Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video What constitutes digital printing?, part of Print Production Essentials: Digital and Variable Data Printing.
…When I mentioned to a friend of mine that I was working on a title about…digital printing, she sort of looked at me funny…and said, well, I thought all printing was digital.…Now, I can see her point, so I thought…maybe I should define this a little more tightly.…Because it's true that there are digital…aspects for all processes that we call printing.…We're using digital cameras, they don't have any film in them.…We're using page layout programs, we're not cutting out pieces of paper,…we're not using knives and hurting…ourselves while we create our layouts anymore.…
We certainly do an awful lot of Photoshop retouching.…We use computer illustration programs to create logos and diagrams.…And there are lots of automated press controls that make…the printing process more precise than it's ever been before.…So, if I say digital does that mean only…if the image is directly applied to the paper?…Well, that's certainly true with inkjet printers, and by…inkjet I mean what you have on your desktop…and also the grand format printers that can create…
- What constitutes "digital printing"?
- Printing short runs
- Working with digital color and large-format output
- Using InDesign's Data Merge feature to format variable data
- Printing on ceramics, metal, and wood