From corporate stationery, brochures, business cards and manuals, to town reports, billing documents and data sheets, we really do print it all.
Books, Booklets & Pads
Signs, Posters & Banners
Labels, Stickers & Decals
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We'll work with you to find the best solution for your project.
Need it quickly? We can work with that.
Need it to be pristine and original, meeting specific parameters? We've got you.
Need it mass produced and delivered efficiently? We've got that, too!
We're working with a 6 color offset press with aqueous coating. We also have two Heidelberg offset presses for smaller runs. Our digital department has two Konica’s (models C2070 and C1085) and a black and white Konica Minolta (model 1250). We also use a 4 color Epson Inkjet, Océ Arizona 1200 Series Large Format UV Flatbed Printer and HP DesignJet Z5600 44-in PostScript Printer for wide format needs as well as a 4 color Xerox phaser. In our bindery we have a new Standard Horizon booklet maker, and a Digibinder for perfect bound books. In addition, GBC, wire-o and coil binding are some of our other capabilities. We can also die-cut, glue, fold, perforate, number and score.
Text vs Cover - This is a reference to the "weight" of the paper in relation to its use. Cover weight, or card stock, is much thicker and heavier than "text weight" paper. Cover weight is like what a file folder is constructed of, while the text weight is used for brochures/flyers, thin posters, and the inside pages of magazines and books. These correspond to combinations of "point" and "#" specifications.
PT, or point - is a way to calculate the thickness of a paper stock by using the caliper of the paper as measured by micrometer, and determined in thousandths of an inch. This measurement is calculated as a point, with one point being equal to one-thousandth of an inch or .001 inch. Therefore, a stock that is 10pt would measure .010 for its caliper. This measurement is used for calculating the weight of paper for shipment, as well as the thickness to determine which machine the stock can be printed on. The higher the points, the thicker the paper.
The paper term #, also referred to as pound - To determine the weight of the paper the paper mill will weigh 500 sheets - a ream - in its original uncut size. This will give you what is known as the basis weight. As with the other terms, the higher the number, the thicker the paper. The weight can be as insignificant as 20# for thin pages, or as heavy as 200# for book covers or thick paper products.
Gloss vs Matte = “shininess” of the paper. Gloss paper simply has more of the gloss coating applied than matte paper. You can think of matte paper as a “semi-gloss” or a “light gloss.” The extra shine works well on print files with heavy color coverage, especially photographs and big graphics, and results in a more contrasted effect. A Matte, or uncoated material makes images look good without excessive shine, and is a better choice for a document intended to be written on like appointment, note or reminder cards.
Here are some examples of the combinations of paper stock options and what they are generally used for:
There are just too many paper stock options and combinations to list here. Give us a call to discuss your project goals. We know this stuff so that you don't have to.
In addition to the paper stock gloss and matte finishing, additional finishes can be applied to add greater protection for your product and enhance dramatic colors.
Aqueous Coating is a clear water-based coating used to protect your printed pieces. It provides a high-gloss surface that deters dirt and fingerprints. Aqueous coating improves the durability of any printed piece and enhances the look of images.
UV Coating is a highly protective, solvent-free, ultra-shiny gloss coating applied over the aqueous coating, and then cured using ultraviolet light. The UV coating provides an extremely durable, hard finish that's chemical and abrasion resistant and enhances color and detail to a much richer, high-end quality.
NOTE: UV Coating cannot be used on the addressed side of mailed pieces.
Ink selections - Some of the choices you may need to make include percent of coverage, how many color combinations will your design employ, and do you need your product printed on the front only, or both sides. Our inks are always managed with environmentally conscious sources and handling procedures.
File Prep considerations - You may submit your design, logo and document layout to us by email, or through the provided ftp form. Some things to consider when preparing said documents include document type, Color schemes and requirements, graphics specifications, resolution and bleed. Please refer to our FILE FORMAT GUIDE page for more details.
Most document types have a presumed set of dimensions. For example:
Business cards come in many shapes, sizes, material type and thickness, and can also be laminated, coated or have a foil application.
But, generally, business cards have the expectation to fit in a wallet, be rectangular and have a reasonable thickness to withstand use.
Books and other multi-page bound documents have binding options to consider. Each sheet will represent four pages, therefore, your document must include content on all sheet sides, or specified blanks to represent pages.
Postcards are generally thick enough to withstand processing through mail delivery, 100# cover or higher. There are sizing requirements for USPS direct marketing delivery rates. Otherwise, postcards run from 4" x 6" to 5.5" x 8.5."
Signs, banners and posters have stands, hanging hardware or application parameters to consider, but generally we can print anything, any size. Just give us a call and tell us what you need!
Call us at
603.622.5222 in Manchester,
603.226.2828 in Concord.
We'll help you decide what you need with just a few quick questions about your project.