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  • Coating Options

    Aqueous Coating (AQ)

    It is used to protect and enhance the printed piece. It provides a glossy sheen and light protection from moisture, dirt and smudges. It is less glossy and protective than UV Coating. Aqueous Coating may not be an option for some print jobs.


    Sain AQ

    Provides the same protective properties of Aqueous Coating, but without the "shininess" or glare.


    UV Coating

    A liquid coating which is bonded and cured with ultraviolet light. This is primarily used to provide a protective coating to the printed image. Please note that you CAN NOT write or imprint on UV coated jobs. UV Coating is glossier and more moisture, dirt and smudge resistant than Aqueous Coating (and more expensive). UV Coating may not be an option for some print jobs.



    While still a coating, a matte finish may appear uncoated because it is not as shiny as Aqueous or UV Coating, but it still keeps much of the ink from being absorbed by the paper to produce an excellent image without the glare.  Matte can be written on and imprinted on, but "No Coating" is best to avoid smudges.


    Silk Lamination

    A dull matte film applied to one or both sides of a print product. Silk lamination give cards a luxurious smooth feel and may dull color and contrast slightly. Durable Silk lamination is tear and water resistant.  This provides enhanced contrast for Spot UV and  Metallic Foil.


    Spot UV Coating

    This is regular UV Coating, but applied to the printed piece only in specific areas as opposed to all over the entire piece. This can be very attention-getting and excellent for emphasis, as only certain parts of the piece appear shiny.


    No Coating

    This is best for writing on and imprinting on.  It may be a bit more absorptive to the ink, thus duller.  It may feel less smooth.  It tends to have a more natural and organic look and feel.

  • Paper/Stock Types

    • 100LB Gloss Cover
    • 10PT
    • 14 PT
    • 14 PT Natural
    • 14 PT Pearl Metallic
    • 14 PT Uncoated
    • 18 PT C1S
    • 20 PT Clear Plastic
    • 20 PT Frosted Plastic
    • 20 PT White Plastic
    • 32PT
    • 48PT
    • 45PT Cotton
    • 100LB Linen


  • What does the weight of paper mean?

    LB (pound) designations for paper are based on the weight in pounds of 500 sheets.  The paper manufacturer will select a standard sheet size for their paper when getting the initial weight on 500 sheets (this standard size varies brand to brand and can be 17” x 22”, 35” x 23”, etc.). The weight of these 500 sheets determines the paper’s weight.


    For example the common office copy paper "Bond" has a standard size of 17” x 22″ and this is the size that is weighed for 500 sheets. If 500 sheets of this size weigh 20 lbs, then the paper is classified as a 20lb bond. So when you are carrying 4 reams of your standard size (8-1/2 x 11) office paper you are in fact carrying 20 lbs of paper, as 8-1/2 x 11 is ¼ of a 17 x 22 sheet.


    Weight doesn't relate to thickness.  Therefore different papers may not feel the same thickness or rigidity even though they are the same weight.

  • What does PT (point) mean for cardstock?

    In the U.S., card stock thickness is usually measured in PT (points) or mils; the thickness of the sheet in thousandths of an inch. For example, a 10PT card is 0.010in (0.254 mm) thick.


    PT doesn't relate to weight.  A bigger PT number will always mean a thicker stock.


    10PT = 0.010in (0.254 mm)

    12PT = 0.012in (0.305 mm)

    14PT = 0.014in (0.356 mm)

    16PT = 0.016in (0.406 mm)

    18PT = 0.018in (0.457 mm)

    20PT = 0.020in (0.508 mm)

    32PT = 0.032in (0.813 mm)

    45PT = 0.045in (1.143 mm)

    48PT = 0.048in (1.219 mm)

  • Color Options

  • Folding Options

    Bi Fold/Half Fold

    French Fold

    Gate Fold

    Tri Fold/Letter Fold

    Double Parallel Fold

    Half Fold then Tri Fold

    Z Fold

    Accordion Fold

    Roll Fold

  • What color mode should my files be?

    If you send us an RGB file, there is a chance that a color shift may occur and you may not be satisfied with your job. You should always start and finish your designs in CMYK color mode.



  • What is bleed?

    Bleed must extend past the cut-line and will be trimmed from the product during the final cutting phase. When the image is required to extend all the way to the edge, bleed is needed to preserve the finished look and the quality of the final product.  Bleed is usually a minimum of .0625" on each side (.125 total), but may need to be 1/8" per side or more - it depends on the product.  The safety zone is usually at least .125" or more depending on the product.

  • Make sure BLUE doesn't look PURPLE

    When using a blue in your design, always make sure to leave at least a 30% difference in your Cyan and Magenta values.


    100% C 100% M 0% Y 0% K




    Blue is close to purple in the CMYK spectrum. Remember, use a low amount of magenta whenever using high amounts of cyan to avoid purple.


    EXAMPLE: C-100 M-70 Y-0 K-0


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