Custom Printing Services

Below are some answers frequently asked questions. If you’re interested in having us print your work please read all of the following information before submitting files. If you have additional questions please let us know.

OBTAINING A QUOTE

In order to provide you with an accurate quote we need to know the following information:
1. Size: What are the dimensions of the image and finished trim (paper) size?
2. Colors: How many colors is your art or design?
3. Quantity: How many prints in the edition?

There is no minimum quantity required to place an order, however printing less than 50 pieces in an edition is often not cost effective. Please indicate if you want specialty inks (i.e., metallic or fluorescent) additional charges may apply.

TURN AROUND TIME

Please contact us for availability. 

SHIPPING AND HANDLING

We typically ship USPS  2nd day. To minimize the risk of damage during delivery, shipments are packed with no more than 100 full size (18 X 24 inch) prints per box.

PAPER

Our standard stock is Domtar Cougar 100lb. Cover (Bright White or Natural.) It has a smooth, uncoated finish and is acid free. We also offer Stonehenge 192GSM White or Warm White as an upgrade paper stock that is best for deckled edges and wet medium hand embellishment. We accept customer supplied stock, however we cannot guarantee results; some paper is better suited for screen printing than others.

COLOR SPECIFICATIONS

Please specify color using Pantone coated or uncoated swatches only. We mix colors to picked  to the best of our ability  but can provide exact Pantone color matching for an additional fee. 

 

 

SUBMITTING ARTWORK

Following the guidelines below helps ensure your files are processed efficiently and print as intended. We accept Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop files only. Please label files with name and title of image before sending.

IMAGE AND TRIM SIZE

Stander print sizes you can choose from are 8.5"x11", 11"x17", "13x20", 16"x20", 18"x24" and 24"x36". We offer multi-color printing for all sizes except 24"x36". Prep files to your  final trimmed print size;  including  spacing for boarders. Specify if you'd want a deckled edge or a full bleed (colors run off the edge of  paper). We offer the ability to print both  AM and FM halftone dot patterns. DO NOT  send files pre half-toned. 

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

  1. Outline all fonts.

  2. Include all linked files.

  3. Halftone images are printed at max 60 lpi unless otherwise specified.

  4. Specify intended print order.

  5. Eliminate stray points.

  6. Eliminate extraneous layers and flatten artwork.

  7. Eliminate all unused color swatches.

Note: Do not submit Adobe Illustrator files using CMYK color combinations; specify color using
PANTONE coated or uncoated swatches only. Delete all unused swatches. This eliminates
confusion and ensures proper film output. Adobe Illustrator files set in CMYK
mode and/or with extraneous swatches will be returned for revision.

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

  1. Save file as .psd at 360 dpi at 100% opacity.

  2. Assign each color to a separate layer. 

  3. Label each layer with its corresponding PANTONE coated or uncoated number.

  4. Halftone images are printed at max 60 lpi unless otherwise specified.

  5. Specify print order.

Note: 35 lpi is the finest line screen we can print with consistent results. Dot density above 70% or below 10% can be problematic.

Objects intended to bleed should cross document boundaries into pasteboard area. Bleed value should be 1/8” (.125”).

TYPE SIZE AND LINE WEIGHT

Type below 10 pt. is difficult to print with consistent results. For type set below 10 pt. we recommend sans serif, bold fonts. If type is knocked out we recommend setting it at a 12 pt. minimum. Minimum line weight is 1 point; line weight below 1 point may not print properly.

 

 Once you submit your print-ready files, our prepress team will review them to ensure that they are prepared correctly and in accordance with our print specifications. You be notified of any concerns we have about your print file preparation, and you will receive clear instructions if edits are required. Two rounds of file review checks are included with all orders at no charge. If you are unable to make the file edits required, our staff may be able to perform them on your behalf. We charge $65 per hour for prepress and design services, and will request your authorization before any work is started. We cannot be held responsible for any delays in our proofing or production schedule as a result of incorrectly prepared files submitted by our customers. We offer scanning for images no bigger than 12x19. We do not offer design services but can provide critiques.

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