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Going Over Over/Under Policies

With some types of high speed production of printing ink on paper, it can take time to get your printed artwork ‘up to spec’ to where it looks good enough to be approved by the press operator. And this can take less or more time than anticipated. 

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Offset Printing: Ready, (Off)Set, Go!

Offset printing is a technique in which the image is transferred, or “offset,” from a printing plate to a rubber blanket to the paper. It’s called "offset" because the ink is not transferred directly from the plate to the printing surface, as it is with something like letterpress printing.

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CMYK vs Spot Color Printing

Two of the most common printing styles are with Spot Colors and CMYK. Previously, we discussed in this post, spot colors refer to a single solid color to print with. A print job can have multiple spot colors. Usually spot colors are printed using the Pantone (PMS) color system that allows for consistent color outcomes across various orders. 

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Screen Printing: Getting Your Designs Beyond The Frame.

Screen printing, or silk screen printing, is a printing method where a fine mesh screen is stretched across a frame and ink is placed into the screen. Screen printing is done one color at a time. So each screen will be printing only one of the design colors. That’s why you’ll have one screen setup cost per color, per print location. The most common items that use screen printing are t-shirts, hoodies, apparel, reusable water bottles, and metal signage.

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Make an Impression with Letterpress Printing

Letterpress is a printing technique used to create a 3D impression on paper. With letterpress printing, when you pass your fingers over the art, you’ll physically feel the design. It uses an inked, raised plate, pressed against paper. It’s often used in the production of high end invitations, business cards, notecards and for some retail packaging. You know, the ones that make you comment on how nice of a card it is when you’re holding it. Letterpress is printing that you can feel.

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What is Pantone and how can it help you find your perfect match?

If I were to ask you to “think of the color red”, your mind will bring up a mental image of what that color looks like. If I were to do the same exercise, my mind may bring up an entirely different color for what red looks like. This could be a great cause for error in printing and the world of design. Enter a solution: Pantone.

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What’s embroidery? And why it’s so popular with brands for creating apparel swag.

Embroidery is where designs and patterns are stitched onto fabric using a needle and thread or yarn. It is often used in creating ‘branded’ shirts, beanies, hoodies, hats or any cotton or poly fabric. It’s also used in creating design patterns on linens, drapery and towels. You know, the kind that makes grandma’s bathroom hand towels impossible to dry your hands with. 

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