Saturday, October 3, 2009

Graphic Designer: Making HIGH PAYMENTS and EXPENSIVE

Graphic Design JOBS as the whole habits of design works in printing business application often appearing paradoxial condition. This mean there are difference opinions range between graphic designers and their clients.
How bads the aspects inside which are contrary statements in commonly graphic design jobs for printing preparation?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

9 Amazing Resources for Free Vector Graphics

Below we have compiled a list of the best free web sites to freely download Vectors, very useful for graphic design jobs you have, we’ll call them general, but in the second half of the post you will find specialized resources dedicated to vector logos, brands, cartoons and icons..

Vector Resources

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Low Cost Printing with Black Plate Technique

This printing techniques tips could be the cost savings on doing printing matters by choosing black plate optimizing. This technique tips only well-handed by the expert graphic designer or experienced printing companies to be tight on printing cost. When designing a piece for translation or other variety data, the main trick is to keep anything that changes on the black plate, or key plate only.

By doing this you will be able to keep the other three plates when you change over from one language to the other, and you will only have to pay the cost of the black plates. If you were to translate a flyer in 5 languages and you used this printing method, you would be paying the cost of 8 plates instead of 20. The more pages your design has, the more you save...

Printing Ink Problems – FULL BRIEFS

Sometime you have to meet some of printing ink problems in your printing business works. You should know about printing problems related with inks to solve your problems and continuing your printing jobs smoothly.

PRINTING INKS - Standard Types

Many printing inks used by any purposes produced by printing ink manufacturers. These printing inks commonly used for small business to high-scale printing business activities, from small home business printer to the large printing machine usage. 
What kinds of printing inks type ready on the market?

Printing Lamination – FAMOUS METHODS

A Lamination in printing business works is laminating of printing matters surfaces to make them look exclusively. The printing lamination could give you more fine results and durability of printing matters. It is widely used for finishing works in printing brochures, flyers, business cards, catalogs, etc.

SFM-1000 Water Soluble Laminating Machine

Here are the famous methods of printing lamination used in printing business activities...


Metallic ink provides a distinctive look to a variety of print applications. The ink is produced by blending different types of metallic powders into the ink mixture, such as aluminum powder to create a silver appearance and bronze powder to create a gold appearance. Some metallic inks can nearly duplicate the look of foil on some applications without the need to purchase the additional equipment required for foil stamping.

Metallic ink is more challenging for the press operator to control than conventional ink. One reason for this is that the metallic powder blended into the ink mixture cannot be ground as fine as other pigments because the metallic ink will lose its luster. The larger particles create problems on the press, especially with the offset lithography process. To overcome some of the special print problems, some printers do a double hit (running the piece through the press a second time to apply another coat of ink to strengthen the coverage).

Most printers require an upcharge for the use of metallic ink on an application because the ink is more expensive to produce and makes the print job more time consuming. Metallic ink tends to have a much shorter shelf life than standard ink.

Magnetic ink
Magnetic ink is comprised of a petroleum-base ink blended with magnetic iron oxide particles. The magnetic iron oxide particles allow documents printed with this type of ink to be read and sorted by electronic scanning equipment. Checks are an example of a document printed with magnetic ink. The MICR (Magnetic Ink Character Recognition) number at the bottom of the check is the only portion of the check printed with the magnetic ink. The remaining copy on the check is printed with standard ink to ensure that no other printed area on the check interferes with the ability of the scanner to read the magnetic MICR number.

Non-porous Ink
Non-porous ink is used for printing on substrates, such as metal or plastic, that do not allow ink to be absorbed into the material. Because the printing surface of these materials is nonabsorbent, the ink dries solely through oxidation rather than absorption.

Fluorescent Ink
Fluorescent is another type of ink that can provide a distinctive look for a variety of print applications. Fluorescent ink colors are most often printed on labels, posters, and signs that are used for alerting people to hazards or attracting their attention to advertising pieces.
There are several points to consider when using fluorescent colors. The ink tends to fade quickly, so they should be kept out of direct sunlight. Because of their tendency to fade, fluorescent inks have a short shelf life. Another point to consider is that fluorescent ink is very transparent, so it may require a double hit (a second run through the press) in order to achieve the desired results. In spite of this potential problem, fluorescent ink is a good choice for creating emphasis and increased visibility.

Phosphorescent Ink
Applications printed with phosphorescent inks acquire a "glow in the dark" property after the phosphorescent area has been exposed to light. The length of time that an application will glow in the dark depends upon the ink ingredients and the length of time that the application is exposed to light. In some cases, a 10-30 minute exposure to light can yield an afterglow of up to 12 hours. The ingredients of phosphorescent ink are nontoxic and are free of radioactive additives. It is very useful for road signs, sporting goods, exit signs, safety products, toys, and novelty items.

Pearlescent Ink
Pearlescent ink is a specialty ink that is used to add highlights and depth to the printed area of an application. It is able to provide an almost 3-dimensional effect to some applications.

Edible Ink
Edible ink is used on print applications that may come into contact with food or the ink may be part of the food product and therefore it must be made of totally nontoxic ingredients. An example where edible inks are used would be in the monogramming found on some confectionery items. Because the inks are used on food items, they are strictly regulated by the government.

Scratch and Sniff Ink
Also known as a microencapsulated ink, scratch and sniff ink releases a fragrance when the microcapsules are broken. The scratch and sniff ink is commonly used in magazines for perfume advertisements. When the consumer scratches the surface of the designated area of the ad, the capsules are broken, releasing the fragrance.

Medical Device Ink
Ink used for printing on medical devices is made of nontoxic ingredients so that direct printing on noninvasive surgical and medical disposable items is possible.

Moisture Resistant Ink
Moisture resistant ink is most often used for different types of packaging or for applications that may be used outdoors.

Security Ink
There are a variety of inks that provide added security features to print applications. Some security inks allow documents to be created that are tamper proof, while the use of other types of security inks prevent documents from being copied. Security inks include the following varieties:
Coin Reactive, Bleeding, Erasable, Heat Reactive, Visible Infrared, Optically Variable, Pen Reactive, Penetrating, Photochromic, Solvent/Chemical Reactive, Thermochromic, Water Fugitive, UV Invisible Fluorescent

Desensitizing Ink
Desensitizing ink is a transparent ink that is applied to the face of CF (Coated Front) and/or CFB (Coated Front and Back) carbonless paper in order to deactivate the CF coating. The use of desensitizing ink is important when an application requires that handwritten or imprinted data not be transferred through the various pages of a carbonless form in specific areas.

Electronic Ink
Electronic ink can be transformed from bright white to dark and then back to bright white again with a small electrical charge. The ink consists of plastic microcapsules that contain both dark dye and white ink chips. The microcapsules are sandwiched between thin layers of flexible material, which substitutes for traditional paper. When an electrical charge is applied, some of the white chips float to the top of some capsules to create a white surface and in other capsules, the white chips remain at the bottom allowing the dark fluid to remain visible.


Printing Coating – FAMOUS TYPES

Coating of printing matters surfaces could provide the best surface properties and protection for printed surfaces. When coatings are applied as an off-line process over dry ink, they create a bold effect, but when applied as an on-line process, they create a much more subtle effect over ink that is still wet. Among the most popular coatings are overprint varnishes, aqueous coatings, UV coatings, and EB coatings.

Overprint Varnish
Applied during the printing process or as an off-line process, overprint varnish is much like a solvent-based ink. The different varieties are usually colorless, but sometimes they are tinted to achieve a desired effect. Varnish can be applied as an all-over coat or in spots to highlight a specific area of a printed piece.

Overprint varnish is available in glossy, dull, or satin finishes. Gloss varnish creates a smooth surface over the paper, filling in any voids or irregularities that may be on the surface. Dull varnish also fills in irregularities to form a smooth surface, but it diffuses light that reflects back to the eyes, which creates a dull appearance. A nearly 3-D effect can be created by applying gloss varnish to a subject and dull or satin varnish to the background. The subject will appear to jump off the page. In addition to applying varnish as a solid coat, it can also be printed as a halftone (series of dots) in order to provide subtle effects and to provide printed objects with an increased dimensional appearance. The effects that can be achieved are endless when using different combinations of varnish, paper, and ink.

Besides design effects, another important aspect of varnish is the protection it provides. A coating of varnish over a printed piece protects it from the wear and tear that is part of every day handling, allowing the document to remain intact for a longer period. An all-over coat of satin varnish will protect the printed surface without drawing attention to the fact that varnish was used for protection purposes.

A disadvantage of varnish is that many of them are solvent-based. Solvent-based means that they emit VOCs while they are being applied, which can be a health hazard for the press operator unless the proper safety precautions are followed. Another disadvantage is that varnishes tend to yellow over time if they are formulated with tung or linseed oil. Varnishes with alkyd formulations will not yellow, but they are not as glossy or as hard as tung or linseed oil.

The use of varnishes on print applications should be planned early in the design process. They should not be applied as an afterthought in order to try to cover-up a poor choice in paper, ink, or design.

Aqueous Coating
An aqueous coating is usually applied during the printing process and can be applied as an all-over coat or in patterns or spot coatings. Like varnishes, an aqueous coating offers protection for the printed document and provides numerous effects for print applications. Aqueous coatings are available in gloss, matte, and satin finishes. Among the advantages that aqueous coatings have over solvent-based varnishes is that they will not yellow over time and they are less toxic and emit fewer VOCs.

UV Coating
UV coatings come in a liquid or paste form and remain as a liquid or paste until exposed to ultraviolet light. The printed page is covered with the UV coating and is then exposed to the UV light, which causes photoinitiators within the coating to immediately react, creating a hard protective finish. Ingredients called monomers give the coating its gloss and hardness characteristics. UV coating, which is also known as an Energy Curable coating, provides the best surface properties and protection for printed surfaces. Some benefits of UV Coating include:
- Greater opacity, Color stability, Deeper and more vibrant colors and color tones.
- Sharper graphics, Higher gloss, Uniform surface to give labels a more vibrant look.
- Scuff resistance, Instantaneous curing, Allows for in-line die cutting.
- Chemical resistance, Better outdoor endurance.
- Environmentally safe - No VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are produced.

EB Ink / Coating
Like UV inks/coatings, EB (Electron Beam) is an energy curable coating, but it is hardened with the use of a concentrated beam of high energy electrons. EB inks/coatings do not contain photoinitiators because the high energy electron beam is all that is necessary to cure the surface.

Other Coatings
Other types of coatings include clay coatings to add strength and gloss to paper, whitewash coatings which are used as a finish coat for such items as Kraft paper, and grease resistant coatings used on applications for industrial and scientific uses.


PANTONE Color Matching Sample

Pantone Matching System® uses 11 basic colors to achieve over 1000 color mixtures that are used by printers and art departments. The basic printing colors that are used are: yellow, warm red, rubine red, rhodamine red, purple, violet, reflex blue, process blue, green, black, and transparent white, which appears clear.

Each of the mixed colors are assigned a PMS number. The first number assigned for a mixed color is 100 and the numbering proceeds up from that point. The instructions for mixing the color are listed below the color swatch.

The mixing instructions include the number of parts of the specific base colors that are necessary to mix a particular color, as well as a percentage of the total volume for each of the colors that are required. For example, to mix the color, Pantone 198 (a red color), the mixing instructions are listed as follows:

6 parts (37.5%) Rubine Red
2 parts (12.5%) Yellow
8 parts (50%) Trans. White

By using the various ink formulas found in the swatch book, ink manufactures and printers can mix colors to exact specifications. Pantone also issues a digital color guide for electronic publishing which lists the color formulas in a format necessary for the colors to be displayed on a computer screen.

Note: Pantone Color Guides should be replaced after one year because the printed colors in the swatch book will shift or fade and will no longer be a true representation of the actual colors.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Famous Printing Processes

There are many printing processes and methods to finish your printing project. Discover the range of printing methods and when to use which type of printing process that fit with your printing cost. Sometime you must choosing a way for your printing business works or for your own printing need.

Digital / Desktop Printing
Desktop printing is important to desktop publishing. It was primarily the introduction of both the Apple LaserWriter, a PostScript desktop printer, and PageMaker for the Mac that kicked off the desktop publishing revolution. Inkjet and laser printers are the most common type of desktop printers and are generally used for personal small volume printing and proofing.

Laser / Digital Printers
Speed and lower operation costs make laser printers attractive to many businesses. Color lasers can be found at service bureaus and printers and are often used to produce high-resolution color digital proofs. Adobe PostScript capabilities found in many laser printers make them popular with graphic designers and desktop publishers who often utilize EPS images and PostScript files.
For quality comparable to a high-end laser printer, the Xerox DocuTech printer offers toner-based digital printing for short runs and print-on-demand projects. There are both B&W and color DocuTech printers.

Digital Ink-based Printing
Some digital ink-based printing processes are used for desktop printers and others are normally used for higher volume business printing or by quick printers, inkjet being the most common. Currently, inkjet printing is the primary printer technology for home, home offices, and many small businesses.
Inkjet printers are inexpensive and produce good color output but can be slow. Best results are normally achieved when printing to specially coated inkjet or photo papers.

Dye-sublimation printers use high heat and solid dyes to produce photo lab-quality images and are favored by some graphic designers for high-end proofing and by some businesses who want to produce the best possible color materials in-house.

Solid ink printers are generally low-cost to operate, not requiring the more expensive inkjet papers to achieve good results. However, solid ink printing output is still not as high-quality as laser or inkjet printers.

Offset Lithography
Offset lithography is the most commonly used commercial printing process for the bulk of desktop publishing on paper. Offset lithography is used on both sheet-fed and web offset presses. The three primary differences in offset printing and desktop printing (such as inkjet and laser) are the colors of ink and the way the ink is placed on the paper as well as the type of printing machinery used to accomplish the task.

Frequently used for printing on plastic, foil, acetate film, brown paper, and other materials used in packaging, flexography is also known as flexographic printing or flexo. Some typical applications for flexography are paper and plastic bags, milk cartons, disposable cups, and candy bar wrappers. Flexographic printing may also be used for envelopes, labels, and newspapers.

Gravure Printing
Gravure printing is commonly used for labels and packaging, competing against flexography. Photogravure is a process used mostly for fine art prints

Thermography is often used in place of the more expensive engraving process to produce wedding invitations, business cards, and letterhead with raised printing.

Letterpress printing is still used for some newspapers, books, and limited edition prints. Letterpress may also be used for printing business cards, letterhead, posters, and some forms but mostly replaced by offset printing and other processes.

Screen or silkscreen printing is popular for t-shirts but works for many other non-textile projects as well such as CDs, vehicle billboards, signs, and posters.

Stochastic printing may be used for some fine art prints.

Thermal autochrome printers are aimed primarily at digital photographers.

Thermal wax printers produce vibrant color but require very smooth or specially-coated paper or transparencies for best output. Thermal wax printing technology works well for businesses that need to produce large quantities of transparencies for colorful business presentations.


Saturday, May 23, 2009


How unique your menu restaurant looks like? Digital printing techniques provide wonderful advertising for your own business such as: fast food restaurant, cafe, etc. Your menu restaurant printing made faster, clearly, and of course low cost printing. More food related business are branching out into the take out world to give more choice and options to their customers and therefore increases their sales.

Here are digital printing tips for your menu restaurant printing:

1. Create special deals on your menu that customers can quote when they order.
Meal deals, special take out prices and low delivery costs including in your menu printing, are all great tempters for people when choosing where to get their quick food. Even if you are a high end restaurant, giving people the choice to get a full meal to enjoy at a special rate can make the difference when they are in town and feeling hungry. They will remember this special offer they saw on your menus and actively seek out your business.

2. Menu printing itself is a great idea for advertising your restaurant's take out services.
You can supply a copy of your menu to everyone in the locality you can deliver to. This shows potential customers exactly what food you do and when they feel in the mood they'll pick up your menu for ordering.

3. You don't need to just hand out the menus at doors, remember to include one of your menus with every order.
This is simple yet a highly effective method of advertising for your restaurant. Menus may get misplaced, damaged and get food on them very easily so you need to ensure that customers have a replacement menu when they order so the next times they want take out they'll go back to you. More often than not, if a customer is choosing a restaurant to purchase food from, they'll simply choose the one they have a menu for.

4. When considering menu printing services you should also consider student discounts. Students have very busy and hectic lifestyles and many of them do not have the time or money to spend on expensive food and cooking. Applying a special student discount when designing for menu printing will encourage young students to choose your restaurant over competitors. If they have a collection of menus to choose from, special advertising rates can really appeal and make your menu stand out above the rest.

5. Find a company you can rely on for consistent menu printing quality, bulk orders and continuous custom.
You will always need a large supply of menus to keep your business growing and growing as well as maintaining current customers. Professional menu printing is a must have ingredient for your restaurant business so make sure you find a reliable and quality professional menu printing service.


Corporate Clothing for Advertising Tool

Yourcorporate clothing describe what your company's business. Advertising by corporate clothing is one of marketing tools that very effective promotion. Corporations may have to meet very rich clients, international clients or prominent celebrities. Your company’s workers should appear highly professional and impeccable in their tastes. Men are expected to wear a quality suit, and women should be attired in a similar, professional manner. You may not be able to find corporate clothing at a casual retail store.

You can find suits anywhere, but are they really industry standard when you’re talking about worldwide communication?

In business it is important that you dress for success. When customers see the company you represent they want to know that it is professional, outstanding in service and successful in all of its endeavors. It may be vain, but it’s true: clothing can project failure or success. This is why companies invest a lot of money into casual corporate clothing.

If a new client were to walk inside an office of your company but found a bunch of casually dressed, unkempt people who were chewing tobacco and playing video games, what kind of impression would that leave? They may be having fun, but is work their first priority? The client may wonder if his or her business would be their first priority. It’s easy to reassure someone of this notion, but actions speak louder than words, and a strong visual results from the action taking place.

Hence, when clients see a well-managed office with happy people, busy people and a clean environment, their confidence is reassured without the need for persuasion. This should emphasize to you the importance of corporate clothing.

All of this is true of professional attire, but you may know notice that sometimes corporate people are dressed casually, such as when they are out in public or going about a more laborious task. This manner of corporate clothing may be casual but it is still very clean and professional in appearance. Some corporations create casual wear for their employees for more strenuous work activities. They may even encourage employees to wear them outside the office in an effort to promote the company name and logo. Proudly advertising your company by casual corporate clothing that you wear. This is a great promotion in brand building!

You can have corporate clothing made for your company and have the insignia printed on a hat, shirt, pants or jacket. This also goes a long way in promoting positive employer-employee relationships. Employees can then feel like they are a part of a company family. Furthermore, wearing this company-branded clothing can help workers to retain their professional demeanor and always be accommodating to potential clients. Remember that corporate clothing doesn’t have to be cheap stuff. Some of the top companies of corporate clothing producers are partly affiliated with major manufacturers like Nike, Hanes, Champion and Anvil.

Whether you are looking to improve your appearance or just have a friendly game of golf among your employees then your answer is in corporate clothing. You can find corporate clothing online for discounted prices, and of course, completely customizable for all of your promotion and marketing tool.


Packaging Boxes Printing BENEFITS

APackaging Box Printing is the technology of surrounding or protecting products from external hazards for distribution, storage, sale, and use. Boxes are mainly used for packaging of goods and materials. In the dynamic environment, people are often busy in the process of moving houses, apartments and offices.

They always plan their move in an organized manner through packaging in boxes. Packaging also refers to the process of production, evaluation, and packaging design. Packaging serves a number of purposes including protection and description of the contents inside packaging, theft prevention, and product promotion.

If you are doing a business that involves in transportation of goods, you need shipping boxes. Boxes make the first impression for your business, so your boxes must reflect your professionalism. Customers always appreciate their shipments arriving in great condition with the packaging intact, so your mailing boxes should be strong enough to take the attention of your customers.

Many box manufacturer and supplier of all types of boxes and packaging products can provide excellent boxes to ensure that your move is safe and hassle free. These cardboard boxes are ready for moving all of the time. We provide services for big box retail, box bag retail, box contact maker, Box Factory, box for wholesale packaging, box maker, box packaging, box packaging for cosmetic, cardboard packaging, Fancy Cardboard Boxes, gift box packaging, Manufacture Cardboard Box, box manufacturer, Paper Boxes, Retail Packaging Suppliers, Round Cardboard Boxes, small soap packaging box, Wholesale Stationary Boxes.

They will work with you to create a packaging solution that works for your business. For most shipping and packaging purposes, their standard cardboard boxes can be used. For small sipping items, you can buy small boxes. For additional protection of your items, you can use our heavy duty boxes.

The moving packing boxes can also be used in moving of your office, home, or apartment etc. We always struggle to meet and exceed your expectations; so they are always looking for new and innovative ways to offer an excellent level of service. Whether you need a single box or a bulk quantity of boxes, they can offer you all solutions.


IMAGES Quality for Online Printing

Your printing project could working with an online printing company. Always ask what your options: images quality or resolution are and work with the necessary experts to solicit much needed opinions from when you are doing online color printing works.

These are printing tips that you consider for images quality for doing online printing option:

• Good resolution is directly proportional to the amount of pixels or dpi. This state is first time asked by an online printing company of your printing order.
• Getting high resolution is important when acquiring the image. It is essential to scan images at high resolution, or take pictures using large file formats.
• But when these files are transferred in the computer, the most important consideration is to maintain the original resolution. Some data can be lost along the way when resizing and saving the prints. Loss of data results to poor quality images. Thus, it is best to save in lossless files such as .eps or .tiff.
• Always be aware in the file formats you save your files in. Sometimes, certain file formats may compress your image which may not be good as it can affect the quality of the resolution.
• When other people recklessly resize their design or images, the images quality and resolution becomes low. By not viewing the file too in the "actual image" size, it becomes unnoticeable that the print has become pixilated.
• On another angle, people resize their design print to have more dpi or more pixels, where the image resolution or quality may still suffer. Although there are more pixels, what this simply does is that it copies the data of the surrounding pixel or simply breaks up a pixel in more pieces. This does not make the image clearer, just as slicing the pizza in more pieces doesn't make it larger.
• Sometimes, the problem of resolution starts with taking the picture or scanning the picture. The discussion for this may be quite lengthy, but if you do plan to use the image for your prints, always start with a resolution in a high setting.
• Always observe designing in CYMK mode rather than converting your RGB designs later into CMYK for color printing. If you do the latter, you will risk adjusting the color levels once again to acquire the colors you originally had. You had to exert twice the effort and time for nothing.
• If you had original images in RGB which contains bright colors, printing them out in CMYK would only give you dull and even flat prints. Do not risk this for your full color print jobs. Always remember to upload images in CMYK mode.

Pre-press experts would and can advise you on the right file formats, resolution and even colors. Technical service representatives would help you work out sending your files, converting them in the right manner and such. Graphic Designers too would help you or advise you in maintain the image quality and color accuracy of your prints.

The best way to ascertain the validity of some claims is to call the printing service provider. They should be able to walk you through the four color printing process, that will enable you to have the best quality print at the lowest price. Ask them for printing tips, and for your color printing options.



APlastic card is necessary for your school or for a small business you own.Printing ID cards with your own card printer is a simple task. It just simply connects your printer to your computer and it will print out the same way like your paper printing machine. Plastic card printer prints your image on plastic instead of printing it on a piece of paper.

Learning to print your own plastic card is truly an advantage. You can have a great deal of this anxiety and stress out of the printing process. If you print them yourself, you can control over your cards directly, according to your desire styles, their size and more. If you have been paying another company to print your ID cards, then you probably understand how costly this procedure can be. It’s also demanding to obtain the cards printed precisely based on your desire. It can be an exasperating process if the cards turn out to be inappropriate or with even a small flaw.

Here is some of that useful hardware for your own plastic card printing project:

It is the same as your paper printer needs ink ribbons or ink cartridges, and so your card printers as well. Ribbons for your card printers are created uniquely for printing on cards, and help you obtain the job done in a precise manner. In this way, you can have professional quality cards, printed right in your own home or office.

Laminating is very essential in protecting your card, especially with ID cards or badges that are used on a regular basis. There are different ways to achieve lamination however one of the simplest is buying laminates which is appropriate for the cards like sleeves and help to protect them and make them lasting.

Cleaning Kits
Proper maintenance is very important to keep your card printer working accurately and help to last for a long time. To achieve the best from your machine, you should purchase cleaning kits that will help to keep it operating at utmost performance.

PVC Cards
You can buy PVC cards for printing on. There are many different designs, colors and qualities to choose from, but you have the liberty to find the perfect ones for your demands.

These are just some of the main pieces of card printer hardware you will need for printing your own ideal cards. However, this is not a comprehensive list and there are many other products that can help you reach your desire output in a simpler and easier process. It can also help you add other varieties of fashion and details to your printed cards.

So, grab your own plastic card printing tools for your perfect plastic cards! Do your own thing and style and be more creative and stylish through your own plastic printing machine.


Woodcut Printing - How to Make it

The woodcut printing has a long tradition particularly in the Chinese and Japanese cultures. Woodcut printing is capable of a wide range of effects from the subtle, poetic, multicolor, detailed prints of the Oriental artists to the bold, expressive, graphic, black and white prints of the German Expressionist artists in the early twentieth century.

Making a woodcut or wood block printing is simple, does not require expensive material and can even be done without a printing press.
Materials required for creating a woodcut print are as follows:

• Block printing ink – either water based or oil based
• Wood block – soft wood like pine or linoleum
• Ink roller – rubber
• Woodcutting tools – V-shaped, U-shaped and straight edged
• Printmaking paper – acid free printmaking paper – either standard white or handmade papers of any type
• Wood spoon or printing press – large wood spoon with a broad flat back surface or an etching press
• White pencil – conti or pastel pencil

STEP 1. Preparing the Block
Once you have your wood block and your cutting tools, you are ready to begin the creative process. One important factor to keep in mind when you begin is that the print will be a mirror image of the image you cave into your wood block. You should sketch out your idea on paper first, then coat your wood block with a thin layer of black ink using your ink roller and some black printing ink. Let the ink dry and then draw your image on the plate with a white pencil or a white ink pen. The coating of black ink on the wood block will make your image more visible while you are carving the image into the wood block.

STEP 2. Carving the Image
Using your carving tools, carve the image into the wood. If you want an expressive image, then cut and carve the wood aggressively using a broad cutting took and don’t worry about the details and, conversely, if you want a more realistic detailed image using a smaller V-shaped tool, slowly and carefully cut your image into the wood block.

STEP 3. Proofing the Image
At any point during the carving process you can make a proof of your image so that you can evaluate the way your print will look and so that you can adjust your process if necessary. You should be aware that proofing will make the lighter carved out areas of your wood block darker when you clean your wood block after proofing. This may be something you do not want because it will change the way you visualize your image on the wood block printing.

STEP 4. Inking the Wood Block
Ok, you have carved your image and it looks awesome! You are now ready to print your masterpiece. Squeeze some ink onto a smooth flat, non-absorbent surface like glass, and using your roller, roll out a very thin layer of ink. Do not use a back and forth motion with the roller; roll the ink one say, lift up the roller and roll it the same way repeatedly until you have a thin layer of ink on your roller. Several layers of thin ink is what you are striving for on your wood block. Too much ink on the block will overflow into the carved out areas and your image will not print correctly, and conversely, too little ink on your wood block will make for a splotchy print and the edges of your image will not be sharp and crisp. You will have to experiment through trial and error to find the right inking technique.

STEP 5. Printing the Wood Block
If you have access to a printing press, this is the best and easiest way to print your block. Ink your plate, place it on the press, cover the block with your print paper cover the paper with the press blanket, adjust the roller pressure and slowly roll the block through the press. Carefully lift the paper off the block and there you have it, your wood block printing masterpiece. Set it aside in a safe place to dry.

Limit your edition to about 50 prints because the image quality will deteriorate after about that many prints. If you do not have access to a printing press, you can use a wooden spoon or similar tool to make your print. Ink your block, place your paper on top of your block and using a flat wooden surface, rub the paper against the block in a consistent circular motion until you feel the ink has been transferred to the paper. If in doubt, peel back the paper on one corner and judge your technique and make adjustments in pressure if necessary. Obviously, effectiveness of this technique is more suited to smaller block prints.


Short Run Printing USEFUL TIPS

Quick short run printing is one of the most sought after online printing business services today. Short run printing will never replace offset printing. But, it is a valuable option that you can use, offset printing will always be the printing method of choice when it comes to bulk online printing jobs. However, it is the perfect compliment to offset printing since it covers all the printing options that are not available with printing offset.

Here are some of its unique characteristics and advantages:

• Save on printing cost
Since this kind of printing method is a direct printing method, you do not need to go through the tedious process of creating plates, color separation, film stripping, etc. Your files only need to pass through a computer which transfers your data straight to the printing machine. This allows you to print your materials with out paying for the materials mentioned above.

• Print only what you need
While offset printing allows you the advantage of paying less when ordering in bulk, short run printing allows you to place orders for small quantities of prints at an affordable price. Before the emergence of short run prints, you have no choice but to print in bulk because you would need to pay for your prints as well as the cost of producing plates and dies. Also, when printing short run, you can specify the number of prints you want. This means that you will never print anything excess again.

• Fast turnaround
Another advantage of not going through several printing processes is that you save time and allows your prints to be printed at a fast turnaround. Also, the way color is produced when printing short run is different from the way colors are produced in offset. When printing in short run, colors are sprayed directly on top of the paper and then coated with an aqueous finish. This makes the ink dry almost instantly without smudging. On the other hand, offset printing methods produces colors by running through 4 (sometimes even 5 or 6) rollers that contain different colors that when combined, produce the shade or hue that you want. This type of coloring process takes a longer time to dry. In short run printing way, you can pass printing process of creating printing plates, color separation, film stripping, etc. Never cost added in this way.

• It makes creating prints for your direct mail marketing campaigns easier
You can make your direct mail campaigns more efficiently since you can print different materials for different target audience. Short run prints allow you be more specific in the way you market to your target audience by letting you specify the number of prints you produce for a specific marketing are.

• It gives you options when publishing your books
Book publishers and authors are the ones who benefits most from having short run prints. Authors can now publish their books even with a limited budget since you can specify the number of prints that you want. Also publishers can now store large volumes of back copies of books and have them printed whenever an order comes. All they have to do is store a digital copy of that book in their database. It is a better option than printing bulk orders of these back copies and storing them in their inventories.


Digital Printing Company - HOW CHOOSING

There are many advantages to choosing a digital printing company. You can fit your digital printing needs by reviewing their service. Not only are their services readily available online, but also they have the dynamism and speed most people relate to these days. They are faster, easily adaptable or adjustable and increase in their quality.

Offset printing may still offer the clearest prints available, but the digital printing machines on a digital printing company uses these days are quickly catching up to that level of quality. To fully realize the advantages of digital printing, read through the list below and see how you can benefit from this modern phenomenon.

Customizable sizes
Offset printers typically have set standard sizes. Be it for posters, brochures, booklets, catalogs and other print media, there is always a set dimension or size. This is because the whole printing machine has a set limitation on its dimensions at a given moment. It takes time to reset an offset printer for another task and size. Digital printers however do not have this limitation. You can print almost any size and shape using a digital printer and change its settings immediately. All the limitation a printer has is its actual physical size. With the increasing size of digital printers however, this is hardly a limitation anymore.

Faster production period
Digital printing offers incredibly fast production times for color printing. They can print anywhere from two or three days to a mere overnight rush printing. This faster production time is thanks to a more sped up process when compared to offset printing. Equipment can be adjusted quickly from one printing task to another within a few moments. In addition, the nature of quick drying inks today makes digital color printing immediately distributable.

Next, digital printing is versatile. Besides printing the usual standard print mediums like flyers, posters, booklets, brochures, catalogs a digital printer can make anything you can imagine that has to be printed in paper. In addition, it can do this without have to adjust any particular major thing in the equipment. You just have to enter the right kind of dimensions and settings to your software and it can print it. You do not even need professional setters to move components in the printer. It is all done using software.

Relatively lower cost
Lastly, digital printing can be done at a relatively low cost. In some offset printers, the first sample output is usually the most expensive since it takes effort to set the printer for the first production. For digital color printing the first sample printing is printed as easily as the others that will follow it. Therefore, a printing company can easily drop the increased cost for a sample printing. Some online printing companies even offer samples free. Because of this, you can adjust your designs before mass production begins. This saves you money in the long run.

Those are the advantages of digital color printing. So if this matches what you want for a printing company, then find a digital printing company near you and start printing those prints for your project or business. Good Luck!


Photo Enlargement Printing TIPS

Aphoto enlargement printing is an easy and fun way to display and enjoy your photos. A common mistake made by people in printing photo enlargements is the tendency to exceed the size capacity of their image. The result is a stretched image creating a blurry photo enlargement print. This printing tips will help you avoid common mistakes teach you to create excellent photo enlargement prints.

In order to maximize printing size, one must first understand the concept of dots per inch (DPI). A printing machine will place dots of ink onto paper to create an image and the quality of the image is determined by how many dots can be placed in a given amount of area. “Dots per inch” is the number of printed dots in a linear inch. To print photo enlargement, it is recommended that you do not reduce the number of dots per inch beyond 100 dpi. Professional photographers prefer to print their work at about 300 dots per inch, but the average point and click digital camera user would be satisfied with a print of 150 dpi. For the sake of this article, we will equate the pixels in a camera to a dot in printing and use the two terms interchangeably.

Most digital cameras that can be purchased in today’s retail electronics stores will produce between 6 and 12 megapixels. For demonstration purposes, we will choose 8 megapixels as our guideline. A standard 8 megapixel camera will produce a digital image that has the dimensions of 3456 x 2304 pixels (7,962,624 square pixels) at an aspect ratio of 3:2. (Aspect ratio is the ratio of the width of the image compared to the height of the image.) To calculate the maximum print size of this digital photo at 150 pixels per inch, we would divide the dimensions by 150 pixels.

3456 pixels/150pixels = 23
2304 pixels/150pixels=15.4

Using the example of an 8 megapixel camera, we see that 23x15.4” inches would be our maximum print size at 150 DPI.

However, it is not always necessary to maintain the photo quality printing requirement of 150 DPI. If your photo enlargement print is being viewed from several feet away, we are able to drop the DPI lower. This is because the human eye begins to blur the dots as viewing distance grows. We experience this effect on a daily basis as we drive. For example, billboards are printed at much lower resolution, because of the great distance at which they are viewed. It is not uncommon for billboard printers to print their images at 10 or 20 DPI! If your print is hanging high over a mantle or on a high wall in a room with vaulted ceilings, there is no reason to print at high resolutions. From this distance, even 100 DPI would create a stunning image.

Use the chart below as a reference when calculating image DPI and distance of viewing.

Under 2’ feet distance = 300 PPI
2’ to 3’ feet distance= 200 PPI
3’ to 5’ feet distance = 125 PPI
5' to 10' feet distance = 100 PPI

Always consider these key factors in photo enlargement printing: number of megapixels your camera can create, size of print you wish to create and the expected viewing distance. Knowing these factors will help you calculate the maximum size of your print while maintaining excellent photo quality.


Plastics Printing TIPS

A plastic printing technique still needed by us even plastic things are non friendly environmental products that hard to recyled. But plastic printing could promote your business effectively. You just selecting your plastic media for your expanding market share by plastic printing items, printers, design, printing jos: plastic name cards, shopping bags, presentation folders, agenda cover, office equipments, etc.

These are several important plastic printing tips:

ere are the important tips on Printing onto Plastics: Choose a specialist printer; Show the printer the image as early as possible for his advice; Create a full brief for the printer; The choice of ink is important; Choose one appropriate for the job; Longevity is another factor; Timing....

1. Choose a specialist printer. Plastic behaves very differently to paper.

2. Show the printer the image as early as possible for his advice. This is especially important if using a 3D or a moving image (lenticular).

3. Create a full brief for the printer. Consider the usual requirements such as quantity, size, ink colour(s), packaging and delivery. However, with printed plastics there are other considerations.

4. The choice of ink printing is important; fluorescent might be suitable for instance.

5. Consider the different types of plastic and thickness, and choose one appropriate for the job: for plastic name cards, shopping bags, presentation folders, agenda cover, office equipments, etc.

6. Is the image in line colours or full colour i.e. can it be screen printed or does it need a specialist Litho printing onto plastic?

7. Where is the item to be placed - Inside or outside? If outside, or in an area where it will be touched, it may need extra protection.

8. Longevity is another factor. Will the item be a permanent fixture or short-term promotion that needs to be easily removed?

9. How will the image be viewed? At arms length or distance?

10. Timing.
Allow longer time for lenticular printing as a lot of time is in the pre-press, which must be absolutely accurate before printing commences.


Banner Printing TIPS in self-making

Abanner printing material sometimes needed by you to promote your business or personal needs. What do you think to need about? Here are some printing tips on how you can have effective in self-making of banner printing materials:

1. Get a graphic design software that can handle large full color files.
There are three types of graphic design software that are used by many design professionals, they are: image editors, page layout programs and illustration programs these programs give you the ability to enhance, edit and improve on the different elements of your design. However, if your budget is limited and you do not want to buy these programs and software, you can opt to go for online printing services that offer free online printing tools on their website. The online printing tools that are being offered in printing sites are much simpler and easier to master.

2. Keep your graphic designs simple.
A simple graphic design job will enable your target audience to get and easily grasp your desired message. It would be very successful if you can get your message across after a single glance. For this to happen, you also need to have designs that are dynamic and out of the ordinary. You need to stand out from the rest of the marketing materials available around you.

3. Be aware of the colors that you are using.
Full color printing is the most expensive color printing option that you can use. It uses four colors and combining them to give you a wide array of colors at your disposal. The finished product will be vibrant and vivid colors that will add life to your images and your design. If used, properly, full color printing will enable you to grab and hold your audience’s attention. Ask more about printing tips to your online printing company.

However, if you are short on the budget, you can also avail of two color printing or single color printing. These options do not give you the same flexibility as that of full color printing but with the right design and layout, they can be as effective as or even more effective than full color printing.

Also, be judicious in your use of colors since some things are attached to a particular color. Green usually refers to nature while purple means royalty, keep track of what ideas are being associated with colors and use them accordingly.

4. Always keep your text readable.
Banners are done so that people can see them even from afar. Because of this, you need to keep track if the font size and the font type that you use. Remember that different fonts have different sizes some fonts are thinner while some fonts have a higher x-height that make them appear shorter. Try to check these small details and have a set of fonts that you are comfortable of working with. These printing tips sometimes forget in large format banner printing producing.

5. The size of the banner should also be taken into consideration.
The bigger your banner means you need to have extra details and specifications that you should give to your online printing company. For example, for large banners, you should make sure that the images that you use have high resolution and that you should use rich black in printing so that to achieve a full body black color instead of the grayish color that you get when you print in normal black.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Postcard Printing Services | TIPS Choosing

Many Postcard Printing Services offer their advantages for you custom postcards needs. There are postcard printers that also offers brochures, flyers, catalogs, posters and many more. The larger the product line, the more impressive their printing services can provide.

Evaluating a postcard printing company’s services is always a relevant issue to discuss. Postcard printers are not created equal and while many seem to be the same, it helps to ably identify just which one is especially meticulous and committed in going all out in their postcard services.

Some detailed performance indicators that can help guide you in choosing a postcard print company to take care of your print needs:

They say nothing comes cheap, especially in this modern age. But when it comes to postcard printing services, this is exactly what you get. You can have full color postcards without paying a huge bill.

Printing companies have bulk or wholesale postcard printing services that allows you to save more as you print more. Every single cent can be stretched out as if affords you more prints without paying doubly as much.

Rate of Quality
Printers have full color custom postcard printing wherein you can have luscious, vivid colors that showcase your postcard design. Thus, you get to enjoy premium quality prints without paying for expensive fees that other postcard companies do.

Range of Option
A print service shows flexibility to its clients by giving them a full range of postcard printing capabilities. Custom postcard printing means you can print on the paper stock you want, in the size you want, using your own design, and in the number of prints you want. You can dictate just what and how you want your postcards done.

Direct mail postcard is one such service that further takes postcard printing services to another step. As popular print materials, postcards are readily sent almost anywhere. Your postcards, invitations, greetings cards and others can be organized and prepped up to be sent to the mail.

With all these mix of postcard printing services, it is very fortunate to find all your postcard printing needs under one roof. This, most likely, makes it undoubtedly an expert company’s trademark.

And so, learn to compare and scrutinize before you sign that first print job order. Go online and look into different printing companies available until you find the one that matches you to a tee. Get those postcard printing services that you need and enjoy a wholly fulfilling print job.


Everlasting Photo Print Outs

When you need everlasting photo print outs, you could use digital photo printing for processing your digital photography collection.
Herein, we have tried to offer you various tips, through which you will be able to get the best results from your digital printing machine.

Color Printer Types
The choice of the printer will greatly dictate whether your photo print outs will last longer or not. There are two common types of color photo printers available for your needs. These are dye sublimation printers and ink-jet printers. Dye sublimation printers use a fusing process where layers of film are fused onto a special printing paper.

On the other hand, inkjet printers are much cheaper, from the cost perspective, from all angles. Modern inkjet printers use sophisticated pigment technology for printing photos that are more water-resistant than their earlier versions. Inkjet printers specially configured for photo print outs offer six or more colors to provide superior color gradation as well as matching.

Glossy Prints
The paper that you use also contributes to the longevity of the print outs. There are a number of printing paper types that you can choose from, if you are looking at photo quality papers. However, it’s advisable that, if you are looking for superior quality photo print outs that you go for, glossy paper and printer ink cartridges that too preferably from the printer manufacturer only. The reason being that such papers are configured to work best with the inks to offer users the benefit of better quality print outs as well as print outs that are long lasting in nature.

Printer Maintenance
You might have the best color printer money can buy, but if it is not maintained properly then do not expect good quality or long lasting photo print outs. It’s important that you take care of your color printer like any other electronic appliance and see to it that it is properly maintained at all times. Inkjet printers are prone to clogging, and hence you must use it regularly to prevent the ink from clogging the print head. If clogging does occur, you must run the printer utility software for the cleaning of the print head.

This is just a small cross section of tips that will help you produce photo print outs that last longer. There are many more that will ensure that you get the best results. Other considerations that you might take care of are using a good digital camera, touching up the pictures, and using the method of trial and error as you will never get it right the first time. So keep these tips in mind for long lasting photo print outs.


Embossing for Printing Business Cards

The Embossing techniques widely used in printing business card are creating wonderful effects on the cards. Embossing styles could impressing people by its look and could be amazing touch when we put the surface on it. Many printing tips shown more kind of embossing types applicated not only in business cards printing, but can pressed on such as certificates, bank cheque, plastic printing and others.

Blind Emboss - Blind embossing does not include the use of ink or foil to highlight the embossed area. The change in the dimensional appearance of the material is the only noticeable difference resulting from the embossing. The blind embossing produced by embossing machine process provides a clean and distinctive or subtle image on paper stock. It is best used to create a subtle impression or low level of attention to the piece, yet provide some slight form of differentiation for the finished work.

Registered Emboss - Registered embossing is a process that places the embossed image in alignment with another element created with ink, foil, punching, or with a second embossed image. In the illustration below, the blind emboss is aligned within the larger printed circle to produce a registered emboss.

Combination Emboss - Combination embossing is the process of embossing and foil stamping the same image. It involves imprinting and aligning foil over an embossed image to create a foil emboss. A sculptured die, generally made of brass is used for this procedure. The process requires close registration that must be controlled to keep the image and foil matched precisely. A combination die is used to foil stamp and emboss in one operation. The combination die has a cutting edge around the outside of the die to cleanly break the excess foil away from the embossed area.

Pastelling - Pastelling is also referred to as tint leaf embossing. It involves the process of using a combination die to provide a subtle antique appearance to a substrate that is foil stamped and embossed. Pearl finishes, clear gloss, or similar pastel foil finishes can be selected giving a soft two-color antique look (without scorching) to the embossed image. Lighter colored stocks work best to provide this soft contrasting effect.

Glazing - Glazing refers to a finished embossed area that has a shiny or polished appearance. Most often this process involves heat that is applied with pressure in order to create a shined and burned impression into the stock. Generally, darker colored heavier weight stocks work best to create this polished effect and to eliminate or soften any burned appearance that may result from the heat. When used with foil, the process creates a slightly brighter appearance to the foil.

Scorching - Scorching is similar to glazing except that it is not used to polish the stock. Instead, scorching does what it implies: as the temperature of the die heating plate is increased beyond the normal temperature range, a scorched effect is created in the embossed image resulting in an antique or shaded appearance to the stock. A lighter colored stock is best for this procedure to provide a unique two-toned appearance. Caution should be used in requesting this effect, since it is easy to burn the stock if too much heat is used. If scorching occurs too close to the printed copy, it can interfere with the clarity of the printed copy, unless the objective is to accomplish that effect.


Digital Printing Media

There are many types of digital printing media used by reproducing digital images. It can be done with the help of a digital printing press on surface like printing paper, film, cloth etc. The digital printing machine can take the digital files from computer and print them.

There are also certain printing tips that must be followed in this process:

The first one is the choice of paper for printing. There are different types of paper used by companies and it is very necessary to check with the printing press company that will be doing the job. The overall finishing, contrast will depend upon the quality of paper.

While using printing media, you must wear cotton gloves and always keep printing media away from dust and don’t use oils, paints for it. Lamination is recommended for some outdoor or indoor functioning and it provides protection from harmful UV rays or pollution. Enough time should be given for drying and it depends upon the media and on the environmental conditions.

The temperature of print media and the laminate is same and the minimum application temperature is +10°C and the cold lamination films on motor-driven squeeze roll will give better results as compared to others.

For full protection, store unprinted media in a plastic cover. The choice of ink is also very important; such jobs require oil-based heat- or thermal-resistant inks that will survive 400° Fahrenheit without spreading.


Digital Printing Media

There are many types of digital printing media used by reproducing digital images. It can be done with the help of a digital printing press on surface like printing paper, film, cloth etc. The digital printing machine can take the digital files from computer and print them.

There are also certain printing tips that must be followed in this process:

The first one is the choice of paper for printing. There are different types of paper used by companies and it is very necessary to check with the printing press company that will be doing the job. The overall finishing, contrast will depend upon the quality of paper.

While using printing media, you must wear cotton gloves and always keep printing media away from dust and don’t use oils, paints for it. Lamination is recommended for some outdoor or indoor functioning and it provides protection from harmful UV rays or pollution. Enough time should be given for drying and it depends upon the media and on the environmental conditions.

The temperature of print media and the laminate is same and the minimum application temperature is +10°C and the cold lamination films on motor-driven squeeze roll will give better results as compared to others.

For full protection, store unprinted media in a plastic cover. The choice of ink is also very important; such jobs require oil-based heat- or thermal-resistant inks that will survive 400° Fahrenheit without spreading.


Digital Plotter Cutter - Booming Market Share

Your Digital Plotter Cutter Machine is a marketing tool for booming the market share applicated in markets such as magnetic materials, community of dance, fashion, and safety, you’ll find a multitude of film options, including foils, glitters, metallic, fluorescents, and reflectives. Reflective materials, which have recently become available in a variety of colors, are popular for safety where visibility is crucial, for example, for school children walking with backpacks. Now children can be safe and make a fashion statement at the same time!

Digital Plotter Cutters are a natural fit in any decorated apparel business. Cutters are available in two types: friction-fed, which includes roll cutters and sheet-fed cutters; or flat bed. The advantages of Digital Plotter Cutter are numerous, including:

These materials can be applied to cotton, cotton/polyester blends, nylon, 100% polyester, leather, canvas, wood, and metal. And in addition to apparel, you also can decorate accessories and extras such as umbrellas, helmets, cd bags and coolers. It’s just a question of picking the right material for the substrate.

Depending on the cutter you purchase, your new equipment may allow you to make a digital transfer of things like corporate logos, a left chest, or full-front design, which allows you to enter a host of new markets. In addition to teams, you can expand your markets to include local community projects, uniform wear, and all kinds of corporate businesses. In the long run, this kind of market and decorating versatility can only help your business. With that in mind, here’s a look at what you need to know about buying a cutter.

Most friction-fed cutters aren’t designed to handle twill, although there are a couple of significant exceptions. Typically, flat-bed cutters costs around £4000, can do the job extremely well. The ability to handle twill and appliqué means your shop also has to add a sewing or embroidery machine. And you need to be aware that flat-bed cutters can’t be used with roll materials. Many shops that do both have a friction-fed and a flat-bed cutter.

Some suppliers offer packages that include the cutter, a heat press, and materials. In all, expect to spend roughly £2,000 and up for all the required equipment, including a good heat press and supplies — a low price given all the capabilities you’ll be adding to your shop:

Cutters usually come with the software required, either in standalone form or as a plug-in for graphic arts programs such as CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator. There also are CAD-cutting design programs that offer a wide range of predesigned templates geared to the team and sports market. Customers simply choose the typeface, design, colours, and layout they like best, and these are plugged into the template, and out comes a professional-looking design ready to be heat sealed. Another option is to rely on suppliers who offer artwork services.

Materials come in sheets and rolls. One big advantage of roll goods is you do not have to stand there and feed sheets into the machine. Cutters also can do sign vinyl, which is usually a self-adhesive material; film, which is a heat-applied material used for apparel; sand-blast material; magnetic material for making refrigerator magnets and magnetic vehicle signs; and, in some cases, transfer paper or printing paper. This means that not only can you offer the school football team numbered shirts; you can print up the team’s season schedule on magnetic material and sell it to teams and fans who want to put it up on the fridge. This is a marketing tool for your products and services campaign.

Cutters come in many widths — anywhere from 20cms to 160cms. Unless you’re only going to use the cutter for hobby work, you should avoid anything less than 38cms wide. A 60cms width is considered a standard minimum size for a sporting goods dealer doing team shirts..


Canvas Printing - Easy Making at Home

In canvas printing, images are processed in huge format. Printers used here print images well within the deep frame of canvas. In fact, this type of printing is a modern form of conventional photo printing. Printing on canvas refers to the procedure used to print fine art as well as printing photos onto canvas. Results of printing on canvas are incredible. This method of printing photos onto canvas is very similar to obtaining prints through printer

People display such printings in their offices for advertisement purposes, trade shows and even at homes. A fine and wonderful canvas print can make individuals stop for a while and take its notice. The process of printing photos onto the canvas is not an easy job. Individuals need to concentrate on different angles, think of color combination, designs, framing to bring out the best images on canvas print. However, while printing images onto canvas, individuals need to use high-resolution pictures to obtain clear prints.

Individuals can print photos on canvas at their homes too. Only a creative mind can think beautiful designs to print it on the canvas. Here are few tips to print photos on canvas at home:

a.> To print photos on canvas, individuals need to shoot photo using a digital camera. Always take the photo with highest digital camera setting. If individuals posses a seven million pixels digital camera, make sure to put it to highest setting.

b.> Open the image manipulation software and zoom the photo by clicking at view print size option. This gives the image a larger size and look.

c.> Next, save this file as jpeg or tiff at around 300dpi. Dpi refers to dots per inch at which printer prints the image. Many large printers print the photo at 300dpi on the canvas. After saving the file send it to the printing company and obtain the canvas print.


Booklet Printing Machine for Self Publishing

A right choosing of Booklet Printing Machine for starting self publishing business is the speed and the overall return of investment. There are several things you have to take when you choose a machine for booklet printing as for independent publishing works.

Below are some guidelines you should remember as you shop:

Choose the fastest that you can find: In the printing business works the speed of your printing machine is an integral part in scheduling the printing tasks you have on the docket. In general a faster a printing machine goes the better printing. But this concept may vary from each printing type. For booklet printing, it is safe to find the fastest booklet printing machine possible that you can find. A full color booklet can be relatively small and light so machines can produce them more quickly than fully fledged novels. The faster you can send your booklets out. The more self publishing business you can take in by having time for another printing task.

Compatibility with standard paper sizes:
This is easy enough to understand. When you want to choose a machine for booklet printing it must accept the standard paper printing sizes that you will need to put in. Most booklet printing machines should accept the letter size which is 8.5 by 11 inches and a larger poster sized paper which can be folded like the letter size. If the machine can handle more that these paper sizes than it might be worth the investment to buy it. If you don’t have the budget however, just stick to the ones that have the standard letter and poster size. For small color booklets, those are the sizes that matter.

Booklet Thickness:
Some booklet machines have a maximum thickness that it can deal with before it cannot operate. Take this into account when choosing the machine. Consider what jobs you may expect. If you have jobs that need booklets numbering more than 50 pages, you might want to invest on one that can handle the load even if it is more expensive.

Locations of the staples:
Stapling locations can determine the quality and durability of the custom booklets that you may be making. The more stapling locations, the better quality booklets you produce. Take note of the stapling locations on the booklet machines you may be browsing. Look at the number, and ask if these can be adjusted. Ask yourself what your possible jobs will be, and if quality is your primary concern or a more affordable machine.

Always remember these guidelines when you’re out shopping for your booklet printing machine. It will help you and your booklet printing company once those booklet orders come piling up.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Security Inks for Printing Business

The Security Inks used by printing business are many different types available that work as security features to help protect sensitive documents which are printed on security paper from being altered or duplicated. They all add unique features to your document. You will want to select the ones that best fit your needs.

Bleeding Ink
This security ink named Bleeding Ink prints in black but when exposed to any aqueous solution it will produce a red stain. Authenticity of a document can easily be tested without the use of any special agents. User can just wet a finger and run it across the ink to instantly see the affect of the bleeding ink. This ink is only available for use on dry offset printing.

Coin Reactive Inks
The image printed from this ink is white or transparent. The image is revealed when the edge of a coin is rubbed over the ink. This provides for immediate verification of document authenticity without the use of any special devices. Coin reactive ink cannot be scanned or copied. This ink is available for use with wet or dry offset printing and flexographic printing.

Erasable Ink
Erasable ink is used on the background of a document so that when an attempt is made to erase information, the ink rubs off in that area. The ink will also react in the same manner as solvent/chemical reactive inks do, giving you two security features in one. Erasable inks are used on scenic or pantograph backgrounds on checks and certificates. This security ink is not recommended when imprinting a document through a laser printer. The high temperatures associated with laser printers will cause problems within the printer when erasable ink is used. Erasable ink is available for wet or dry offset printing.

Pen Reactive Ink
A transparent ink that becomes visible with the use of a special felt tip pen. The use of the pen is necessary to verify authenticity but can also be used to void a document that is no longer in use. Pen reactive ink is available for dry offset printing.

Heat Reactive - Irreversible
Heat reactive-irreversible ink is colorless when printed. When it is exposed to heat between 185°F (85°C) and 212°F (100°C), sharp color appears and does not disappear once the temperature is lowered. This security inks feature helps protect documents or sealed envelopes from being tampered with by the use of steam or heat. Heat reactive-irreversible ink is only available for use on dry offset presses.

Visible Infrared Inks
Infrared visible inks are available in readable and disappearing ink. When printed they can look the same but when viewed under infrared light, one will be readable and one will disappear. One example of using these two inks as a security feature would be to print a bar code using both inks. Print the actual readable area of the bar code with the infrared readable ink and other areas of the bar code with the infrared disappearing ink but making it look like a regular bar code. When read by a bar code scanner, only the infrared readable is read by the scanner. If a forger tries to duplicate the bar code as it looks on the printed document, using regular inks, the bar code would be rejected when read by the scanner because the scanner would read the entire bar code. Visible infrared ink is available for wet or dry offset printing.

Optically Variable Inks
The color of optically variable ink changes when viewed from different angles. The special effect from this scurity inks type cannot be duplicated by a scanner or copier. A small area of a document could be printed in this ink to verify authenticity.

Penetrating Ink
Penetrating inks contain a penetrating red dye that goes into the fibers of the paper and will show through to the back of the document. Penetrating inks are commonly used on the arabic and MICR numbering of negotiable documents to deter forgers from trying to scrape the number off from the document. If the number is scraped off the red stain remains on the document. Also, if these documents are duplicated, the reproduction could be easily spotted by checking for the appearance of the red stain on the back of the document. Penetrating inks are available for letter press or wet offset printing.

Photochromic Ink
Photochromic ink can be colored or colorless. When it is exposed to UV light it instantly changes colors. Once the source of UV light is removed it will change back to its original color. The unique security inks of photochromic ink cannot be reproduced by a scanner or copier. The authenticity of a document with photochromic ink on it can easily be checked by exposure to sunlight, UV lights or other strong artificial lights. This ink is available in wet or dry offset and flexographic printing.

Chemical Reactive/Solvent Inks
This security inks type reacts to solvents or chemicals, such as bleach, alcohol or acetone. The solvents or chemicals are used by a forger to wash away or alter information on a document. When exposed to the solvents or chemicals, these inks will run, change color, or cause a stain to develop. Tampering is easily detected when chemicals or solvents are used on these inks. Solvent/chemical reactive inks are available for wet or dry offset printing.

Thermochromic Ink
Thermochromic ink changes color when exposed to heat and then changes back to its original color when cooled. When an area of a document is printed with thermochromic ink, it can easily be tested for authenticity by holding or rubbing the area between fingers to activate the color change. This security inks cannot be reproduced by a copier. Thermochromic ink is available for wet or dry offset printing and flexographic printing.

Water Fugitive Ink
When water fugitive ink comes in contact with water or any aqueous type of solution, it will run and stain the document. If a forger tries to wash away an image it would be very obvious. Water fugitive ink is available for dry offset printing.

UV Invisible Fluorescent Inks
UV invisible fluorescent ink is transparent white or colorless and can only be detected under ultraviolet light. If a portion of a secure document is printed with this ink, it can be quickly checked for authenticity by viewing under a UV light. This security inks cannot be reproduced on a scanner or copier. This ink is available for wet or dry offset, flexographic and gravure printing.

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Presentation Folder Printing as Marketing Tool

The presentation folder printing gives the colorful presentation of folders you require throughout your business presentations. These printing tips of printing business companies could give you many advantages of presentation folder printing. You'll be definite that the folders you sent out will be of best quality all the time.

Business Presentations are chances that will prevail your clients over. It is the option to induce them and turn them into your business associates. Part of this is presentation folders that improve your presentation yet in its own little way. Ensure that you have not anything but top-notch presentation folder printing company in your group. Presentation folders succeed a jiggle from your business partners and customers as it trimmings your business documents making it more elegant and well-prepared for. Presentation folders support by printing company also systematize all print writing that may comprise business cards fly sheets and into an easy to carry, single package for your clients.

Nevertheless presentation folders perform more than just take your print literature. Actually, it is also a bright marketing tool that fit in your company's identity or brand. Successful business appearance does not merely rely exclusively on the information and the message you wish to communicate. Presenting winning sales field is how you do it. It is by means of the implementation that can further influence your clients.

Here are some illustrations on you can be expecting from the services of an expert printing business company:

Presentation folder quality
A grand deal of presentation folder printing depends upon the excellence of the printing itself and the resources used. With the assistance of a professional folder printing company, you can organize an efficient and good-looking presentation kit that will surely make an impression. Printing corporations make use of a high-grade 14pt. wrap stock to create folders that are durable. This similar material is also perfect for its softness and cloudiness makes it perfect for photo reproduction. Your details and images will be transferred in brightness and clearness.

Presentation folder design
Presentation folders are superb marketing tools. They readily support who your company and your brands are all about. A presentation folder helps out influencing clients about your level of confidence and professionalism. Excellent looking folders are a product of superior design. In fact you can contact a graphic arts designer to assist you with your folder. Or you may perhaps try designing it online by just logging on a print website and utilize their templates.

Full color printing
No other type of printing option is able to produce high quality prints superior than full color printing. Joint with a group of expert staff, this modern printing process will help out to exchange your folder designs into high quality folder prints. Only full color printing has the absolute system to essential to produce realistic image and photo quality printed on the folders. So you can obtain to enjoy vivid and exciting colors for your folders and make a stunning first impression on your clients.

Put in order your corporate, marketing, product and service literature in custom-printed presentation folders. Not only will it provide your business a marketing edge but also it will lift the values on how your company makes business relations for all others to follow.

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