OFFSET PRINTING

Offset printing, also known as lithographic printing, is ideally suited for printing large press runs. That is why this is the most preferred option for printing catalogues, magazines, leaflets and other similar paper media. Offset printing press runs usually fall in the range of 1000 to 10,000.

Offset prints are produced using the CMYK colour space model. This means the design is split up into four or more (when using spot colours) colours and the final result is seen on the paper after colour registration. A separate printing plate is prepared for each colour. A printing plate attached to the cylinder takes the printing ink from the roller, transfers it to the offset cylinder (or blanket cylinder) and from there the image is transferred onto the printing material.

The process is repeated exactly the same way with each colour and the corresponding printing plate. The plates are washed and archived after the printing process has been finished. Offset printing plates are very resistant to wear and can be therefore re-used later – for example to print business cards, flyers and other similar materials.

Spot varnishes, UV varnishes and special inks (spot colour inks) can also be combined with offset printing, if desired. For further information please consult with our account managers, and we will find the best solutions for your special requirements.

Information for the designer

Software

We use the following designing software:
– Adobe Photoshop CS4
– Adobe Illustrator CS4
– Corel X7

PRINT FILES

– Print files should preferably be submitted in editable PDF format, i.e. in composite PDF format with a scale of 1:1.
– Fonts must be converted to curves.
– Colours must conform to the .PDF/X-1a requirements, i.e. a composite PDF with CMYK or CMYK/spot colours is required.
– The name of your print file must reflect its content, communicating the information concerning the name and dimensions of the job contained in the file. Also avoid accented characters in your file names.

COLOURS

– Digit Print uses printers working with CMYK colour profiles.
– To obtain the most accurate CMYK colour profile result you must also provide the PMS code.

RESOLUTION

– Higher-resolution files are preferable, in keeping with higher quality and greater sharpness.
– When decreasing the aspect ratio in the file, the resolution must be increased according to the ratio.

SUBMITTING THE FILES

– Files with a size of up to 2 GB may be submitted via the Wetransfer environment to the sales manager and/or project manager.
– We accept files sent via the Dropbox environment.
– Files can be uploaded to Digit Print’s public FTP server where the files are retained for 1–2 days before they are removed from the FTP server.

FTP server: ftp.digit.ee
User name: digit.ftp
Password: digital