COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQs

 

Can I walk in any time for a copy or more?
Certainly, we are open Monday – Friday 9-5

Can I make an appoinment to discuss a print or design job.
Yes, give us a call. 321.242.7766

How should I supply my art to you?
You can email most files to us at graphics@designgraphicsprinting.net. For larger files you can bring a disc or flash drive, or ask for our dropbox link.

What formats will you accept?
High res PDF is preferable, but we will take .jpegs, .ai, .eps or most Office programs.

Can I get an estimate from you?
The best way to get an estimate is to get all the specs of your job together and give Rob a call at 242.7766.

How long does it take for you to complete my order?
Simple jobs can be done as soon as “right now”! Allow 1-2 days for print jobs and 3-4 days for press jobs.

Speaking of, how do i know if I want digital or offset (press) printing? 
2 Things to consider, cost and quantity. Press is preferable for large runs and and matching specific colors or metalics. Digital is more cost effective for shorter runs, multiple orginals and short deadlines.

Can you design my logo and business identity?
We specialize in it! Our designer has over 20 year experience bringing your ideas to life!

Is logo design expensive?
We start at $76 dollars an hour. For a simple project its only $38. This a a great deal considering online logos are cookie cutter and not customized and agencys and freelancers may charge upwards of $100 an hour!

 

COMMON VOCABULARY

Aqueous Coating
A clear coating provides a high-gloss surface. Aqueous coating improves the durability.

Artwork
The original  materials, including photos, graphics, text and parts needed to produce a printed piece. can also be digital.

Bindery
A department within a printing company that does the cutting, folding, collating, drilling and other finishing operations.

Bleed
Any element that extends up to or beyond the edge of a printed page.

Bond
A type of durable writing, printing and typing paper that is erasable and somewhat rigid.

C1S and C2S
Acronyms for Coated One Side and Coated Two Sides paper stock.

Carbonless Paper
Paper that is chemically treated to transfer the impression from the first page to the folowing pages.  Also known as Carbonless NCR Forms.

Coated stock
Any paper that has a  coating applied after the paper is made, giving the paper a smoother finish.

Coil Binding
Where a metal or plastic wire is spiraled through holes along the side of a stack of paper.  Also called spiral binding.

Color separating
The processes of separating the primary color components (CMYK) for printing.

Comb Binding
Binding paper together with teeth of a flexible plastic comb into holes punched along one of the edges. 

Cover
A term describing a type of paper used for the covers of books, pamphlets, etc., also used for business cards and postcards.

Crop
To reduce the size of an image.

Crop marks
Small printed lines around the edges of a printed piece indicating where it is to be cut out of the sheet. Sometimes referred to as cut marks.

Cyan
A shade of blue used in four-color process printing, the C in CMYK. Also known as process blue.

Die Cutting
The process of cutting paper in a shape or design.

Digital Proof
A proof for emailing or viewing on screen only.

Drill
The drilling of holes into paper for ring or comb binding.

Dull finish
A semi-gloss finish on paper that is less glossy than gloss and more than matte paper.

EPS
Encapsulated Post Script. A standard file format used to transfer postscript formatting information between applications.

FPO
For Position Only; Indicates placement and size in a design, but not intended for final production.

Laid finish
A parallel lined paper that has a handmade look.

Letterpress
Printing that utilizes inked raised surfaces, usually type, to create the image.

Linen
A paper that emulates the look and texture of linen cloth.

Magenta
One of the four process colors, or CMYK, the M is for magenta. Magenta is a predominately red color with some blue. Magenta, cyan and yellow are also the three subtractive primary colors.

Offset printing
The most commonly used printing method, where the printed material does not receive ink directly from a printing plate but from an intermediary blanket that receives the ink from the plate and then transfers it to the paper.

Pagination
The numbering of individual pages in a multi-page document

Perfect Binding
A binding process where the signatures of a book are held together by a flexible adhesive.

PMS
The abbreviation of the Pantone Color Matching System.

Process printing
A system where a color image is separated into different colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black or CMYK) and printed on a printing press, reproducing the original color image.

RGB
The color space of Red, Green and Blue. These are the primary colors of light, which computers use to display images on your screen. An RGB computer file must be translated into the CMYK color space in order to be printed on a printing press.

Rich black
Adding ink colors to black to produce a deep, dark black color.

Saddle stitch
The binding by stapling the pages on the folded spine.

Scoring
To creasing paper to make folding easier. 

Signature
A printed sheet with multiple pages on it that is folded so that the pages are in their proper numbered sequence, as in a book.

Spiral bind
A type of binding where a metal or plastic wire is spiraled through holes drilled along the binding side of a document.

Stock
A term for unprinted paper. See paper type descriptions

Thermography
A printing process whereby slow drying ink is applied to paper and, while the ink is still wet, is lightly dusted with a resinous powder. The paper then passes through a heat chamber where the powder melts and fuses with the ink to produce a raised surface.

UV Coating
A very shiny and durable high gloss coating applied to printed material. Applied as a liquid then cured with ultraviolet light.

Varnish
A clear coating added to printed material as a protective layer for improved scuff resistance and usually higher gloss.

Vellum
A finish of paper that is somewhat bulky and is slightly rough.

Yellow
One of the four process colors of ink, or CMYK. The Y is for yellow.