Tips, Guidelines, & General Info
(this section will be updated as needed)
- If your design requires bleed, please make sure that there is at least a 0.125” area for the bleed. So if your finished piece is 5” x 7”, you must supply a design that is 5.25” x 7.25”.
- Having someone design your artwork for the print method is the best way to go about it. All too often we are supplied with a design that is full color and someone wants letterpress. These two notions generally do not go together. So knowing what print method you would like before you design is the best way to go.
- Pantones are meant to be printed directly on top of WHITE paper. Anytime you add a colored paper into the mix, it become increasingly difficult for me to get a pantone match. Pantone matches are not guaranteed for screen printing, but I will get as close as I possibly can. If you require an EXACT pantone match, please speak with me directly about this first.
- Mixing print methods (such as screen printing and letterpress) can be very difficult, but also very rewarding in the final product. If you are looking to get something like this done, please contact me and I will let you know the pitfalls and steps to get it done.
- Screen printing is one of the best ways to print white ink on black or dark papers. The white ink looks pretty opaque but on occasion I might need to do a double pass to get the brightest color possible. If you require a super bright white ink, please let me know before hand, as this might cost more depending on the substrate.
- At any point if you are unsure of what you need to do, just send over what you are working on and I will let you know what's up. If it's something super easy for me to fix I will go ahead and do it. If any graphic design is more involved, I will tell you what needs to be done (on your end if you choose to do so) and let you know how much it will cost for me to fix it for you.
- Proofs: Screen printing, letterpress printing, and foil printing have high set up costs involved so a proof will be expensive. Digital or offset proofs will be cheaper.
- All artwork should be 300dpi or higher. Letterpress, foil, and offset should be 600dpi or higher for the most optimal output.
- Turn Around Time: an average of 10 - 15 business days for most jobs. We work on a variety of different jobs at once and it's a first come first serve as far as turn around goes. If you need something by a certain date, that should be the first think you let me know.
- Studio Visits/Consultations: Due to the nature of print production, we have to limit the availability of studio visits/consultations. Visits/Consultations will be charged a $25 consultation fee*. You must have a minimum budget of $300 for any visit/consultation. *The $25 fee will be applied (credited) to your order, as long as you place your order within 30 calendar days of the consultation and meet the minimum $300 budget. Likewise, you MUST be on time for your visit. Any no calls, no shows, over 30 minutes late, etc. will not be refunded. To reschedule your appointment, please give us at least 12 hours notice. Available times are typically 11am, 12pm, 4pm or 5pm Monday through Thursday. We will not make an appointment for any other time due to our busy production schedule.
Screen Printing Tips:
- The best file types are layered .psd files or layer separated .pdf or .tiff files. Please do not add crop marks, instead, follow the general instructions above.
- The best files types are vector vector .pdf files. Must be 100% black color build. Please add crop marks.
- The best file types are single layered .pdf files with crop marks.
Digital Printing Tips:
- The best file types are vector .pdf files with no crops and in CMYK.
Offset Printing Tips:
- The best file types are vector .pdf files with no crops in CMYK and layer separated (if there are spot colors and coats needed).