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Creative Tablet Printing Guidelines

Creative Tablet Printer Guidelines

Printing is the one thing you need to get right or it can cost you a lot of money and possibly a lost client. A lot of design software have set-ups to make sure it is correct, but you need to do some extra homework first.

1. Talk to the printer to find out their capabilities.
2. If your software has pre-press use it.
3. Check with the printer for maximum color capabilities.4. Choose eco-paper to use unless the client specifies one.
5. Use standard paper sizes unless client requests different.
6. Talk to the printer abut your project to be sure their are no issues.

heidelberg-printing-pressThis is a picture of a typical printing press for a small printer

If using a real (non-internet) printer you should ask:
1. What type of printing inks? Low VOC, green compliant (soy, vegetable, etc.), etc.
2. Ask about the optimum press size and standard formats to avoid waste.
3. What type of proofs do they provide? Blueprints, computer copy, etc.
4. Do they have a stock ink instead of a special order to save money.
5. Do they have samples of previous work – if you have not worked with them before.
6. Is the project outsourced on done on-site?

If possible take a trip to the printers shop and see how things are done. It will give you a better sense of what they do and what you need to do to get it right.

You may think that some of these questions are not helpful and that is OK. Ask the ones that are related to your project, but be sure that you understand the answers.

Some printers may not like a lot of questions. If not, go somewhere else. Anyone that wants your business will answer every question to your satisfaction.

I have dealt with many printers in the past and learned a lot by going and talking to them in person. Today there are so many new techniques that it can be overwhelming if you don’t have a plan for the project. Plan and plan again.

John
The Creative Tablet

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