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Preparing your Design for the Print Process By Max Trewhitt
Preparing your Design for the Print Process By Max Trewhitt
Print is an incredible word. It has made its mark on all aspects of our lives. It is the end of one process and the start of another, replicating finished articles and etching them into the pages of history. Its fascinating origins and immense power have given humanity the chance to communicate thoughts and ideas right across the globe, effectively clearing the path for what is now a global civilization.
Problems often encountered when printing
Steps into creating perfect print
Keeping color under control
Preparing your fonts
Check your design and clean up your artboard
Preparing your PDF for print
Checking compression and file types
Preventing Illustrator editing capabilities
Sending your print file to a 3rd party
Why it is important to count on a reliable printing company
Large Format Substrates Every Business Should Know To Help Market Their Company
Large Format Substrates Every Business Should
Know To Help Market Their Company
CoroplastCoroplast is corrugated plastic. A good way to describe it to clients is to let them visualize a piece of cardboard made entirely out of plastic. The coroplast is available in different thicknesses. The most common ones are 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm.
Coroplast is generally used for signage such as yard signs, A-frame signs, and real estate hanging signs. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use because it’s sturdy, lightweight, and waterproof. The surface is also easy to clean.
VinylVinyl is a tough, flexible material made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin and mesh. There are many different types of vinyl that you can use to print anything from banners to wall decals. The weight, texture, denier (thickness of the threads), and weave density is different depending on the type of vinyl.
Some of the most common types of vinyl for banner printing are:
This type of vinyl is often used for standard indoor or outdoor vinyl banners. It can have a matte or glossy finish. The matte finish is particularly good for reducing glare.
The adhesive can be permanent or removable. Always test its adhesive/removable properties first before applying it to a large area.
This type of vinyl has tiny holes in it that allow light to pass through. It’s perfect for window graphics because it allows passersby to see your message without considerably impacting the lighting of your store.
Mesh Scrim Vinyl
This type of vinyl allows for air to pass through, which makes this material ideal for windier outdoor areas. It’s usually printed with a backer that is peeled off before use.
Foam boards are amazingly lightweight for their bulky size. They work great indoors as trade show signage or displays, but we don’t recommend them for outdoor use as they can also be damaged easily. A common foam board stock that large format printers print on is 4mm foam core (approximately 0.16”).
Styrene is a light but durable plastic material. Some of the most common styrene materials are thin enough to be flexible (such as the popular 20pt styrene), so they can be rolled for storage or transportation, but don’t fold them or they’ll crack. They are waterproof and have strong scratch-resistance.
Sintra is made from PVC and is waterproof just like styrene, but the surface of Sintra boards are a little easier to scratch. It is, however, still a popular choice for smaller outdoor signage. You can also cut and scored Sintra easily.
3mm is one of the most common thicknesses of printed Sintra. At this thickness, it cannot be rolled but its lightness still makes it easy to transport.
Large format printing produces car magnets that turn an unbranded vehicle into a moving advertisement. Magnets are measured in mils (1 mil = 0.001”), with 30 mils as one of the most common thicknesses.
Make sure a magnet stays safely on a vehicle by adding rounded corners. This helps it cling to the car better. You should never use car magnets with bent corners as this increases their chances of falling off.
Canvas is a strong, coarse cloth often associated with art? Storage and transportation for canvas are easy because you can roll it or fold it lightly. It comes in different weights, thicknesses, and textures depending on the materials in the weave.
Some clients may want to wrap their canvas around a frame. In this case, you should leave approximately 1 inch for the wrap.
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The Malverne School District has had the pleasure of doing business with The Print Café for almost 10 years now. In that time The Print Café has provided a full spectrum of marketing services to the District including the school calendar, newsletter, postcards, posters, and a multitude of special requests. All products and services provided by The Print Café have been timely, economical, and of the highest quality. They are professional, friendly, and easy to engage with. The Print Café has been our marketing superstore since we began working with them. It is without hesitation that I highly recommend The Print Café to any entity in need of an outstanding printing and marketing company.
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