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There are many types of printing processes available in the industry nowadays that offer the possibility to mass produce different kinds of prints for a wide array of applications, in the shortest period of time, while maintaining the quality of each print, from the first to the last one.

The processes that will be detailed in this print information and guide are the ones that are mostly used in the sector, more exactly offset lithography, letterpress, digital printing, engraving and electrostatic printing.

Offset printing is considered to be the most cost effective options and this is the reason why it is preferred for a variety of applications in many industries. It is considered to be one of the best solutions for producing high quantities of prints, due to the fact that the printer runs at a fast printing speed and is relatively easy to set up, as long as the needed plates are available. However, this method is not recommended for producing lower quantities of prints, since the creation of plates for each color could be time consuming and it is not considered cost efficient in this case. The process implies running the roller plates through water and then through the ink of the desired colors, allowing the area where the text, artwork or images need to be applied, while the water adheres on the spaces that are intended to remain white on the layout. The only disadvantage of this method is that in the case of any type of omission or mistake on the plate, the layout can not be changed without also changing the plate.

Letterpress, although more advanced than the original press, implies a similar process of printing a image that is higher than the surface of the plate that comes in contact with the substrate.

Digital printing is widely used nowadays in a wide array of applications, providing a quick process of printing by sending the data from a computer or a mobile device directly to the printer. It does not require using plates, so no man power is needed, like in the case of the previous methods. The only issue with this option is that it might be more difficult to get a perfect color adjustment, since the colors from the image that needs to be printed might look different on the monitor or on the screen of a device than on the actual printed product.

Engraving is a method usually used in printing on stationery, the images or text being raised in order to create a more attractive and defined artwork. It is usually used for branding different products or for adding logos to them and is considered to be a more expensive option.

Electrostatic printing does not imply the need of any ink or plates for creating prints, the paper being coated with zinc oxide, which becomes a conductor when exposed to light. It is usually used for very short run printings and it is starting to become more and more popular, being a faster option than inkjet printing.

All things considered, this print information and guide offers information about the mostly used methods of printing, helping you decide which of them is the most suitable for your applications for any business in Dubai and the rest of the UAE, as well as in other countries in the Middle East.