Silver and PMS Red

Unsure of the choice of paper? Come in and see a sample!

Choosing between Uncoated, Gloss, Matt or Vallum can be daunting at best. Our experienced staff will guid you through the process to give you the best experience in the printing process.

Things to remember when choosing the right way to print

When you’re having items printed for your business or event, you have the option to choose between digital and offset printing.

These days, there is a stigma that digital is always better for everything; because it implies that it is more technologically

advanced than the other options available.

There is some truth to this when it is the printing industry and its associated services that are up for discussion – but in the world

of printing, newer technology does not always mean better. You’ve got to understand this when trying to make a decision

regarding your printing project. There are pros and cons of both digital and offset printing methods that may surprise you!

Offset Printing

This is the more ‘traditional’ method of printing. It involves the creation of plates that are then used to transfer the images

onto the appropriate surfaces.

The benefits of offset printing include the following:

• The image can be transferred onto a wider variety of different materials when it is offset printing that is selected

• The image is said to be of a higher quality

• Large volume jobs cost less per unit

• Uses the Pantone colour system, which increases the colour accuracy when colours for images and fonts are selected this way

• Due to the time and cost involved with setting up an offset printer, it is harder to get proofs that demonstrate 100% accurate colour

• It is often more cost-effective to use when you only require one or two colours in your print run.

Digital Printing

Digital printing does not require the creation of plates – all printing is done from a digital image.

• Four-colour printing is used in digital printing. The cost does not increase or decrease regardless of the colours used to print a project

• There is no fee to setup the printer as there is with offset printing

• The cost per unit does not change drastically regardless of the quantity requested. A printer may offer discounted rates for bulk jobs,

although the cost does not change due to setup and printing fees as is the case with offset printing

• Proofs can be generated quickly, accurately and inexpensively

• There is more room for customization

• As minimal setup is required, the turnaround time for digital printing is shorter than offset printing

• Digital printing can take place on fewer mediums than offset printing.

When trying to decide between these two options, consider the size of the job, the frequency

in which you’ll need it printed, and the level of customization involved.

Both offset and digital printing can produce a high-quality outcomes, but the choice comes

down to quality, efficiency and cost!

What is digital printing?

I’m often asked the question “what is digital printing?”

Why does it cost so much when compared to other printing methods? Put simply digital printing is taking a file

from the computer using any desktop publishing software and printing directly to a laser or ink-jet printer.

Now these come is varying sizes and makes but essentially do the same thing, it just depends on what you’re

trying to print on. Business cards or flyers would be laser printed whilst such things as car signage or banners

are produced on ink-jet printers due to their size. Usually you would have to print around 5000 flyers using

offset methods to start to be cost effective. By the time we make plates setup the press and then run the job.

However with the rise of digital printing you can get as little as one copy or 1000 copies even before we’ve

made the plates.

The most important benefits of the digital printing is that you can change each print as the machine is running.

This is called variable data.

This method is used widely as it allows companies to print such things as your personalised phone bill.

While offset printing still offers a wider range of ink colours and a wider choice of papers, digital methods

are being worked on at a fast rate to improve quality and lower costs even further.

The main benefits of digital printing include:

  • Shorter print runs.
  • Lower costs.
  • Quick turnaround times.

Variable data.

So if you need something printed in a hurry then digital printing is the way to go.

Christmas Cards Now In Stock – Get In Quick Before We Sell Out!!

We now have our range of Christams cards in stock. These are charity cards with 10% of the sale price going to the charity of the chosen card. They are a great way to say thankyou to your top clients and wish them the best for the new year. Hurry though as stocks are limited.

Our new look website

Welcome to the new Minutemanpress Frankston website.

Please be patient as we update everything onto the new site.

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