Digital printing involves reproducing digital images onto a
physical surface. This is different from other forms of printing like
lithography or gravure as in this, every print can be different since
there is no usage of plate. Furthermore, there is less wastage of
chemical and paper involved in this. Apart from this, the ink does not
saturate the surface, but just makes a layer on the surface.
printing is used for many reasons and in many places. From billboard to
printing out family pictures, all these tasks involve digital printing
The most common form of digital print media is digital
photograph printing. Everyone these days owns a digital camera, be it a
standalone camera or one integrated in mobile phones. Therefore, there
are more chances of pictures being printed, shot by either a digital
camera or a mobile phone camera. This is why, there is a booming demand
for printers who can print digital photographs.
While many people
opt to go to professional shops to get the printing done, a lot of
people buy a printer so they can print the pictures themselves. Many
printing chains allow you to submit the pictures through email on their
website, and then pick them up an hour later at a location near you.
the costs of printing at home or in the shop are almost the same, the
convenience of being able to make as many prints as needed is there. In
addition, the freedom of modifying and editing the pictures in case you
are not happy with the results is the reason why people buying their own
printers these days are increasing. The only thing you need for
printing is an Inkjet printer or a specialised photo printer. You can
even buy mini printers that are relatively small and will not consume
much space in your house.
Digital media also comes
in other less common varieties, such as printing for other purposes
(like business cards, books) or advertisements that are printed out. The
convenience of this kind of media is that it does not take as much time
as previous forms of printing used to take. Usually, you can get your
printing done in a few hours or at maximum in a few days if your order
is large. The cost is even less, as the printer virtually has to make no
effort in printing the pictures.