1. Key terms to understand
Before you place your order, it’s important to understand some key terms related to printing and binding. These include:
Gloss or Matt Laminate
Laminate is a thin layer of plastic applied to your printed materials to protect them from damage. Glossy lamination offers a shinier appearance, while matte lamination provides a more subdued effect.
RGB, CMYK, and Hex or web colors are different color models used for various purposes. RGB is used for digital screens, while CMYK is used in the printing industry. Hex or web colors are used for web design and coding. When creating artwork for print, it’s important to use CMYK color mode to ensure accurate representation of colors on your printed materials.
This refers to an extra amount of design or image content that extends beyond the cut edges of your printed materials. Printing with bleed ensures your design goes all the way to the edge of the paper.
These are lines printed on the edge of your design, indicating where to cut the paper. It helps ensure that your design aligns perfectly with the finished product.
2. Getting your quote
To get an accurate quote for your printing and binding needs, please provide us with the following information:
- Type of product (e.g., business card, brochure, flyer, etc.)
- Quantity needed
- Size and orientation of print
- Type of paper and finish (e.g., glossy, matte, uncoated)
- Single or double-sided printing
- Special finishes (e.g., foil, hole punching)
- Deadline for completion
- please note binding and finishing options are only available on work that we print, we do not provide laminating, binding or other finishing services to client supplied printing
With this information, we can provide you with a detailed quote that includes pricing and turnaround time.
3. Approving your quote
Once you approve the quote, we will proceed to issue an invoice. Artwork approval will commence once we receive a 50% deposit payment, which confirms your commitment to the order.
4. The graphic design process
If you require graphic design services (this will be indicated in the quote if its included), we will provide you with up to one design and two rounds of revisions. You’ll have the chance to approve the design or request changes through our online artwork approval system.
The production stage can take anywhere from one day to two weeks, depending on the type of product and quantity required. Please note that our production time doesn’t include shipping or delivery.