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Our New Digital Cutter

Posted by Scott on 4 May 2017

Digital CutterAfter Five great years with an earlier model we are pleased to announce our new Esko Kongsberg C44 Digital Cutter. Many years ago all the finishing (trimming and cutting) was done by hand, and while it worked we just couldn't cope with the volume. Moving on we have really streamlined our systems as evident in our very quick, high volume turnaround times, just not possible back then. The new cutter in some ways is more of the same. The real benefits are in the backend.

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Pixels At A Distance

Posted by Scott on 31 July 2015

IMG Pixels 1bThis is always a hot topic in digital print... just how many pixels does an image need to get a good result? Rather than let you rely on taking our word for it, we've run a series of prints so you can see for yourself. We have done a range of prints from 10ppi to 300ppi to demonstrate exactly what a print at a specific resolution will look like. The results are quite interesting.

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CMYK - No Such Colour

Posted by Scott on 23 May 2012


We are so far into the digital age yet there is still a bit of confusion about CMYK (and RGB) colour models. I'll do an overview of the CMYK colour model and the affect on digital print it has. The biggest misconception is that a colour specified as CMYK percentages alone represents an actual colour. It would be wrong to accuse a digital printer for producing incorrect colour if the only thing you provided was a combination of CMYK percentages such as those seen in corporate identity manuals. Read on to find out why...

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Perfect Backlits

Posted by Scott on 31 January 2012


We now offer the absolute best in illuminated printing. Often backlits are let down by dull colours, washy blacks and shadows or colour casts (when an image looks slightly yellow or green etc) which ruin a great image. Up until now we've used in-house developed techniques to get great backlits with densities that don't wash out when the lights are on, but this was never completely reliable. We had a new addition late last year in the form of a spectrophotometer. The great thing about this new model is that it does transmissive readings.

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Adobe CS5.5 Ready

Posted by Scott on 25 October 2011


Our goal is to make it as easy as possible to get files to us and like many of you, we have made the move to Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. Our prepress department is all up to date, ready for your files. We 're more than happy to take pdf files, but we definately prefer you to supply native files for better output.

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When Good Fonts Go Bad

Posted by Scott on 27 September 2011


I don't know if it's due to the 'I want it now' world we live in or if it's just been forgotten, but letter spacing is not getting the user intervention it needs every now and then. As a signwriter by trade I notice when kerning has turned a bit to custard. Auto font kerning works really well most of the time, but looking at some of the print and signage about, some letter pairs have slipped through the goal posts. I've thrown together some shots of scenarios that cover kerning and tracking at a basic level.

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True Colours

Posted by Scott on 7 October 2010

                           In previous articles, I covered how we control colour with software and hardware using design programs and the printers. There is another important piece of hardware too. It's a colour matching booth. Not a weird device that you climb inside and lock the door, but rather a station that has special fluorescent tubes that illuminate vertically mounted prints and proofs from above. The big problem to overcome with manual hardcopy matching of colour is the lighting conditions. There are so many different conditions, fluoresecent warm to cool tubes, halogen, daylight sunny and cloudy, incadescent blubs and now led lighting which all emit different colour. There is no easy solution but a good start is an industry standard, which just happens to be D50 or more commonly known as daylight.

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Turbocharged prepress

Posted by Scott on 19 August 2010

                    We've given our prepress department a turbocharge. Prepress is a key step in the process to make sure your stuff looks good. It's pretty much a translation centre. Your files are handled in prepress where they are dissected, turned inside out, then delivered to the printing machines ready for perfect output. It's really critical that we've got good hardware and software to handle the latest file developments and do it with speed (files are getting bigger and more complex by the day). This update has included new PC's with more hard drives, processors and ram than you can poke a stick at for crunching the numbers at lightning speed, teamed up with new software from Onyx. We've given our Mac's a spruce up and they are loaded with Adobe's latest suite CS5 to be fully compatible with your requirements.

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You Just Push Print Don't You?

Posted by Scott on 18 January 2010

It's true, the easiest thing about digital printing is buying (if the bank likes you) the machine. Yes, the printers are automated, but they require quite a lot of user interaction to make the difference between a good print and a not so good print. Taking a closer look at the not so good prints, it comes down to a few important details which require additional skills, than just sending files to a machine. Here is a small snapshot of some baddies we avoid in the background.

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We Are Adobe CS4 Friendly

Posted by Scott on 14 January 2010

img-2-CS4.jpgOur prepress department is up to date with Adobe CS4. We still prefer you to send your files to us in their native format. Keep in mind that although Pdf's are very versatile, we can give you way better and more predictable results by working with your native files.

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