The list of substrates we can print on is almost endless, from heavy poster paper all the way to canvas for high quality art prints, in any width up to 64" and lengths to 100'. We can also mount to a wide variety of products – corrugated plastics for yard signs, Foamcore board for indoor signs, GatorBoard for products which need to stand up to some abuse. Laminate? Single side or both sides, just let us know what you require. New for 2014: Printing directly to garmet!
Need something tomorrow? Call us today – if we don't have your product in stock, we will have it tomorrow and no deadline is too short.
When the images you're printing run off the sides of the sheet, we call it a Bleed. Pages printed with a white border surrounding images and text are referred to as 'No Bleed.'
Why is 'Bleed/No Bleed' important? Well, obviously it affects the appearance of your materials. But you need to know it also affects PRICE. If you're printing an 8½ x 11 with no Bleed, you can do that on an 8½ x 11 sheet. No cutting. No waste.
BUT, if you're printing an 8½ x 11 with a Full Bleed you'll need to print on a sheet larger than 8½ x 11. This means cutting, it also means waste. Cutting requires labor from our Bindery department, as well as larger sheets for printing. Both cost money.
Crop marks tell our graphic designers exactly where you want your page cut (top & bottom, left side & right side). They also tell our bindery workers exactly where to cut your sheet.
Always try to remember to include 'crop marks' in your design file. And, if you want a 'bleed,' include at least a 1/8” extension of your graphic image beyond the 'crop mark.' This enables our bindery team to cut on the crop marks, and leave a Bleed.
Embossing is a technique that produces raised designs, making the embossed elements appear 3D. Applications include business cards, letterhead, presentation folders & brochures.
Foil stamping is the application of pigment or metallic foil to paper. Foils are often gold or silver, but are also available in a variety of bright colors.
Laminating adds weight, durability and protection to certain printed pieces. We simply insert your printed sheet in a lamination pocket, and then run it through a heat sealer. The end-product is a beautiful printed piece permanently sealed in a plastic cover (like a driver’s license).
Paper Selection: Let’s keep it as simple as A-B-C
A) Stock Type
Cover stock is thick & heavy (covers of booklets, brochures, books and direct mail pieces) and Text stock (lighter and used for most everything else)
B) Stock Weight
In general, stock weight is divided into 3 weight categories – lightweight 80# Cover (like the cover of a magazine), medium weight 100# Cover (often used for a brochure) and heavy weight 120# & 130# Cover (a thick business card)
C) Stock Finish
In the simplest terms there are 4 finishes for both Cover stock & Text stock; Gloss (shiny), Dull (flat), Matte (flat finish in areas that have written copy and shiny finish for graphics) and Texture (mostly for letterhead).