  • Instruction manuals
  • Training manuals
  • Catalogs
  • Annual reports

Printed booklets can often be bound in a variety of ways for durability and long-lasting use. The pages may require scoring (making a crease so the paper folds easily) and cutting. Professional booklet and brochure printing services are both available in single color or full-color printing options.

Brochure Printing

Printed brochures are quite affordable and generally done with standard printing paper in black and white fashion. You can also select to use superior quality paper with advanced color printing techniques that can give your brochures a high-gloss or semi-gloss look. These advanced printing options can produce booklet and brochure printing, as well as pamphlets that are more durable and more suitable for repeat use. See also our article on Creative Brochure Design Ideas. Brochure printing is commonly used for:

  • Take-out menus
  • Handouts for meetings
  • Educational or information purposes

Printed brochures are quite affordable and generally done with standard printing paper in black and white fashion, but you can also select to use superior quality paper with advanced printing techniques, which can give the brochures a high-gloss or semi-gloss look. These advanced printing options produce brochures and pamphlets that are more durable and more suitable for repeat use.

Along with booklet and brochure printing, let’s also take a look at printing flyers, leaflets, and promotional mailers.

Flyers and Leaflet Printing

In general, printing flyers and leaflets is done for the purpose of communicating a small amount of information to a large number of people but in an affordable way. Flyer and leaflet printing is commonly used for, among others:

  • Guerilla marketing campaigns
  • Real estate property listings
  • Event advertisements

Often, flyers and leaflets are printed on plain white or color printer paper. However, many people choose to print flyers and leaflets on semi-gloss or high-gloss paper to try and stand out or to give the flyers a more professional look. For example, real estate agents will often use semi-gloss or high-gloss flyer printing with full-color images. These printed property flyers are often placed with for sale signs in front yards.

Promotional Mailer Printing

Print mailers are generally printed as small handouts or postcards. Along with booklet and brochure printing, PRI Graphics in Phoenix AZ prints a lot of print mailers and direct mail marketing materials for all kinds of usages including:

  • Promotional purposes
  • Marketing purposes
  • Announcements
  • And various other reasons

Custom printed mailers give you the flexibility to control the cost of postage. Mailers are usually printed on card stock and can be in full-color, two-color, or four-color. Printed mailers may also include flyers, letters, brochures, or other items that are mailed inside an envelope. PRI Graphics offers professional printing services to print in bulk quantities as well as to fold mailers and stuff envelopes.

Still Have Questions about Booklet and Brochure Printing?

At PRI Graphics, we offer all types of printing services for a wide variety of purposes including corporate, small business, individual, charitable, and educational needs.

If you have any other questions about bookleet and brochure printing, or if you need help with your next printing project, please contact our printing experts at PRI Graphics. Call us Toll Free at 877-409-8889. We offer high quality digital printing services in Phoenix AZ, at very affordable rates.

This Adobe article offers some Helpful Advice on Booklet Printing.

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What is Digital Printing vs Offset Printing?

Often, we’re asked to explain the pros and cons of digital vs offset printing so we asked our PRI Graphics printing experts in Phoenix Arizona to explain the differences.

 

Digital vs Offset Printing – What is Digital Printing

With digital printing, digital files are created on a computer using publishing software, photo software, or mapping software, and are then sent to the printer (over WiFi or Cat 5 cable) where the images, maps, or photos are transferred or printed onto paper. Both laser printers and inkjet printers can be referred to as digital printers.

Laser Printers

With digital laser printing, the laser printer charges the paper with electricity in the intricate shape of the photo, text, or map. Once the printer toner is released onto the paper, it only adheres where the paper has been charged, and the balance of unused toner is often expelled. A digital color laser printer can usually only utilize colors from the CMYK color palette. This limits their color output range, specifically where gradients or graduated fills are involved. However, digital laser printers are fast for anyone that needs a quick turnaround on digital laser printing!

Inkjet Printers

With digital inkjet printing, the inkjet printer doesn’t require paper charging. Instead, ink is released from ink cartridges contained in the printer that sprays the picture, letters, or map images directly onto the paper or other mediums. Because color inkjet printers traditionally use the RGB color palette, their range of colors is much larger. However, digital inkjet printing is not as quick as laser printing. Inkjet printers offer more detail and the final printing more closely resembles photographs as a result of the inkjet printer’s color range. Since inkjet printers are much slower than digital laser printers, inkjet printers are not usually used for high volume printing projects.

Digital vs Offset Printing – What is Offset Printing

One similarity in digital vs offset printing is that digital files can often be created for use in offset printing as well. However, these digital files are not transferred directly to the printer. Instead, the digital files are used to burn plates that are then attached to the offset printer. Inked images (of text or graphics) from the plate are transferred to a rubber blanket on the offset printing press, which in turn transfers the image directly onto whatever type of substrate is being used.

Offset printers come in a wide range of sizes and can print on a wide range of substrates. They are incredibly fast; much faster than either laser or inkjet digital printing. When it comes to digital vs offset printing, offset printing is generally used for more extensive printing projects that encompass printing thousands or even millions of pages.

Check out this online page for additional information on The Difference Between Digital vs Offset Printing.

Ask Our PRI Graphics Printing Experts

If you still have questions about digital vs offset printing and which would be right for your business, please call our Arizona printers Toll Free at 877-409-8889 or email PRI Graphics.

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What is UV Ink Curing in Printing?

You may have heard that Phoenix printers PRI Graphics now has UV curable ink printers…but what is UV ink printing and what does it mean for your next large format print job?

Ultra violet curing (UV curing) is a green technology that uses a photomechanical process to instantly dry ink after printing. This means that you can print on virtually any type of non-absorbant material including glass, wood, metal, vinyl materials, and more. With UV curable ink, the ink isn’t absorbed by the material so there’s no smudging and no need for additional costly coatings.

Another great thing about UV cured inks is that they are weather-resistant and are not prone to fading. There are no solvents, no evaporaton and it’s a low temperature process.

Basically, the exposure to UV energy triggers a chemical reaction and causes the ink to instantly harden and is a much better alternative to solvent-based ink products. UV ink is not only used by local print shops like us but also in all kinds of industries including automotive, electronics, telecommunications, and more.

UV Curable Ink Printing Advantages

The top UV ink benefits to consider include:

  • Scratch and abrasion resistance
  • Better chemical and solvent resistance
  • Superior bonding
  • Eco-friendly – no emissions
  • Improved gloss
  • Superior outdoor durability

Durable UV curable ink dries or cures instantaneosly and is already dry when it comes out of the printer. This makes it ideal for printing on outdoor banners including mesh banners. For more information, see our article on mesh banners vs. vinyl banners.

Your Trusted Large Format Printers in Arizona

PRI Graphics uses UV curable ink for all our large format vinyl graphics as an eco-friendly and superior print product for all our customers throughout Phoenix, Arizona. From wall graphics to product decals to school logos, you too can benefit from our long lasting durable print graphics for even the most demanding applications.

For more information, please visit our Vinyl Graphics page or speak with our Arizona printers directly by calling Toll-Free 1-877-409-8889 or send us an email.