In the digital age of technology, nearly all printers should offer the option of digital printing. Digital printing refers to a number of methods of printing that use a digital source image to directly print to a variety of media outlets. Digital printing generally runs from a computer source and is printed using large format or high volume laser or inkjet printers. Digital printing is generally more costly than the traditional offset printing methods but does reduce the number of intermediary steps needed to make the prints, making it a more efficient printing method.
In the digital printing process no printing plates are used thus making the process more efficient and the turnaround time less expensive. Inkjet and laser printers are the most common methods. During this process the pigment or toner is deposited onto a wider variety of mediums, including paper, canvas, metal, or fabric.
Digital printers offer the following options: