Types of Digital Printing

Digital printing is a cost-effective way to get good quality prints produced in a relatively short period of time. It is a method of printing that has grown almost exponentially over the years due to the efficiency and flexibility that it provides. However, knowing that digital printing is beneficial for your business is only half the story. Read on to find what the different types of digital printing are and what the distinction between them is.

What is digital printing?

Digital printing is the technique used to print digital images directly onto one of a variety of different substrates. In direct contrast to offset printing, there is no need for a printing plate.

This means that digital files such as Jpegs and PDFs can be sent directly for printing on canvas, fabric, cardstock, photo paper, or many other substrates.

Benefits of Digital Printing


  • Affordable

Generally speaking, digital printing is less expensive and eliminates the costly processes of plate-making and setting up the presses.

  • Simplicity

In comparison to many of the other printing techniques available, digital is relatively easy allowing for flexibility, multiple variations and customisation.

  • Efficient

This form of printing offers short runs and usually far less time consuming than other printing techniques.

The Different Types of Digital Printing



This method uses a printer that is designed to copy an image from a digital device like your computer and reproduce it on paper.


Laser printing is also designed to take an image from a digital device and recreate it on paper.

Digital press

This is the digital equivalent of the traditional press and is designed to cater to high-volume orders promptly while still offering high-quality finishes.

Some additional types of digital printing include:

  • Dye sublimation

Dye sublimation is the process that allows you to print on fabric, plastic, and synthetic material. It relies on heat transfer to apply an image onto the intended substrate.

  • Solid Ink

Solid ink is a printing technology used in computer printers and multifunction devices. Printer cartridges are filled with solid ink sticks and loaded into a solid ink printer. When printing is taking place, the sticks are heated to melting point with the ink then being transferred onto paper to produce the print as desired.

  • Thermal wax

A printer that uses heat to transfer an impression onto paper.

Applications of digital printing include:

  • Business card printing
  • Office stationery
  • Envelope ringing
  • Letterhead printing
  • Corporate station

Small Format Digital Printing from the Experts

Expo Group has been a leading provider of printing services for the last 80 years. Whether it has been for small print or business cards in Perth, we have continued to deliver the same high standard of document printing that has allowed our company to grow.