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Printing Lingo: What is a Print-Ready file?

Print-Ready is a term used to describe a file that has all the specifications necessary to produce high-resolution printed output, without requiring any additional alteration or intervention. In other words, a commercial printer can use...

Printing Lingo: What are Crop Marks?

The Crop Marks placed at the corners of this artwork layout indicate where this business card (with bleed) will be trimmed after printing In printing, Crop Marks are thin lines placed at the corners of an image, page or artwork layout to...

Laminated Printing: Don't Overlook the Importance of Rounded Corners

Laminated Printing with Rounded Corners is not only Safer to Handle, it also has a More Finished Look The clear plastic film used to laminate printing is available in a variety of thicknesses. The thicker the laminate used, the more rigid the...

Laminated Printing: Sealed Edge or Flush Cut?

Print materials are laminated to increase longevity. In most cases, lamination is applied to printing that will be subject to stains, smudges, moisture, oil, grime, wrinkles, tears or anything else that might shorten its life. The lamination...

Buy Custom-Printed Binder Sets Pre-Assembled to Save Time and Money!

An example of a Pre-Assembled Binder Set created with colorful content and custom-printed tabs Many companies use some form of ringed binders with custom-printed content. Ringed binders are extremely popular because content can be added or...

Printing Lingo: What is a PDF file?

PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It is a file format developed by Adobe Systems in 1993 to standardize and simplify the sharing of electronic documents. Prior to the PDF, document files could only be exchanged between computers that...

Small Booklet Printing: An Overview of Pocket-Sized Booklets

Printing booklets in a Pocket-Sized format provides a convenient way to keep useful information handy Pocket-size booklets provide a convenient way to share useful information. The compact format of pocket-sized booklets makes them ideal...

Promotional Printing: Custom-Printed Bookmarks are Simple, Yet Effective

Examples of Promotional Bookmarks with Rounded Corners A custom-printed bookmark is one of the most simple and economical ways to share a promotional message. A bookmark is a very useful item and is appreciated by casual readers as well as...

Printing Lingo: What does Drilling mean?

This stack of paper has been Drilled with three holes In printing, the term "Drilling" refers to the process of creating round holes in paper using a rotating bit. Manual Punching vs Automated Drilling Unlike a manual punch, which...

Laminated Printing: The Many Benefits and Uses of Print Lamination

Lamination protects printed pieces against Stains, Spills and Smudges The Lamination process encloses and bonds printed pieces between two pieces of clear plastic film. This transparent film adds strength, rigidity and protection, which...

Company History Books: Capture Your Corporate Biography in Print

Celebrate your company's history with a colorful, professionally-printed book Every established company has a story….a story of endurance, of overcoming challenges, of achieving excellence, or some other inspiring tale. It may be a long and...

Trade Show Printing: Use Print Materials to Promote, Engage & Follow-Up

Enhance the Trade Show Experience by using Professionally-Printed Materials for Promotion, Engagement and Follow-Up Exhibiting at a trade show is an effective way to market your company and brand. Unlike other marketing channels, a trade...

Printing Lingo: What is a Proof?

A Proof is a close representation of how a piece will appear when printed A proof is a preliminary version of a printed piece. It provides a close representation of how the piece will appear when printed. Proofs are created to ensure that...

Book Printing: A Web Press is the Economical Choice for Volume Projects

If your business prints a catalog, manual, directory, magazine, or other publication in volume, a web press will likely be your most economical production method. Also known as a roll-fed press, a web press is ideal for books...

Formax Printing: a St. Louis Printing Company with a National Presence

Formax created the Printing Made Easy blog to help explain print-related terms and to discuss various print materials, services and concepts. Just this month, we posted our 100th blog entry! So we thought it was a great time to thank the...

Book Printing: Use Page Dividers with Custom Tabs for Quick Indexing

Page Dividers with Index Tabs allow quick referencing for Manuals, Handbooks, Proposals and Presentations Page dividers with custom-printed index tabs provide an easy way to organize a bound document into logical sections. The tabs...

Book Printing for the Trade: How to Pick a Partner that Fits Your Needs

When Seeking a Trade Printer for Book Printing, Pick the Partner that Best Fits your Unique Needs One of your customers has just approached you with a request for printed books, but you don't have the capabilities to produce the order. ...

Simple Ways to Save Money on Book and Booklet Printing

Everyone is looking for ways to save money these days and book printing is no exception. Here are a few cost saving ideas to keep in mind when designing and buying printed books and booklets. Stick with Standard Paper Sizes Standard paper...

Book Printing Lingo: What does “Self Cover” mean?

The Self Cover option is an economical choice for any booklet, like a Price List, which may change frequently Self Cover means that the paper used for the cover of a book or other bound document is the same as the paper used for the interior...

Brochure Printing: 5 Important Tips for Effective Brochure Content

In our last article, we talked about the importance of identifying the purpose and intended use of your brochure before developing its content. In case you missed that article, click here to read it: "The First 5 Steps to Creating an Effective...

Brochure Printing: The First 5 Steps to Creating an Effective Brochure

Content Can Wait… Address these 5 Questions First In my experience, when people set out to create a Brochure many of them focus on the content first. They begin by writing down the points they want to make in the brochure, or they start...

Printing Lingo: What is "Lamination" and why is it used?

In the printing industry, Lamination refers to the process of bonding a clear plastic film onto printed matter. It is most common to bond the film to both sides of the printed piece so that the piece is totally enclosed in plastic. Printed pieces...

Book Printing Lingo: What does "Perfect Binding" mean?

Perfect Binding is a widely used soft cover book binding method. With this binding method, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible thermal glue. The other three sides of the book are then trimmed as needed...

Book Printing Lingo: Is Spiral Binding the same as Coil Binding?

Spiral Binding and Coil Binding are interchangeable terms for the exact same book binding method. This popular method joins the pages and cover of a book using a durable plastic or metal coil that is shaped like a long spring. The coil is...

The 3-Ring Binder: 124 Years Old and Still Used by Everyone

A Ring Binder, such as the common 3-Ring Binder, is the simplest of all binding methods used to assemble pages into book form. Invented in Germany in 1886, it is still one of the most versatile and user friendly binding methods. The advantage of...

Direct Mail Campaigns: Make the Most of Your Postcard Printing

A Simple yet Compelling Offer with Contact Information Postcards are a very popular method of direct mail marketing. We all get them in our mailboxes frequently, which is a testament to their wide spread use and success. Postcards are...

Business Printing: Design Business Cards as Marketing Tools

Many times, the first impression you make to a prospective customer is from your Business Card. So naturally you want your business cards to project a positive image. But the real secret is to start viewing your business card as something other...

Book Printing: The Benefits of Short Run Printing / Print on Demand

For any organization or author that is looking to have some books printed, Short Run Printing and Print On Demand are popular concepts worth exploring. Considered by many to be interchangeable concepts, Short Run Printing and Print On Demand work...

Business Printing: The Difference between a Flyer and a Brochure

Next to business cards and stationery, Flyers and Brochures are two of the most popular printed pieces out there. The difference between a Flyer and a Brochure is clear to some but not so clear to others. Now I've never seen any formal rules that...

Business Printing: Operational vs Promotional

Business Printing generally serves one of two functions - Operational or Promotional. What is Operational Printing? A business uses Operational Printing to assist with day-to-day operations. Examples of operational printing include...

Book Printing: What Info does a Printer need to Quote accurately?

Virtually all printing projects are made-to-order. This is because each printed piece is unique and created for a particular purpose. The purpose of the piece determines its characteristics. Your printer refers to the unique characteristics...

Printing Lingo: What do terms like 4/4, 4/1, 4/0, 1/1 and 1/0 mean?

Terms like 4/4 , 4/1, 4/0 etc. are a sort of printing industry shorthand to express how many ink colors are applied to each side of a printed piece. 4/4 is pronounced "four over four" and means there are four ink colors applied to the front...

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