PRINTING PROCESSES

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Photocopying:

Uses: General applications such as buisness documents, handouts, posters

Advantages:

  • widely avalible
  • good colour reproduction (especially on digital printers)
  • automatic collation and stapling of documents if required
  • can easily print out double-sided pages
  • relatively low cost per copy for small batches (no set up costs)
  • high printing speeds

Disadventages:

  • not cost-effective for long print runs
  • poor reproduction quality when toner is running low
  • image fades over time

Offset Lithography:

Uses: Buisness stationary, brochures, posters, magazines and newspapers

Advantages:

  • goof reproduction quality, especially for photographs
  • inexpensive printing process
  • can print on a wide range of papers
  • high printing speeds
  • widely avalible

Disadvantages:

  • colour variation due to water/ink mixture
  • paper can stretch due to dampeing
  • set-up costs make it uneconomic on short runs
  • can only be used on flat materials
  • requires a good…

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