TRADITIONAL LITHO PRINT
Surpassing the standard at the Bureau
Whether your project is a few hundred brochures or 100 000 copies of a menu leaflet, we will ensure fantastic, crisp image results each and every time. Choose our traditional litho printing services today – because traditional doesn’t mean old fashioned here. It’s actually used to describe modern techniques used to replicate the same images over and over – using modern litho and digital printing methods.
Lithographic or offset printing has been around for years and although technology (such as digital print) has improved in the industry, litho is still here as a well-chosen choice for making bigger quantity, quality prints.
You can upload your PDF’s onto our super-fast FTP Servers or simply request a driver for a collection. We will then check your PDF and supply you with a printed copy for your approval as a last minute check, before commencing with the print-run. Or we can e-mail you the final version and you can sign off digitally to save time.
Once the proof is signed off, we will confirm the deadline and start producing plates on our Creo Computer-to-Plate system. Those plates are produced using unique state-of-the-art patented “Square-spot” technology, onto thermal plates, which ensures that no detail gets lost in the imaging process. Using photographic techniques, images and type are transferred to printing plates. With little maintenance, printing using offset is best suited for cost-effectically producing large quantities of high quality prints.
Printing accuracy and speed is assured with our modern multi-colour Heidelberg printing presses, as each printed sheet is automatically registered during the print-run and colour is fully electronically optimized with computer controlled Ink-duct setting. Traditional Litho print involves the use of direct printing or offsetting onto a flexible plastic or metal and usually starts off with a high cost set up but the more units that are produced, the more the price is reduced.
There are some factors to consider when choosing between the two prints such as type of stock, turnaround, quality, price and more.
Digital printing is more limited with the type of stock that can be printed onto and is not as great quality as litho print when used on finishes that have been applied. Litho methods print more vivid images onto a wider range of materials.
The time or turnaround that your project takes – digital print is a lot faster as there are less setups needed and no need to make plates.
Personalisation is possible on both but better suited to digital print.
While time influences price, digital is less expensive for shorter runs but litho is cheaper for longer runs because the more units that are made, the more the price per item is reduced.
While some offset printers can accommodate heavier stock, litho is more suitable for the weight of stock.
Litho printing is best for the use of metallic ink and UV varnishing.
While many digital printers are good at matching pantone colours, litho print is better suited for a high quality range of colours, especially if there are spot requirements.
Full colour, shorter run lengths are better for digital while longer, high-quality run lengths are better for litho print.
Litho print is more reliable when it comes to overprinting as digital print tends to lower the quality produced with overprinting.
Digital prints can still print high quality prints at smaller sizes but litho print need higher resolution for high quality results, making image quality of the originala considerable factor.
Offering a wide range of services, choose The Bureau today for all your personalised stationery, banners, marketing materials, events and occasions and so much more. Enquire today and find out what we can help you with.
All jobs are printed to international standard with an ultra-fine screen ruling which ensures sharper, smoother, photographic-like images with richer colours.
Later, images created by this process can be varnished, embossed, engraved or die-stamped to create quality and striking design effects.
Needless to say, that we do most finishing tasks in-house to ensure a faster turnaround time, such as UV-varnishing, laminating, die-cutting, stitching, just to mention a few.