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Digital print transfers an image digitally to paper using liquid inks and toners very similar to your standard copy machine. The colors on a digital print image are easier to adjust and proof, and turnaround time is quicker since the conversion to print is an easier process.

Digital offset printing uses a plate to transfer an image to a rubber ink roller and prints in Pantone (PMS) and CYMK colors specifically. The ink transfer allows the ink to sink into the pores of the paper, providing a higher quality look and feel to the print.

Due to the plate setup process, digital offset printing is only cost effective for quantities larger than 250. The cost per print decreases as the quantity increases, making digital offset printing the most economical for larger projects. Recent technology development has made the difference between digital print and offset printing almost unidentifiable to the untrained eye, though there are benefits to both.

Use digital print when you need:
  • A quick turnaround
  • Less than 250 prints
  • A quick proof
  • Prints on smaller paper sizes and standard stock
  • Printing not required to be written on or run through a laser printer
Use digital offset when you need:
  • A large quantity job
  • Specific CYMK or Pantone (PMS) colors
  • Printing to go back through a laser printer or be written on with pen ink or pencil
  • Larger paper sizes or specialty stock types
For LLUH customers, fill out an e-form request.
We strive to complete projects as soon as possible and ensure a quick turnaround. Project requirements including customizations, volume, finishing services, or project complexity affect turnaround time. Our customer service representatives can often provide an estimate of when your project will be completed at time of ordering.
To get the best color matching for your project, make sure your source design file is formatted in CYMK. For more precision, use Pantone colors and insert into your file. If needed, we can also provide a printed proof for your approval before printing the full project quantity.
a. Complete a request a quote form and attach file
b. E-mail file to printjob@llu.edu. For large files, you will be provided instructions for sending your file when we receive your quote request.
Printed items require higher resolution to prevent images from looking fuzzy. 300 dots per inch (dpi) is a measurement of resolution and is the standard requirement for any printed item. 72 dpi is the standard resolution setting for computer monitors, allowing any image intended for web to be saved at 72 dpi.
Print-ready files must meet the following criteria (as applicable):
  • All images and files are converted (or sourced) into CYMK color
  • All files are in correct format (PDF, JPEG, EPS, AI, etc.)
  • Files and images are high resolution (at least 300 dpi)
  • All links to graphics and images are available
  • All fonts are embedded or linked
  • Proper bleed is setup and includes bleed and trim marks
  • Does not require any further edits or modifications before printing
A high resolution PDF is the best for optimizing printed results. For photo printing, a high-resolution JPEG file is suitable.
Perfect binding, also referred to as perf-binding, is a binding style commonly found with books where a collection of pages is cut and glued together along the spine of a cover sheet.
Paper with a coating affects the look of the printed images, and often increases reflectivity. Coated paper is usually available in gloss and matte options. Uncoated paper has a soft look and feel and doesn't reflect light in the same way that a coated paper does.
Text stock is usually a lighter stock and includes paper similar to standard printer or copier paper. Available in a variety of styles and coatings, text stock is often used for copies, flyers, inside pages of books and reports, and other projects requiring lighter stock. Card and index stock are heavier and are often used for heavier duty printed projects like post cards, invitations, report and book covers, business cards, and other jobs requiring sturdier paper.
Especially in a full bleed document, trim size is the finished dimensions for a printed project once it has been cut down.
A proof is a test run of a project to confirm colors and identify any potential errors in how a printed project should appear.
Process is a commonly referenced term abbreviated from four-color printing process that describes reproducing an image from mixtures of four ink colors: cyan, yellow, magenta, and black. Pantones are premixed inks that are based on a standard color identification recognized globally.
Variable data printing works with a customer database to personalize printed items. Used especially for direct mail, variable data printing allows printing professionals to add personal data like name, address, or other variable information to letters, postcards, envelopes, and enclosures. Because campaigns using variable data appear more personalized, positive customer response is often greater.
A marketing campaign which sends customized mail pieces to a target audience. Direct mail usually works with variable data to include recipients name in the marketing material, as well as a specific address.
Printing finishing services is a collective term used to describe a variety of services executed after a project has been printed. These include but are not limited to binding, stapling, collating, folding, coating, and trimming.
UV coating covers the surface of a printed item with a wet compound that is then instantly dried by ultraviolet light. The coating lends more brilliance to colors and ensures that printed materials will last longer and be more durable. UV coating can be applied for a high gloss or subtle matte look to covers, flyers, programs, invitations, and more.
A type of binding type, saddle stitching gathers all sheets into a single stack. The stack is then folded down the middle and secured with two or three wire staples. One of the more popular binding types, saddle stitching is best suited for smaller booklets and publications containing less than about 60 pages.
Printing a project full bleed means the printed image will extend from one edge of the paper to the other without any white margins. Printers by design are unable to print all the way to the edge of media. To achieve this look for your project, you must include a bleed into the design so that printing goes beyond the edge of the finished sheet. A standard bleed is ܝ on all sides of the sheet to allow for trimming. This also requires that your project is printed on a larger piece of stock, and then trimmed down to finished size. A bleed refers to the printed area extending beyond the edges of the page to achieve a full bleed.