Services

We are printers.

Prepress

Should you not have press ready art, our prepress department can help you prepare your artwork on its way to being ready for production. Although we do not offer creative design services, our prepress staff can resolve any technical issues as well as make simple suggestions and corresponding adjustments to your designs if there are any problems during the PDF proof process before production. If you do not have spot colors, CMYK color mode or 100% K is a great place to start.

Foil

Hot stamping or foil stamping is a printing method of relief printing in which pre-dried ink or foils are transferred to a surface at high temperatures. When you see a reflective metallic print, like gold, or very opaque light colors on a dark sheet, like white or bright red on black, it is often foil. The necessary die etching and engraving for this process is pricey, but it can last for many, many years. Which means your reorders are that much less!

Letterpress

Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a belt driven pneumatic printing press, where copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against flat sheets, typically milled from trees or cotton. We make 1600dpi right reading emulsion up litho film positives from digital files and then expose that to a high intensity UV light and water scrub bath that transfers your art to a very, very hard steel-backed photopolymer plate. Yes, we can print with woodblocks and linos and movable type&em;but you need to do the cuts and set the form!

Emboss .015″ (single level)

Embossing is a printing technique used to create raised surfaces in the converted paper stock. The process relies upon counter-dies that press the paper into a shape that can be observed on both the front and back surfaces. Often done using a copper etched die and cast fiberglass counter.

Emboss .024″ (multi level or sculptural)

Using malleable brass, this type of emboss costs more, requiring often more time in etching and hand finishing. If the budget allows, it is always worth the added expense for just how dramatic and nuanced the end result can be. This is granular detail and sculptural nuance.

Deboss

The opposite of emboss. Using the same .015 or .024″ dies, we can lower an area of the sheet, just like we can raise it!

Leather Stamping

Using similar methods as traditional paper printing, we use special presses and arts. This is most often done as 1 color (or blind).

Duplexing

A duplex is the pasting together of two sheets of paper under pressure, making one thicker sheet in the end. This process has many uses, one being to glue a sheet to the back of an emboss, hiding the negative deboss result.

Die Cutting

Die cutting is the general process of using a custom formed steel cutting die to shear paper or leather. Custom dies can include perforation, slit or slot cuts, scoring (for folds) and others. This is the first step after printing for custom envelopes, boxes and other paper objects.

Thread Pamphlet Stitching

Folded sheets are gathered together one inside the other and then stitched down the spine to create a book. This style of binding can also be done with staples or long spools of wire, aka Saddle Stitch, because it sits in a “saddle” while being stitched up!

Perfect Binding

Perfect binding is the method of bookbinding in which a flexible adhesive attaches a paper cover to the spine of the assembled and glued “book block”

Smyth Sewing

Smyth sewn binding sews together multiple signatures (folded sheets) creating one cohesive book block that can more easily open and lay flat. This is a vital step in the process of making case bound or hardcover books.

Offset Lithography

A process by which an image is transferred from a metal or polyester plate onto a rubber blanket cylinder and then pressed from the cylinder onto paper or other substrates. Great for high quality reproduction at large volume. We can register foil and relief printing to this.

Digital

Digital printing refers to methods of printing from a digital-based image directly to a variety of media. It usually refers to professional printing where small-run jobs from desktop publishing applications and other digital sources like a PDF are printed using large-format and or high-volume laser or inkjet printers. Great for either high quality low quantity or relatively good quality low quantity. Generally limited to 16pt stock and generally smooth stock. Difficult to register foil or relief to.

Converting

In our context, primarily for packaging or envelopes, where a printed and die cut sheet is folded and glued into a flat product that can be boxed and delivered. Then it’s up to you to fill it with your product or other message.

Gilding

The application of a very thin film or pigment to an object to give it a colorful edge. Think gold book edges or lime green edged business cards. The lesser expensive option is pigment edging.

Paper

We have a lot of swatchbooks. The big names are what we rely on: Gmund, Colorplan, Mohawk, Reich, French, Neenah. And they’re pretty much all FSC certified, chlorine free, acid free, archival. Just a side note, uncoated white stock is the easiest to recycle, if you were thinking about what might happen to something we make after you or your customer is done with it.

Etcetera

If you need something, just ask.