Whether you want to print large quantities of documents without spending a fortune, or just want documents printed with the highest possible quality (i.e. greater detail and colour fidelity), offset printing could be for you.Offset printing is most often used for high volume commercial jobs, like printing newspapers, catalogues and coffee table books. (Digital printing, on the other hand, is best suited for small volume runs, as well as anything where each individual copy needs custom data added, like a name or address.)
But what qualities should you look for in an offset printer, and where can you find a good one in Canberra? Let’s find out.
What makes a good offset printer?
We recommend keeping the following traits in mind when choosing an offset printer.
- High quality equipment. While offset printing certainly isn’t a new technology, using the latest inks, papers and other equipment can help ensure a polished finished product.
- End-to-end service. Many offset printers offer related services like graphic design, binding and embellishing. If you aren’t keen on tackling these tasks yourself, your offset printer may be able to take them off your hands.
- In-house services. The best local offset printers do their printing in-house.
- Commitment to deadlines. Working to a nail-biting deadline? Look for an offset printer with experience working under tight deadlines.
- Value for money. Offset printing can vary in price depending on who you choose. Do your research to make sure you strike the right balance between quality and affordability.
The top offset printers in Canberra – according to you
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
With over 18 years of experience in Canberra, DR Print specialises in printing – but it also binds, laminates, creates digital copies, designs and publishes. Its offset printing presses are ideal for brochures, catalogues and magazines.
Customer Rob shared his experience with DR Print on Google Reviews: “The team at DR print are always very efficient and professional. Not only does the quality of their work exceed my expectations, they are very reasonable in pricing.”
Elect Printing is Canberra’s largest locally owned printing house, with a strong local focus. Where possible, its team chooses to work with and support local suppliers, designers and businesses.
Elect Printing uses a traditional offset press for long run jobs like coffee table books and art prints. And since it also takes care of related jobs like graphic design, finishing, binding, prepress and embellishments, it is ready to handle your next print and design job from start to finish.
Customer Amelia shared her experience with Elect Printing on Google Reviews: “Darren and the team at Elect Printing are great. Easy to deal with, and always willing to assist. Even when I’ve had a last minute job they’ve done their best to accommodate us.”
Union Offset Printers in Fyshwick is a full service printing company that’s been around since 1958. It uses state-of-the-art offset printing presses to deliver the best quality at an economical price.
Union Offset Printers can offset print items like books, booklets and brochures, presentation folders (die cut in-house for faster delivery) and promotional material like posters and business cards. And if the work you need printed is commercially sensitive, rest easy that Union Offset Printers has deep experience producing work under high security requirements.
Here’s what one happy customer had to say about Union Offset Printers on its website: “Thanks so much for the great job you did of the ARC’s document. They are running around in a great flap today (the conference is tomorrow) but they are really thrilled with the program. As always, thanks for a fantastic job.”
New Millennium Print is a boutique, family-owned and operated business specialising in small to medium print runs. For offset printing, it uses a full colour Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 5 printer from Germany. Not only is this printer the only one of its kind in Canberra, but it also allows customers more design options, faster production turnaround and better value-for-money.
Here’s what customer Chantelle had to say about her experience with New Millennium Print on Google Reviews: “I’ve used many other printing companies and I have found new millennium print to be the best as they have the best service and attention to detail.”
Impress Printers is a family owned and operated business, established in Canberra in 1980. Its team prides itself on its commitment to quality, personalised service and minimising its environmental impact.
Impress Printing offers high quality offset printing for large volume jobs.
Client Conway shared their experience with Impress Printing on Google Reviews: “Excellent service and fast turnaround time for a rush job. Prices were reasonable, too! They also provided some good advice for my future files to make mine and their job easier and therefore more efficient and faster. I will use them again.”
Your experience with offset printers in Canberra
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