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A proof is a one-off copy of your printed project used for visual inspection to ensure all colors, type and layout are correct. A digital proof is emailed to you prior to sending your project to press.
Usually the digital proof will consist of a PDF format that can be viewed online. For multi color jobs or color specific jobs, we can produce a proof on our printer to show you how the colors will appear during final production.
Your approval on the proof is the best way to ensure that all aspects of your project are correct. Mistakes can and do happens,the benefits of the proof is that the mistake will be caught before the project is completed.
PDF (Portable Document Format) is the preferred file format for submitting projects online.
Occasionally we will accept Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Quarkxpress and Microsoft Word files.
Simply use our file uploader by clicking here. This quick and easy tool will make sure all your files are easily there for us to print.
Every project is different. Some can be produced same day while others may take several days to complete. When placing your order, let us know when you need your job completed and we can figure out how long it will take to be completed. We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to meet even your most demanding project timelines.
Monitors and printers produce color in different ways. Computer monitors use RGB colors (red, green, blue), while printers use CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) colors. CMYK can usually match between 85-90% of the colors in the RGB color spectrum. When a color is selected out of the CMYK model range, the applications choose what it believes to be the closest color to match. Occasionally that can make your images slightly darker than what was imagined.
To prevent color issues, we recommend using Pantones and letting us know the swatches used.
The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a color reproduction standard in which colors across the spectrum are identified with a unique number. The use of PMS colors allow us to precisely match colors and consistency through current and future projects.
The “Bleed” is the area outside of what your project will be trimmed too, we require .25” bleed. During the printing process, we print your project on an oversized sheet of paper and trim it down after printing/assembling. By having the printed image extend beyond the trim size on .125” on all sides, we can ensure that no unprinted portion of the sheet is showing. If nothing in your project has parts of the image near the edge, then adding bleed is not necessary.
Resolution should be a minimum of 300 DPI.
Images pulled from the internet are usually 72 dpi, which is lower than what we require. Images with low dpi tend to print blurry and pixilated. Also, please save all photos and images in CMYK mode, not RGB. This prevents any issues that could occur during print.
The basis of a grade of paper is defined as the weight ( in pounds) of 500 standard sized sheets of that paper type. Here are some of our more popular paper types and their respective weights.
Text– A high quality grade paper with a lot of surface texture. Basis weights range from 60# to 100# with the most common being 70# and 80#. We have silk, gloss, and uncoated text paper available.
Cover – A thicker paper than text. Usually used for creating business cards, postcards and book covers. Available in gloss, silk, coated, and uncoated. Basis weights for this are 80# and 100#.
Bond– Typically 20#. Usually used for letterheads, forms and copies.
While we can describe them on screen, sometimes it’s better to feel a paper’s texture and weight prior to purchase; we have a paper sample book available in our shop.
We offer a variety of binding options, some of the most common are:
Perfect Binding: The outside edges of are glued to create a flat edge.
Saddle Stitch Binding: Staples are along the middle of the folds to bind sheets together. Page numbers must be divisible by 4.
Spiral Binding: Wires in a spiral form are threaded through punched holes. Document can lay flat when opened.
For more information on bindings and photos of finished projects, click here.
During printing, your project’s pages are placed on large sheets of paper that hold two pages on each side, making a spread. After printing, each of these spreads are folded and assembled with staples down the middle. Each set of four pages is made up of one folded piece of paper. It’s physically impossible to make a book with 5 pages, because you’ll have to add an extra folded piece of paper, causing the book to go from 4 pages to 8.
Offset printing uses high quality ink instead of toner, which digital presses use. Digital printing offers incredible quality and has the added benefit of low (almost non existent) set up costs allowing small quantities to be cost effective. Offset printing has a higher initial set up cost, but is more economical to run once setup is complete; this means for jobs more than 500 pieces, the prices per a piece will go down as the quantity increases.