Difference Between Digital Printing and Analog Printing (Part A)

What is analog printing?

Analog printing refers to the printing process in which manually prepared screens / plates are used for printing any type of material.

What is digital printing?

Digital printing refers to the printing process in which computerized control ink jet printers and laser printers are used for the printing any type of material.

Here I have tried to show the readers that digital printing is far better in all ways as compare to analog printing or conventional old style of printing. Basically the differences between both the printing methods make digital printing superior over analog printing and here I have tried my best to highlight those differences. If you are going to print custom business cards through analog printing and digital printing, the differences are given as follows

1. Printing quality

The above mentioned shows the major difference between analog printing and digital printing due to its printing quality from different aspects. One can easily interpret that digital printing is better.

Analog printing

Digital Printing

Photography

Not good

Good

Embossed printing

Fair

Good

Printing on irregular surfaces

Not good

Good

Variable Data

Not good

Fair

Low quantity printing

Not good

Good

Large quantity printing

Good

Good

2. Difference in printing process

Here I am going to mention a complete process of analog and digital printing to show you a difference from this aspect.

(a) Analog printing Process

All stages involved in analog printing are given as follows

  1. To print any material first step is to create files for each and every color used in printing and a then to separate those files with respect to their colors.
  2. The second step is to create screen for every file with respect to their colors. It means every color needs a separate screen. These screen are produced by heating process

Third step is to dry the screens

  1. Fourth step is about printing. But here again one has to print each colored file separate from rest and after one and other, all colors will be printed.
  2. Dry the colors
  3. Finally keep the screens safe for next time usage.

(b) Digital Printing Process

Now I have mentioned all the stages involved in custom business cards printing through digital printing

  1. Check the received data. Data can be given through soft copy (via email, data transferring devices etc) or hard copy. If data has been taken in hard copy then it is required to convert it in soft copy by scanning the data.
  1. Set media; give a printing command to ink jet printer or laser printer and printing starts.
  2. Full color or full color CMYK data is printing without any separation of colors.
  3. Keep the data in your computer for printing next time.

The above mentioned printing stages show that how much it is difficult to print custom business cards by using screen printing and how effective is to choose digital printing.

Analog printing

Digital Printing

Photography

Not good

Good

Embossed printing

Fair

Good

Printing on irregular surfaces

Not good

Good

Variable Data

Not good

Fair

Low quantity printing

Not good

Good

Large quantity printing

Good

Good