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What is full-bleed?

Full bleed printing refers to when ink extends to the very edge of your page. This is done by including a “bleed” area in your print file that extends off the edge of your printed page. This area is trimmed off after printing, leaving you with a printed product with images and colour the extend to the very edge of your finished piece.

What is CMYK? What about spot colours?

CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. In printing, these four colours can be combined to recreate almost every colour imaginable.

There are some exceptions, however, including metallic and neon tones. For these colours we have spot colours, which are pre-mixed inks that create a specific colour on  your printed product. Another advantage of using spot colours is to ensure colour consistency: some CMYK printing processes will result in slightly different colours than others, but using spot colours will ensure a consistent colour each time.

What is the difference between digital and offset printing?

Without getting into the technical details, the biggest differences in digital and offset printing is in price per piece and quality.

Offset printing typically offers a higher-quality printing, with more solid colour blocks (which is great if you want a solid colour for large pieces like presentation folders). The one drawback to offset is that there is a very high initial cost to prepare the press. This makes offset a poor choice for short-run projects, but a great option for large projects that require many copies of the same thing; once the presses have been set up for your project, subsequent runs cost very little, thus you can bring your average cost per piece down significantly by printing a larger run.

Digital printing has come a long way since its inception and can offer very high-quality printing, especially of photographic images. Each piece is printed individually, so digital printing also has the distinct advantage of being able to include variable data on each piece, making adding names, addresses, and serial numbers a snap. However, since each page is printed individually, your cost per piece is fixed. This makes digital great for short-run projects that can’t quite justify the initial set-up costs for offset.

What does pre-press mean?

Pre-press refers to the process of ensuring your project is properly set up for print, and making changes necessary in order to ensure it prints accurately and efficiently.

Pre-press does NOT necessarily mean checking over your document for typos, so please be thorough in checking over the content of your documents before you send it to us.

What file formats are best for printing text? What about graphics?

Whenever possible, we like to have the original Adobe InDesign Illustrator, or Photoshop files. Having the original, editable files makes it much easier for us to make adjustments if we discover a problem in the pre-press process. For text-containing documents, we also accept high quality PDFs.

Whenever possible, it’s useful to include logos in your documents as vectors rather than as a .JPEG or .PNG. JPEGs were originally created to display the best quality in the smallest file size, which makes them wonderful for use online but less useful in printing. Vector file formats include .SVG and .EPS. Vectors are helpful in printing because they can be reproduced at any size with no loss in quality.

What is a gutter?

Imagine an open book in front of you. The space between the centre/spine of the book and the page text is referred to as the gutter. Different book projects require different gutter widths, depending on the size and thickness of the finished book. The name for the space between the text and the outside edge of the page is called the margin.

What does in-line mean?

In-line refers to adding elements to your printing job that are completed as part of a single printing pass. This includes decorative elements such as varnishes, or dynamic elements like serial numbers. In-line processes are a cost-effective way to add effects to your large-run printing projects.

What coatings are available?

We offer a wide range of coatings, including the standard gloss and matte coatings on many paper stocks. Please contact us for more information.

What is the largest size you can print?

Our wide-format printer is capable of producing documents up to 60″ wide.

Do you offer embossing, die-cutting, foiling, etc.?

If you can think of it, we probably offer it. Check out our Finishing and Bindery Options page for a sampling of what we can do for you. Still not sure? Please feel free to contact us with your specific inquiry.

What is the minimum bleed required for offset printing?

The absolute minimum for full-bleed printing is .125″ (1/8″ or 3mm). More is typically better, ideally around .25″ (1/4″ or 6mm)

Do you print on non-paper mediums (magnets, plastics, cardboard, etc.)?

Yes, we do. Contact us or request a quote for more information.

Is rush printing available?

Rush printing is available for an additional fee. Please contact us for more information. If you’re really in a hurry, call us at 604 681 1301.

Do you actually do all of your printing in-house?

Marine Printers is a proudly local-owned and operated company that does not outsource its productions overseas. All printing is done in-house, though some finishing is outsourced to another local finishing and bindery specialist.

What does FSC Certified mean?

The Forest Stewardship Council is an international certification system for forests and forest products. A FSC endorsement guarantees a product is produced from healthy forests and strong communities. The FSC is supported by WWF Canada, Greenpeace, and the David Suzuki Foundation.

Learn more about our commitment to the environment.

How long has Marine Printers been operating?

Marine Printers has been family-owned and operated in Vancouver since 1935. Learn more about our history.

Who owns Marine Printers?

Marine Printers was originally founded by John A. McKenzie. Today, Marine Printers is still in the capable hands of the third generation of McKenzies — Matt McKenzie and his brother-in-law Bill George.


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Updated on 2015-10-09T05:33:10+00:00, by Marine Printers Team.