Offset Printing | NYC
Offset printing is the most commonly used commercial printing process. It is used to create stationery, magazines, books, newspapers, reports, brochures, and much more. The basic principle of offset printing is simple: ink and water do not mix. An image is transferred from a printing plate to a rubber blanket and then to paper. Hence the name “offset.”
Despite the different kinds, sizes, and qualities of offset presses, the basic configuration remains the same. When the printing plate is exposed, an ink-receptive coating is activated at the image area. On the press, the plate is dampened, first by water rollers, then by ink rollers. Ink adheres to the image area and water to the non-image area. As the cylinders rotate, the image is transferred to the blanket. Paper passes between the blanket cylinders and the image is transferred to the paper.
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