I recently volunteered for a non-profit organization in my community. This non-profit is aimed at helping children and improving their reading skills. They wanted flyers made to share around the community for a big event the organization wants to throw in a few weekends. I have always been interested in digital printing and jumped at the opportunity to create flyers and prints for the organization. You guys may not know, but modern printing is way different than old printing techniques. Digital printing today involves lasers and ink-jet printing, the most common form of modern digital printing. Today, the image that you want to print is sent directly to the printer through digital files. These files can be PDFs, images that you save, images that are created from graphic software like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop. Since we can send the files straight to the printer, digital printing doesn’t need the printing plates that old printers used or is used in other printing techniques in offset printing.
Digital Printing had transformed printing and made it all the more faster. Since most people now don’t have to use plates anymore, Digital printing has changed the printing time and help create “printing on demand.” Because of digital printing, companies, and people do not have to figure out large runs or pre-determined runs. Instead, digital printing has accommodated the needs of different corporations and individuals who need small runs, even single print.
There are some drawbacks. While digital printing service is quicker and more “on demand”, offset printing has better visual quality. But the good news is that advances in digital printing have been the printing quality better and continue to lower the cost of printing. In fact, digital printing has many benefits that are beneficial to everyone. Some advantages include:
- Eliminating the cost of plate-making and setting up the process
- Easier to make last minute changes because you can just hop on your computer and make the changes.
- Reduces the cost of making changes.
I went ahead and designed a fantastic flyer for the organization where I volunteer. After perhaps an hour of creating the flyer, I got the flyer ready for print. However, I would need a large printing service that will help make a few hundred flyers to spread about the community. The printers cannot handle that kind of volume at the offer. So the best option we have is to research and find the best printing company that will be able to handle our printing needs. The printing company we found, Cornerstone Printing, has been in business for a couple of decades and have experience dealing with all kinds of printing needs. Therefore, I trusted them. It was a simple process. I called them up and within a few minutes of speaking with their excellent staff, my flyers were getting printed and ready to go for us. I am so happy with the result. We had the flyers just in time for the event which was the best result of all.