Photocopying or Printing?

 by: Florie Lyn Masarate

There was a time when photocopying is something you do not consider an option for your printing materials. That you would rather have them printed and spend more money in order to have a presentable print result. It cannot be denied though that copiers are getting more sophisticated and going digital as time goes on. This development is indeed creating a thin line between photocopying and printing.

In photocopying, especially digital photocopying, a fast turnaround is given not only in large quantities but also in smaller ones. Copy shops now have more machines ready to cater to the copying needs that people require. This saves their customers the trouble of waiting in line and wasting a lot of their precious time. Besides that, preparations are not anymore needed as digital copiers are always ready for the next copy job. Money wise, fixed and affordable prices are associated with the amount of copies the customers may wish to have. This makes copying more ideal for lower quantities than for larger quantities.

In printing, on the other hand, a printing job will take longer because of the pre-press preparation that should be done initially. Direct-to-plate printing could have done the printing job faster but only a few printing companies offers this kind of service now. If people choose this printing type, they would have to wait for the others who may want to have the same service. The customers can get the best quality in prints that the company can offer using their sophisticated tools. The money you pay for is justified by the best result you will get.

Comparing these two in terms of quality, printing wins hands down. You would not be able to get the same or even close to the quality of printing in copying. You can have a variety of paper stocks to choose from that will best suit your printing needs. The cost is the downside though. Printing is much more expensive and only the people with enough budgets can afford having them done this way.

Photocopying, obviously, is cheaper. If time is a consideration and not the quality, this is how you should go about reproducing your project. Also best for small amounts and budget-conscious people.

Printing and photocopying have their advantages and disadvantages that can be likewise compatible to what suits the needs of their customers. It will all sum depending on the different needs that different people have. Knowing these facts would surely help them decide which is best for their printing needs.


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About The Author

Florie Lyn Masarate got a flair for reading and writing when she got her first subscription of the school newsletter in kindergarten. She had her first article published on that same newsletter in the third grade.

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