Design and Printing Resources
Here are some tips, tricks and links to design and printing resources that you may find useful. Contact Technical Support if you have any questions or call 604.683.6991 for immediate assistance.
The paper you choose for your print job plays a vital role in colour reproduction.
We are going to show you how to get the most from your trade show experience. Being prepared can make a big difference to the success of your show!
Reflex Blue is one of the most commonly used spot colours and it is one of the most problematic inks to use on press.
Ordering envelopes can be confusing as there are so many styles, sizes, flaps and seams to choose from. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about envelopes and give you some printing tips as well.
Thermography is a cost-effective alternative to achieve a raised effect similar to engraving and embossing. This specialized printing process is widely regarded as an appealing and preferred printing method that adds prestige to any printed piece.
Perfect Binding is a popular method for binding books, magazines, catalogues, directories and periodicals. Books bound this way are also called soft covers and paperbacks. The bound book has a square spine with a wraparound cover, making it attractive, and professional.
What is the difference between Digital Printing and Offset Printing? How do you decide which technology is right for your print job?
Sites we like
10 Pre-Press Tips for Perfect Print Publishing – Smashing Magazine suggests working in RGB colour mode
The Print Guide – Technical blog with information for printers and print buyers
How Offset Printing Works – Let HowStuffWorks explain
Margie’s Print Tips – Tips for Print Buyers
How does thermography work? – See how thermography is done
Designers Toolbox – Tools and templates for printing
Adobe Color – Explore, create and share colour themes
Graphics.com – Shared resource for creative design
Layers Magazine – The how-to magazine for everything Adobe
InDesign Sercets – Adobe InDesign tips and tricks
Graphic Design Forum – Exchange ideas with fellow designers
Typography & Fonts
Font Squirrel – Quality free fonts licensed for commercial work
MyFonts – World’s largest collection of fonts
freeimages – Free stock photos
MorgueFile – Free images for commercial use
iStockPhoto – Royalty free stock images
Need help? Let us help you get started or put the finishing touches on your printed materials. Our Art Director will be happy to spend some time with you. Give us a call at 604.683.6991 or send an email to technical support.
Don’t need help with design? Talk to us anyway to ensure that the files you’ll be supplying meet our specifications.