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Can you print jobs that are different than the standard formats that you offer?
We offer customized printing services suited to your requirements.
  
 How do I know my printing will be of good quality?
We guarantee you 100% satisfaction with our products.
  
  
  
Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
What are printing plates?
Plates are images that are created from the negatives used to transfer the ink to the surface to be printed. Each colour requires a separate printing plate.

How should I have my label printing artwork prepared?
Artworks are created in a digital form on computers by DTP operators. It is important to first check with your printer, what format the artwork will be acceptable in.

Can I send you artworks created in MS Word or Power Point?
We recommend that you use a design programme like Adobe Illustrator or Coreldraw or Photoshop, for best results.

What are colour separations?
Colour separations break down a colour graphic into the four basic ink colours: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK). Each single colour layer is then printed separately, one on top of the other, to give an impression of infinite colons.

What are halftones?
Halftone images are made up of a series of dots diamonds, squares, or lines in a specific pattern that simulate the look of a continuous tone image. Halftoning is also known as dithering.

What is the difference between RGB and CMYK and why are they important?
RGB refers to the primary colours of light; red, green and blue. These are used in monitors, television screens, digital cameras and scanners. CMYK refers to the primary colours of pigment; cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. These are the inks used in 4-colour process printing, or full colour printing.

The combination of RGB light creates white, while the combination of CMYK inks creates black. Therefore, it is physically impossible for the printing press to exactly reproduce colours as we see them on our monitors.

Many programs have the capability to convert the layout/images from the RGB colour space to the CMYK colour space. It is preferable if you convert your colours from RGB to CMYK, so that you have maximum control over the results. You may notice a shift in colour when converting. If you are unsatisfied with this difference, you can make corrections in CMYK, usually by lightening. Generally, you should specify CMYK colour builds that look a little lighter than you want, since the dots of ink "fatten up" on the press, giving you more pigment on paper than you see on your monitor. Black or dark coloured text needs a light background, so that it is legible.

What is the difference between 4-colour process and spot-colour printing?

4 colour process printing is generally used in printing labels with photographic images, by combining 2 or more subtractive colours (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) to recreate colour. Spot colour printing is generally used for text and simple graphic printing in single or more colours.

Does white count as a printing colour?
White can either be a reverse type where the label colour (white) is allowed to show through or it can be used as a background colour on transparent materials. Therefore, white does not count as a printing colour.

What are the different types of adhesives available?

The type of label you require will determine the adhesive to be used. The most common adhesives are permanent, removable or cold temperature. Each of these is available in a wide range of formulas.

What are the most common materials used in labels? What is a label composed of?
Labels are made of laminate, ink, label face stock and label adhesive. Each of these have varied options in thickness, colour and more.

What is the difference between coated and uncoated stock?
Coated stock is very shiny paper, produced by pressing the paper against a polished metal drum, while the coating is still wet. Uncoated stock has a matte or a dull finish and absorbs the inks printed on the paper.

What materials are labels made from?

Generally, labels are made of paper, vinyl, polyester and polyethylene. Some labels are also made of films, PVC and others.

What type of label is best for outdoor and industrial applications?
Labels used outdoors need to be durable. They should have the ability to withstand different weather conditions. Vinyl and polyester are the top choices for labels used outdoors. Bumper stickers are generally made of vinyl. There are 3 tests to determine the film and adhesive performance. These are heat age test, outdoor weather ability and exposure to various solutions. Silk screening is also used, to help with fading inks.

What are embossed labels?
Embossing is a process where an image is pressed onto the paper so that the image lies above the surface. Labels can also be embossed only with an image (no printing) or they can be embossed with foil stamping to add colour and additional effects to the non-embossed area of the label.

What is screen-printing?
Screen printing is a method where ink is applied to your label, through a web or fabric, which has been stretched on a frame. The frame carries a stencil created from your artwork. The stencil openings determine the form and dimensions of the imprint produced.

What is the Pantone Matching System (PMS)?

Each Pantone colour has a specified CMYK equivalent. To select a Pantone colour, you need to first determine the ink colour you want, using the Pantone colour formula guide or an ink chart. This system is used for printing spot colours.

What's the difference between die-cut and butt-cut?
Die cut labels have round corners and spacing between each label on the roll. Butt cut labels have square corners and no space between each label on the roll.

How is a label constructed?
The label is temporarily stuck to a release liner. These are made of paper and have a silicone coating. The types of adhesives used for your label can range from permanent, temporary, removable or repositional. It is important to choose an adhesive according to your environment and the surface on which it will be used. Depending on your application, you can choose from a variety of materials or substrates like paper, vinyl, polyester, film, foil, pvc or magnetic. There are also many types of laminates available. Choose, according to your application and climate.

How do I get special items like bar codes, nutritional statements, etc?
Bar codes should be added into the negatives to insure accuracy of scanning.

How can I be assured my labels will stick properly to my surface?
Prior to ordering, always request sample material to test on the surface(s) to be labelled. If you are still unsure, send a few samples or your product to us and we will recommend appropriate adhesive and proper materials.

What is a proof and do I need to see one?

A proof is a sample of what the printed product will look like. You can check the wording, spelling, size and position of the label design in a proof. We give you a PDF file laser printout for your review, correction and approval. Then plates are manufactured and sample prints are taken. Production begins after this sample approval.

Will my printed product look the same as I view on my screen when I design it using you?
No one can guarantee that the printed product looks exactly the same. There are several reasons for this. Every monitor is colour calibrated differently. LCD displays show colour differently than tube monitors. Monitors and displays show colour through refraction but we print colours reflectively on paper. The only way to check your colours before printing is to view a proof.

Will you match a sample I print out on my own printer, or a previously printed sample?
We will do everything we can to match a sample that you provide. But there are several variables that affect final print production. Colours, resolutions and paper that you provide may be different from what we offer and that can result in a difference.

What are 'overs' and 'unders'?
In the label industry, the actual quantity of labels may vary by + or - 10% from the quantity ordered because extras are produced, for a quality review. You are billed only for the actual quantity supplied.

What is the difference between lamination and UV coating?
Lamination and UV coating are both used to add scuff resistance and shine to labels. UV coating is a liquid plastic applied to the surface of the label and cured under ultra violet (UV) light. Most playing cards are coated with a UV coating for protection and durability. Lamination is a layer of actual plastic film that is glued to the surface of the label. This is used in many restaurant menus. Lamination adds water resistance in addition to shine and durability. It costs slightly more than UV coating, but offers more superior protection.

What are cutting dies?
Cutting dies are steel tools that cut the shape of the label. Label printers generally use a rotary tooling. This tool cuts through only the label face sheet and not the release liner. The scrap is stripped away, leaving the labels on the liner.

Can you print jobs that are different than the standard formats that you offer?
We offer customized printing services suited to your requirements.

How do I know my printing will be of good quality?
We guarantee you 100% satisfaction with our products. If your labels have a manufacturing defect, please inform us right away. We will identify the problem and work out a replacement order for you. However, we do not cover spelling errors in your artwork.
 
 
 
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