OASMC - Campus Print and Mail

Offset Press

Amherst College is fortunate to have, not only an on campus copy and print center, but a two color offset press capable of printing high quality business cards, letterhead, envelopes and a variety of custom pieces.

What is an Offset Press?

A printer that uses an intermediate rubber-coated cylinder known as a "blanket" to transfer the image onto the paper. Instead of transferring the image from a metallic drum onto paper as is done with most digital printers, the image is "offset" onto the blanket and then to paper. The blanket creates a smoother image on most types of paper and can print on rough or heavy stock as well as other media. Most offset presses use this lithographic method.

Offset Diagram