Digital vs Lithographic Printing










Do you find yourself getting lost in a maze of printing terms that you can’t quite seem to get your head around? Get the low-down on the two of the most widely used printing terms, what they mean and—most importantly—what they can do for you.

Don’t let the fancy-schmancy name fool you, lithographic printing came from very humble 18th century beginnings. Originally achieved using a rudimentary system of wetting/inking limestone to get a printed relief, lithography (or litho, for short) now uses flexible plates attached to rollers. A tad more efficient, we think you’ll agree.

Lithography is great for those bigger jobs because once the plates have been created, making prints is incredibly cheap and easy. This also means that if you have a long-run print job, like packaging or books, you can enjoy more cost effective printing.











A mere youngster compared to its pal, lithography, digital printing burst onto the scene in the early 90s. Every bit as futuristic as it sounds, digital printing is achieved by transforming images into a matrix of dots (pixels, to you and me) which are used to control the distribution of ink to create the printed image.

Now that you know all about its short, yet complex history, what can digital printing offer you? Aside from gorgeously green credentials, you’ll be able to get small, short print runs easily and at lower prices. If you only need one of something, or like to change up your print regularly, the short affordable runs you can get with digital are ideal.

Can’t decide which you’d rather back? Not to worry! Here at Limelight Design and Print, you can enjoy both digital and lithographic printing in one place, so no matter the size or duration of the job, you’re covered!

Also remember to have a good browse through our site Limelight Design and Print as we offer many different things like Signage, Print, Website Design and Graphic Design.

If you are interested in any of these services then make sure to get in touch by calling us on 01284 848640 or emailing us at

Make sure to sign up to our form to stay up to date with all of our offers.

Share this post

Leave a Comment


Our high quality print can be in your finger tips within 3 days. Specialising in business printing.


Experts in sign printing from correx, foamex and shop facias to banners and window graphics.​


Our website design team will work with you on your website, from initial ideas to final live site.​


Our full service design team can create transform your concept to completion