Printing. Considering the range of ways to “get the marks on paper” today, it is a simple word with a complex meaning. Reduced to the basics, printing is the transfer of images from one surface or source (printing plate or digital file) to another (paper or other substrate) using a medium (ink or toner).
As recently as ten years ago, we printers may have been careful to distinguish between printing using an offset press, and copying using an analog copier. But with the introduction of digital copiers, the distinction is becoming much less important.