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Archive for the ‘Paper and finishing’ Category

Commercial Printing: A Smattering of Paper Options

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

In the early ‘90s I realized I didn’t know much about commercial printing paper other than the few paper stocks I was using for textbooks. I had already been in the printing and publications field since high school (managing two yearbooks), so it was time to remedy my ignorance, particularly since I had just been promoted to production manager/art director at the government education nonprofit foundation where I worked. (more…)

Custom Printing: Saving Money When Buying Printing Services

Monday, April 4th, 2022

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At the present moment the state of the economy in general and the supply chain delays in particular are driving up prices. More specifically, for printers and print buyers this is reflected in higher paper prices. However, depending on how you approach your design work and your print purchasing, you may be able to contain these costs. (more…)

Custom Printing: More Fun Facts About Printing Paper

Monday, March 14th, 2022

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What you see in the photo above is not a roll of commercial printing paper (a web) feeding into a heatset web press but a huge take-up roll of paper, winding up the custom printing stock as it is converted from a liquid pulp mixture into the dry, flat printing paper onto which presses will deposit ink. The Fourdrinier machine, as it is called, is almost as long as a football field. The paper pulp mixture travels through the machine on a wire mesh, and the water is allowed to drain off, yielding a flat, stable mesh of paper fibers suitable for commercial printing. (more…)

Book Printing: Two More Paper Specifications to Know

Monday, June 14th, 2021

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A single print book started my education in commercial printing (Getting It Printed by Mark Beach and Eric Kenly). If you read this book you will learn far more than you thought possible about paper—everything from the difference between whiteness and brightness to how paper is made to the difference between long- and short-grain paper stocks. It may make your head hurt, but it will vastly improve your design skills and print negotiating skills. It did for me. This used to be an area in which my knowledge was lacking. (more…)

Commercial Printing: Ways to Save on Paper Costs

Monday, June 15th, 2020

So, you’ve completed the design of your brochure, print book, poster, or whatever other offset or digital print project you’re working on, and it’s time to choose paper to print it on. What’s to choose? It’s just paper, right?

Not so.

If you’re a graphic designer, you’re probably well aware of the nuances of paper specification, everything from the texture to the opacity to the whiteness vs. brightness of the paper. Is it coated? Or should it be uncoated, and what does this imply about the brand values of your company? Many designers even have preferred brands of paper and specify these directly to their paper merchants, asking the paper merchants to coordinate paper purchases with the mills and the offset or digital commercial printing suppliers. (more…)

Custom Printing: Design Your Job with Paper in Mind

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Paper is a resource. In addition to coming (mostly) from trees and therefore being worthy of preservation, paper as a significant materials cost of commercial printing bears consideration. Paper is expensive. Don’t waste it. In fact, it is sometimes a rather large portion of the overall cost of your print job. (more…)

Book Printing: Thoughts on Choosing Printing Paper

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

I found a perfect-bound mythology book in the thrift store this week that I had last read and loved in 1981, so I bought it for a dollar. But what struck me even more than the surprise of finding it again was the publication date (1976) and the fact that the cover, cover coating, and interior paper showed absolutely no sign of age. None. (more…)

Custom Printing: The Printing Substrate Changes the Ink Color

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The more I study the various visual arts, the more similarities I see between and among them.

My fiancee bought some hair coloring today, and noted that the final color will depend on the original hair color of the person using the product. She had chosen a bright auburn shade, and on the back of the package I saw three slightly different final colors based on whether the original hair had been light to medium blonde, dark blonde to light brown, or medium to dark brown. (more…)

Commercial Printing: A Few Identity-Package Paper Tips

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

A print brokering client of mine just landed a new account. The client is global in its reach, which is particularly exciting. Now my client’s client needs an identity package to project its image around the world. (more…)

Custom Printing: A Case Study on Printing Paper

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

A print brokering client of mine is producing a book. It will be 5.5” x 8.5” and perfect bound with French flaps. This client runs a small publishing house. Therefore, to make this print book consistent with others in my client’s series, I have specified Sebago IV 55# Antique finish, blue-white for the main text of the book. (more…)

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