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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Litho vs Digital Printing


I thought it might be useful to write a blog about the process involved in printing method and why you might choose one over the other. I’ll try not to get too technical and hope that you find it an interesting read!

So what is the difference between litho and digital printing, and which is best for your job?

Well! in a nutshell the litho printing uses ink and plates whilst digital printing uses toners on a press similar to a giant office printer. Digital printing is more suitable for small quantity runs and the litho printing is for larger quantity runs.

Litho is the traditional method used for printing before the explosion of the digital age. It was really the only way you could get typo letters to be printed onto paper, unless you wanted to do it by hand.


How does Litho printing work?



Offset Lithography printing (Litho)

The inked image is transferred from a printing plate to a rubber blanket and then the image is transferred again to the paper. Generally the printing will be done out of the standard four-colour process. This means that the artwork is separated into four different printing plates and each plate prints a specific single colour – cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK). Together these colours combine to create a full-colour print. Occasionally additional printing plates might also be added to print spot colours. These may be special inks such as fluorescent or metallic or a specific Pantone ink that matches a corporate colour. Similarly, there might be fewer colours used such as two-colour printing where only two specified colours will be printed, and because only two printing plates are being made this is cheaper than four-colour litho.




Offset Digital Printing

Digital printing is a four colour process reproduction method that uses electronic files (such as PDF artwork) and dots of colour to produce an image using toner or ink. Unlike litho printing no printing plates are required and there is less waste of chemicals and paper because no ‘make-ready’ is required.


A considerations to choosing Digital or Litho printing

Weight of Materials:
In general most digital presses will run paper weights between 80gsm and 300gsm, whereas litho presses will happily run from 60gsm up to 500gsm.

Type of Materials:
Digital presses are more limited in the types of material on which they can print successfully. Some heavily textured materials do not print very well and gloss papers can also end up a bit ‘flat’ if there is full image coverage. Litho presses have a much wider choice of materials available which are generally cheaper if selecting a specialist stock.

Run length:
Digital presses are more suitable for the shorter run lengths, generally from a single print up to around 1-2k (although this figure will vary depending on the particular job specification).

Lead Time:
It is generally accepted that digital printing produces a job quicker than litho printing as there is no job make-ready or plate making required.

Quality:
Historically litho printing was regarded as producing the best quality, and whilst that is still the case for many job specifications digital print quality is now so good that in most cases it is hard for them to tell the difference.

Range of colours:
If specific spot [Pantone] colours are required to a high level of accuracy reproduction then litho printing is the best option.

Personalisation [Variable Data]:
Digital printed items can be personalised. This makes each print unique to the recipient - for example a direct mail campaign could have the name of the recipient incorporated into the design which will increase the response rate.

Metallic Inks:
Metallic do not reproduce very well in digital printing – best stick to litho.

UV varnishing:
UV varnishing does not sit well on digitally printed products – best stick to litho.


So there you have it, a beginner’s guide to printing!
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Sunday, 4 November 2018

Free business cards templates



Graphic resources for everyone.

There are many free business cards design website that offers hundreds of free business cards layout designs for free and some offer cheap business cards printing services with it. I remember in 2004 when I've worked in the printing industry, there wasn't any free design resources online and the standard price for designing business card was from £25.

Today you can find hundreds website offering free business cards in all different software formats, such as Adobe Ai, psd and more.

Freepik is one of the leading search engine of free vector designs who have joined the largest community of graphic designers in the world offering users, high quality graphic designs,
exclusive illustrations and graphic resources that can be used in both personal
and commercial projects.

Why is it Free?

As for the Freepik they believe that users have to search in several websites for a specific illustration. However, with the creation of Freepik, the majority of graphic vectors are listed in one unique website and as a result, all presented in one unique platform. Furthermore, Freepik has raised the bar in terms of quality and utility, reaching professional standards of free graphic resources.

When you search for free business cards design on google you will get about 1,070,000,000 as results. However I have selected the best website that provides excellent business cards layout designs.


Shopify



Microsoft Office


crello



designmantic


bizcardmaker


vistaprint


canva


play google


vecteezy


brother

Moo


instantprint


Jukeboxprint


GraphicSprings




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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Best UK WebSites For Business Cards

Looking to get business cards? Check the following list of the best UK sites for business cards.







PlasmaDesign’s nucleus is a small, dedicated team of designers and craftsmen. They offer a collaborative and creative approach that’s given the time and attention it deserves.

123Print

123Print
When it comes to creating the perfect business card, it all begins with the design. A template based solution. Start with one of the 1000 free templates or upload your own artwork to create your own business cards.

Onlineprinters

Onlineprinters
At Onlineprinters they offer printed materials such as flyers & leaflets, postcards, folders, brochures, posters, letterheads, business cards, catalogues, advertising systems, and more, with great high-quality printing quality.

DigitalPrinting

DigitalPrinting
Beautiful digital printing with over 20 years experience. Great value printing services for all your business needs.

BeanPrint

BeanPrint
An artistic and professional UK business cards service helping you give a lasting impression with vibrant and eye catching designs.

Warwick

Warwick
Great supplier of business cards, posters, leaflets, booklets, and presentation documents created by digital presses and photocopiers with quick turnaround.

SM1 Print

SM1 Print
Business card service helping you make a good first impression to your prospects with great looking and professional looking business cards.

Vegaprint

Vegaprint
Business card printing services offering a selection of matt and gloss laminated Standard business
Luxurious looking business cards that are bound to give you quality results. You can also print business cards online from the site. They also offer free delivery.

ezprinters

ezprinters
Great quality litho printed Standard business cards printed on a thick 450gsm silk board in full colour to single or both sides and finished with matte/gloss lamination or velvet (Soft Touch).  Digital printed business cards are printed on 350gsm board.

Mangoprint

Mangoprint
Digital and litho printing for business cards, business stationery and leaflet printing. 

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