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What You Need To Know About Digital Printing

Personal computers in small offices and homes necessitated a printing method that could be done directly from these devices. Digital printing has become the preferred (perhaps the only
remaining) method for printing office documents for different purposes. Unlike other printing
techniques that require preparing plates, screens and other aids, digital printing allows quick
editing and printing of what is on an electronic device. Modern printers can even print
directly from USB flash sticks without a PC.

What is digital printing?

Simply put, digital printing is where the image is transferred directly to the printing surface.
This can be paper, plastic, fabric, glass and even ceramic. This is unlike traditional printing
which required preparing a plate or stencil.
Digital printing is usually preferred for paper sizes up to A3. This is because, in large sizes, it
becomes fairly expensive eroding the gains of the faster printing times.
There are two main types of digital printing
• Inkjet printing – A nozzle sprays ink onto the printing surface
• Laser printing – A laser negatively charges a drum which then attracts toner on the
charged parts

Digital printing has some defining characteristics:

• Sheet size – Most digital presses will be able to print up to A3. The Xerox Igen is one of
the few printers that can take larger sizes than this, at 660 x 430 mm sizes.
• Paper – Different paper brings out print differently because of the different water content
and surface texture. The paper that brings out photos well, works out differently for text.
• Printing quality – Digital printing works best for grayscale, black and white text and
graphics. Large images in solid color do not come out very well in digital printing especially
when done on plain paper as they come out over-saturated.
• Finishing – Some types of finishing are tricky to do in digital printing. Laminates and
foils, for example, do not adhere very well to the toner.

What are the advantages of digital printing?

• Fast – Print-on- demand jobs are fast to do. Small runs are easy to prepare and economical.
• Cheaper – Digital printing is cheaper for home and offices printing as there are no plates
or stencils to prepare.
• Easy to operate – Digital printing is easy to set up as many digital printers are plug-n- play.
WYSIWYG editing also makes it easy to make changes to printing jobs quickly, or have
different variations in a short time.

There is no file preparation as printing can be done from different graphics design, word
processing, and document viewing programs.

What type of printing do you do, and what printer kind of do you own?

How To Choose The Right Photo Paper

Not all photo papers are created equal. Most often than not, a great photo is a result of the printing quality and the type of photo paper used.

Most often than not, we fail to look at the effect of photo paper on printing, which affects the vividness of color, the texture or photo surface.

There are several types of photo paper which you can consider when you choosing.


This the most common photo paper widely used. The degree of glossiness is from normal to high glossy.

You may consider using a glossy paper if you want to accentuate the smallest details of the photo. The only challenge is the glaring view from certain angles.


This type of paper is the exact opposite of glossy. This is the best pick if you want zero glossiness. However, the photo could look cheap because of the lack of finish. This is a better option and is commonly used as marketing materials such as flyers, brochures or pamphlets.


This kind of paper represents a type of Satin finish with a textured feel. There are several finish options when going for this kind of paper. There are types that contain a low level of glare which a glossy paper has. It neither contains zero glossiness like a matte finish. It has a soft glow which produces a vivid color and quality may vary depending on the brand quality.


This a neutral type of paper that is in between the glossy and matte finish. It is nowhere near the glossiness of a glossy paper but has a little bit of level of glossiness ranging from a semi-glossy to a toned down glossiness. If you like to print bright colors, this is the best paper to try out because of its effect on printing. It has a lower reflection and makes a photo feel and look like a more traditional photo.

Overall, you need to determine the purpose for printing or how you would like a photo to look like and perhaps how you want your printing to appear to your viewers.



Printing Your Photos Like A Pro

Memories last but some photos don’t. So what should be done to save what is left of your old family photo and print new ones with lasting quality?

Well, I think it’s about time to reprint those old photos with your inkjet printer at home.

The thing is, people just seem to think that printing anew is a quick and easy fix, but there are things to follow to achieve that nice looking photo.

The Rule

Refrain from downsizing your photos. This rule is the golden rule of printing photos.


Photo applications like Adobe Photoshop have the ability to resize photos. So what happens is if you want a 6” x 4” sized photo, and it has a larger size, what you usually do is change the aspect ratio and resample your photo.

For example, your photo is an 8”x 11” at a 1200 x 620 pixels and after resizing it, will take it further down to a 432 x 324 pixels. You can expect that the result is not going to turn out well because the program logically tells you that I am dividing the pixels to come out with a different size apart from the original. Ooopps that is just so wrong!


Remember to check your printer and what type of model you have. Go ahead and review the features or check the manual. If your printer came with a printing software which is mostly the case. If so, that is the best software to use.

On the other hand, if your printer does not have a printing software designed for home printing, check out the latest home printing software. Arcsoft’s is a good example of home printing imaging software.

What To Remember

Remember that great photos are a result of a good photographic quality which can only be achieved by your printer’s conversion process. How that process of printing is delivered to your photo paper also makes a difference. But overall it is the printer that matters.

When buying a printer, you need to check out the features and most importantly search for the product review.

Why Every Student Needs A Printer

Any student who goes to a university or college knows how many pages of paper they print in a year.

Some would say three hundred pages, others at an average of a hundred and fifty pages. It quite varies, but those who are more comfortable with lecture printouts can print as much as two hundred pages a week or two thousand four hundred pages in a twelve-week semester.

Graduate students could even spend more printing. Law students for one, print about an average of a fifteen-page case with about fifty to a hundred assigned cases in just one lecture.

You can try to do the math by looking at your usual activity in school. Here are some of the things the most students print:
1. Research paper
2. Assignments
3. Take home projects
4. Letters
5. Study cases
6. Online notes and reviewers
7. Other references
8. Random downloads
9. Reports or lecture materials and
10. Any useful articles or just about anything relevant

There are a lot more to print when you are a student, God knows how many.

One thing for sure is that the life of a student would be much bearable if printing is made easy at home when you can print without having to go out looking around for print shops.

So what are you still waiting for? You can start by creating a checklist of what you usually use the printing for, and if you think that your time spent outside in printing is becoming more of a hassle than maybe it’s time for you to get your own printer.