Offset printing services is mostly recommended for bulky printing services. This is because it economy way of printing huge runs quite faster than ordinary or digital printing on less cost.
Offset printing is a process which involve a series of activities right from designing to final output. The following process are involved in offset printing:
Art work preparation
The offset printing process start by obtaining the right artwork. The artwork is prepared by offset graphic design and maximized for offset print. Depending on the designing software which the printing company may have, the artwork is either in Corel draw, InDesign, illustrator, PDF among others. This step is vital because the artwork must be correct in order to have a quality output and print. Lucky enough, Kenya printing industries have a number of high trained and experienced graphic designers for the task. A printing firms may have in house designer or outsource designing services.
The next step of offset printing services is making plates. Plate are metal like material which has a featured to transfer images into an offset printing machine. Unlike, years back when this process was cumbersome, the introduction of CTP (computer to plate) plate making machines as made the process easier. CTP plates also are better in term of registration as compared to traditional plates where individuals were required to have a film, which was prepared manually and in turn errors.
Sample and proof of colour
At this juncture, you have the plates ready for offset print. But before actual printing happens to may need a print proof. The sample proof helps the operator to get the actual collection or understand the colour combination has embed on the plates. This step may not be necessary depending on the task. For instance if the work being printed is one color , for instance black and self-explanatory, this step may be omitted. But most printing company and good printing practice advocates for the same.
Actual printing on offset machine
This process involves the actual plates being fed on the offset printing machines for run. This process of running onto offset printing machines varies depending on two aspects: one, the type of the machines the printing company owns and two, the number of colors on the job.
On one color printing machines, the operator may need to have several runs before achieving final output, while on 4 color machines, I run will produce a final print.
The last time of offset printing process and services involves finishing activities. The printed works may need to undergo several finishing. This may differ depending on the time of work and final output. Some of the finishing include: cutting, perforation, serialization and numbering, punching, lamination, perfect binding among others,
Offset Printing Machines
For any printing company to undertake offset printing services it must have offset printing machines. Or at least me able to access the offset printing company. Offset printing machines are quite expensive machines and thus not very printing firm can own them, but in turn they can outsource the offset printing services from printing companies that owns the offset machines. Here are list of some of the offset machines that most of the printing companies in Kenya have: Gestetner 201/211/303, Gto 46, gto 52, speed masters 52/72 , Kord, MO machines, abdick machines among others.
Common offset printing works
There a number of print work that commonly done on offset machines. This is because it may economical or bulky. Some of this print include: books printing, transaction books printing like receipt books, invoice book. ledger etc, products labels, business forms, magazines and newsletters, posters, letter heads, brochures, folders, among others.
Lastly, there is a number of great and quality offset printers in Kenya as compared to many east Africa countries. You can visit OLS BUSINESS DIRECTORY for the printing companies listing.
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Offset printing is most preferred for bulky printing services. Printing in Kenya is very competitive and there is huge invest into offset printing machines as compared to others East Africa nation. The rate cards of the offset printing works vary from printing company to another . Moreover, the prices of offset printing services largely depends on the quantity, type of printing material and indeed number of colors or runs.
To get an accurate quote of the specific item, the buyer need to contact specific printing company in Kenya.