What Are the Different Types of Printing?

Our Mesa and Phoenix printing companies offer many different types of printing services because there are so many different types of products that our customers need.

In this post, our printing specialists at PRI Graphics will take a look at the different types of printing processes available including:

  • Digital Printing
  • Offset Printing
  • Large Format Printing
  • Flatbed Printing
  • CAD Printing

What Is Digital Printing?

Digital printing is simply reproducing or printing a digital image, whether it is a B&W graphic or a full-color digital image. Most often, high volume digital printing is done on an inkjet printer. Digital printing allows you to print your computer-based images onto a variety of different types of paper and other mediums like vinyl, film, and even cloth. Because the image being printed is digital there is a lot more flexibility. You can either print multiple identical copies of the same image or the image output can be varied as needed. With inkjet printing, the ink is not absorbed but sprayed onto the surface of the material where it dries.

What Is Offset Printing?

Also known as Planographic or Lithographic printing, offset printing does not transfer the image directly onto the output medium. Instead, our Phoenix printing company will make a set of plates (usually aluminum) for the images. The image plates are inked and the images are then transferred to a rubber surface (blanket) that is subsequently rolled onto the printing paper. The long lifespan of image plates means that they consistently produce high-quality images even after extensive use. For bulk commercial printing, offset printing is the most common and most reliable printing process used. For more info see our blog post entitled Digital vs. Offset Printing.

What is Large Format Printing?

Some printing jobs are simply too large for most commercial high production printing presses. PRI Graphics offers large format printing (aka wide format printing). Large format printing is generally done on specialty printing equipment capable of handling larger-than-normal printing jobs (up to 100 inches wide). There are many different types of printing that can be done on our large format printer. These may include among others, wall coverings, large window graphics, backlit graphics, vehicle graphics, large banners, posters, and trade show or promotional displays.

What is Flatbed Printing?

Digital flatbed printing, which is also referred to as UV printing or direct-to-substrate printing, is a very versatile printing process. Flatbed printing uses a UV ink curing process that allows us to do full color printing on practically any type of flat surfaced material. PRI Graphics uses flatbed printing equipment with adjustable printing beds. That means we can print high-quality display graphics on a wide variety of substrates of different thicknesses. This flexibility allows us to print on coroplast and foam core, plus canvas, plywood, MDF, metal, plexiglass, paper, plastic, and much more!

What is CAD Printing?

Technology companies and manufacturing designers, as well as artists, draftsman, architects, and engineers all, use a Computer Aided Design (CAD). Today’s CAD software programs offer advanced rendering capabilities. They are utilized to design and create highly accurate 2-D and 3-D models plus conceptual renderings of drawings and technical illustrations. The CAD software allows creators to analyze, modify, and perfect their designs and improve product quality prior to real-world creation. At PRI Graphics, we use the latest CAD printing and plotting technology to help service these industries.

About PRI Graphics in Phoenix & Mesa AZ

PRI Graphics (Perkinson Reprographics) is a Phoenix printing company with a sister location in Mesa Arizona. The different types of printing services we specialize in include Digital, CAD, Flatbed, Inkjet, and Large Format printing, including roll to roll and dye sublimation. Ask us about small format digital printing for brochures, flyers, business stationery, and various leave behind materials.

For more information about the different types of printing we offer, or to learn more about our printing company, please call us toll-free at 1-877-409-8889 or send us an emailFor more detailed information on types of printing techniques, see this Wikipedia printing page.

For in-house graphic design services, we can be reached locally at 602-393-3131.