What is an offset press?

 
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Definition
 

An offset press is a sophisticated printing machine designed to produce fine quality reproductions.

 

Offset presses are used almost exclusively in print shops.

Function
 

An offset press works as follows:

 
  • An image from a camera-ready original is reproduced on a paper, vinyl, or metal plate.
  • The plate image is transferred to a rubberized blanket on a cylinder.
  • The image is then transferred to the paper being printed.
Diagram
 

Here is a diagram of an offset press:

 

Illustration

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