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FAQs: Litho Printing

Q: What quality can I expect?

Most printers are proud of the quality of the work produced and believe ‘you get what you pay for’. We seek to provide litho printing at a fair cost to ensure we keep our customers happy.

Q: What if I want to print an image that is not an average print size?

If the design is in-between an ‘A’ size, it would be considered as an A4. However if what you need is totally bespoke in shape and size, or you are not sure of which ‘A’ size you would need, then please contact us.

Q: What does bleed mean?

Bleed is required to ensure edge-to-edge colour on your final product. Any background images or colours need to expand the final size by 3mm on every side to allow for movement on the guillotine. In simple terms, it is the section that is trimmed off before presenting the final job. You cannot print right up to the edge of the paper, so it is essential to print an area that is slightly larger than is needed and then cut off the sheets down to the desired size without leaving unprinted edges on the final print.

Q: What is CMYK?

CMYK is also referred to as ‘Full colour printing’ or ‘Four colour printing’ and is the most commonly used printing technique. The system uses 4 primary colours as its base – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK. These can be combined to produce virtually every colour possible.

Q: What is the difference between Litho and Digital printing?

In digital printing a job can go directly from a computer file, directly to the plate. Hence there is no need for films. The process makes digital printing very quick to produce.

In lithographic or ‘litho’ printing a plate is specially coated so ink only sticks to dry areas of the plate. The image with ink is then transferred, or offset onto a rubber blanket, which then makes an imprint on the paper.

Q: Can I send you documents created in PowerPoint or MS Word?

If you have created documents in Word or PowerPoint that contain photos, clip-art, or other colour images, send them in. Most printers prefer a high resolution and we are no exception to this. Get in touch and we can tell you how to prepare work that is ready for the print process.

Q: What makes poor quality prints?

This can be due to several issues. For example, if the prints were not properly cut or because the artwork wasn’t formatted correctly to begin with.

Q: What types of storage media can I use?

You can save your files on a CD, DVD or flash drive.

Q: How much bleed should I have for an envelope?

1/16 inch is the correct amount since it will wrap a little to the back of the envelope.

Q: What resolution is ideal for printing a poster?

It is recommended that for posters or other large formats, use at least 300 or 600 dpi. In some cases, 200 dpi will come out fine.

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