What Is It?
Digital color printing aims to combine
the benefits of electronic front-end systems with quality printing
approaching or equal to that of projects produced on conventional
presses. It eliminates prepress functions such as platemaking
because projects are produced on desktop publishing systems an sent
directly to press. Using digital technology, printers can output
quantities as low as one. Unlike conventional offset presses, which
are confined to printing the same image page after page, digital presses
can print a different image or variable information on every page.
While the earliest digital systems were relegated to black and white, in
the past few years there has been a surge of spot color and full-color
Form Magazine, February 1996