30 Great Printing Resources (Part 2)

30 Great Printing Resources (part 2)

Yet More Tips, Tricks & Technical Guides for Getting the Very Best Out of Your Print

Here we continue where we left off in the last post, with the second half of our library of extremely useful print-related resources. These further tips, tricks and technical guides cover things like envelopes, paper sizes, foil blocking, raised print in all its forms, folders, roller banners, variable data printing and why you should use it — and much more. Follow the guides to ensure that you get the very best return on the investment you have made into your printing.

16. Folders

Printed folders come in many shapes and sizes and demonstrate various levels of complexity. Whether used to hold a simple business card or several internal brochures and more, there can often be more to folders than meets the eye. Here’s a handy guide to what’s possible.

17. How to Print Economically

Make the most of your design and printing budget with our handy guide to keeping a lid on printing costs. Here’s how …

18. Roller Banners

Our guide to roller banners – what they are, what they can be used for, sizes, artwork specifications and some examples. Learn more here.

19. Raised Print

If you’d like to add a new dimension to your printing and print something in relief, here’s a handy guide showing how to make your printing stand out.

20. Fonts

Our guide to using fonts in your artwork, including ways to make sure what you design is what you end up printing. Embedding fonts, outlining fonts and more, right here.

21. Printing – Under the Magnifying Glass

Printing under the magnifying glass: our close-up guide to using tints, mixing inks or tints, use of black(s), dot formations and how these differ between litho, digital and large format printing processes. Learn more in this guide.

22. Paper for Printing — A Beginner’s Guide

A beginner’s guide to paper for printing, whether coated, uncoated, recycled, textured or something else. Read our guide here.

23. UK Paper Sizes — A Handy Reference

UK paper sizes – a handy reference. Includes the ISO series of sizes including A sizes (‘A4’ etc.), B, C, D, RA and SRA sizes plus many more. It also includes a few other useful facts that may surprise you. Here’s the guide.

24. Variable Data Printing: for Personalised Print

Variable data and its use in truly personalised printing. Learn all about it here.

25. ‘Print on Demand’ & its Benefits

‘Print on Demand’ – what it is, it’s key benefits, how you can use it to your advantage and where you can get it. Here’s the guide.

26. Everything You’ll Ever Need to Know about Envelopes

Envelopes – our handy guide telling you everything you’ll ever need to know about them – formats, sizes, closure methods, printing them and a whole lot more, right here.

27. Foil Blocking

Foil blocking – a guide to how it’s accomplished, the types of foil finish, cost considerations, foil colours and more. View the guide here.

28. Ten Common Artwork Mistakes to Avoid

Getting a few basic rules right when you prepare your artwork for professional printing will save you both time and money. Here’s what to look out for.

29. Printing with Spot Colours

Our guide to using spot colours in your printing. Why use spot colours, what their benefits are, what printing effects only they can achieve and more, right here.

30. Printing Terms – Jargon Explained

Printers often refer to ‘process printing’, ‘CMYK’, ‘bleed’ and even ‘trapping’. But what do each of these actually mean? Here is our extremely comprehensive jargon buster.

Don’t forget to bookmark these guides — you never know when you might need to look up some technical information relating to design, artwork and printing!

You never know when you’re going to need to refer to one of these useful printing-related resources, so consider bookmarking this page, and Part 1 of course.

About Firstpoint Print

Firstpoint Print publish these useful facts, guides and informational pieces because we really do want you to get the very most out of your printing. Attention to detail and following industry best practice really does help to avoid any nasty surprises. Also, making use of some of the more unusual and innovative finishes and techniques outlined in the guides can make all the difference to your final print outcome, and to how well it stands out from the crowd.

Contact Firstpoint Print if you require any design, artwork, litho printing, digital printing, large format printing or any other print-related services. We are a print supplier with everything in house to give you the very best job, at the most competitive price. Contact your nearest branch: we have 3 Central London branches: Clerkenwell (EC1), Victoria (SW1) and London Bridge (SE1). Click the bold links for more information.