print jobs that are different than the standard formats that you offer?
offer customized printing services suited to your requirements.
| || |
do I know my printing will be of good quality? |
We guarantee you 100% satisfaction
with our products.
| || |
| || |
| || |
Asked Questions |
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.
I send you artworks created in MS Word or Power Point?
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
What are halftones?
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
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.
are the most common materials used in labels? What is a label composed of?
are made of laminate, ink, label face stock and label adhesive. Each of these
have varied options in thickness, colour and more.
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.
are labels made from?
Generally, labels are made of paper, vinyl, polyester
and polyethylene. Some labels are also made of films, PVC and others.
type of label is best for outdoor and industrial applications?
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
What are embossed labels?
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.
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?
should be added into the negatives to insure accuracy of scanning.
can I be assured my labels will stick properly to my surface?
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.
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.
my printed product look the same as I view on my screen when I design it using
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.
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.
is the difference between lamination and UV coating?
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.
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?
offer customized printing services suited to your requirements.
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.