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The Differences between Digital and Offset Printing


Digital Printing

Digital printing is as good as Offset these days and is used for print on demand situations when you don’t have time to wait for offset press jobs and you can also use editable text printing which turns your written hard copy into editable text and also variable data printing such as sequence numbering or adding names and addresses for advertising situations or just your printing requirements.

Copy Cat can cater for all your printing and pricing needs from pens to posters and everything in-between including stationery packs business cards annual reports and marketing materials or signage the list goes on and on.

Our digital printing services can offer you the same day turnaround in most cases depending on the size and the complexity of the job.

Our machines are super-fast and have professional colour ranges.

We have a wide range of matt, textured and gloss paper and card selections not to mention saving you time and money as we can have set rates weather you print 1 copy to thousands if you are a regular account customer. We can negotiate and lock in regular printing rates. (conditions apply).

Copy Cats quality verses your standard in-house copiers is no comparison not to mention the time and costs to your company for wages and consumables and most importantly time wasted as Copy Cat can meet your budget and give that professional result you need.

Copy Cat can offer the most exciting and up to date technology in digital printing presses in today’s market giving you a better colour result than offset in our opinion and can take care of those small to medium size runs at fantastic prices so you receive your work in time not forgetting the quality and price to fit your budgets.


Offset Printing

This option is used for larger print runs when digital becomes too expensive, also a variance of paper stocks can be used that cannot go through Digital production machines.

This process can take usually from 3-5 working days verses Digital which can be done instantly to a couple of days depending on the complexity of the job.

If you want a consistent professional look with endless quantities needed then this is the answer as the larger the QTY the cheaper per printed item it becomes.

Copy Cat can cater for all your printing and pricing needs for that professional look.

Get more bang for your buck by printing double sided for very little extra “You will be surprised”. We can achieve your result on budget without losing impact.


Disclaimer information

Freight cost will depend on destination, quantity and weight of printed material).

Payment structure is as follows: – a deposit of 50% may be applicable for all printed work unless on account.

You may apply for an account after the first 2 orders are paid for and then have a minimum of $100 per month spent on the account.

Proofs are for confirmation of text and layout purposes only and may not be a true and accurate colour rendition of the final product as digital and off-set printing has different outputs. When comparing with other quotes please check paper quality and GSM thickness is the same etc.

In House printing proofing includes up to 2 proofs supplied at no charge. A $10.00 charge thereafter will be charged for each and every proof supplied.

Offset proofs may be available and may be charged per proof due to the setup of printing plates & large printing presses etc.

Please note that the quotation remains valid for 30 days and assumes that you have print ready artwork with the appropriate bleeds that are required.


For pricing that is being done off-set, the completion of the work will take 7-10 working days from time of artwork approval. For printing done in house, a minimum of 2-3 days must be allowed depending on the amount or printing that needs to be done.

Copy Cat can only estimate times of completion and holds no responsibility if the deadline must be pushed due to any technical difficulties that may occur. Quotes are subject to change if unsighted information was given incorrectly by the customer.

Customers must be aware that on all of our items printed, you cannot expect colours to be exact each time they are printed. Colour variations will occur from run to run which may also vary in PMS, Digital & Off-set Colours.

If you would like previous printing colour matched a sample must be supplied. If after proofing has occurred and on completion of work has an error of any kind the reproduction of this work is at the cost of the client to be re-done.

Reprints will occur at the digression of Copy Cat Management, this does not apply if proofing process was rushed through due to time constraints, incorrectly embedded fonts, colours or general file issues.

Any incorrectly supplied files or files that were corrupted through the transition of artwork from client computer to our system will not be reprinted in error and not proofed by the client.

We recommend proofing with a printed sample where possible to see the finish of the stock and GSM as Copy Cat cannot be held liable for the printed material not meeting the customer’s satisfaction.

All Bartercard printing must be paid for a week prior to the release of the work and if Bartercard is not mentioned during the quoting process then printed product will have to be paid by cash.

All prices within this quotation include GST and where applicable, set up fees may be applicable if artwork is not supplied correctly. Copy Cat Printing & Stationery is not responsible for artwork once approved if any spelling errors etc. occur. Quotation does not include postage fees unless stated.

This quote is valid for 30 days from the quoted date above. Copy Cat can withdraw a quote if quoted incorrectly before proceeding with printing of nominated material.

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