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The First 4 Printing elves will be putting their jingly little feet up from 1pm on Friday 23rd December to Tuesday 3rd January. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Make your business stand out with our fantastic range of roll up displays, now on offer! Don’t miss out – get in touch with us today!

The countdown is on for Christmas so why don’t you stay on top of it and avoid last minute stress by getting your Christmas cards design and printed now. Why not add a personal touch with a family photo for the front cover and your own message printed inside?

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Die cutting is used in a wide range of printed products as a way to make them look more interesting. There are endless ways you can incorperate die cut patters into your business products. Thinking of getting new business cards for a restaurant? Why not make them in the shape of a burger?

If you’re unsure how die cutting will work with your products give us a call, we would be more than happy to discuss ideas with you.

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Make a big impact with our new mini roll up displays.  Available in both A3 and A4 sizes. Crafted from durable, anodised aluminium, our mini roll up displays are easy to transport and set up, making them ideal for exhibitions, reception areas, retail environments and point of sale (POS) displays.  All prices quoted for our mini roll up displays include printing on our premium 225gsm lightstop material with full colour ink coverage.

 

 

Paper is usually in many forms known professionally as ‘stock’. You can only determine the best paper for your project when you know the different types of paper stock available as outlined below. Take note of the different types and the suitability of each for your project.

Coated Paper

This kind of paper as the title suggests, has a type of coating on it that is usually made of china clay and is used to produce a silky finish. Coated paper also has some glossy finish that may be silky or matt and is best suited for projects requiring a fine finish. This is the reason why coated paper is also referred to as art paper and is the finest example of this paper stock. It is the paper that is used to print leaflets, menus, pamphlets and brochures that are so common in your mail advertising all manner of products and services.

Uncoated Paper

Clearly, this is paper that does not have the china clay coating or glossy finish on them. They are not as smooth as the coated papers, as it has a slightly grainy texture to it This is the most common form of paper found in your local stationery supplier and is ideal for use in laser printers and photocopiers. It is also the preferred paper type for business stationery and is widely used for this purpose. Uncoated paper is becoming more and more popular for the printing of prestigious brochures and catalogues for companies who want to give a more natural feel to their image but without the expense of recycled material, and for this reason its the best alternative for the coated art paper. This category of paper type is also available in several varieties such as:

Laid paper

This is premium quality paper that is often textured in patterns such as parallel lines. Some of these patterns are handmade and this is the choicest paper for business stationery and gives it an air of prestige and class.

Wove paper

This is also premium quality paper like the laid paper but they lack the textured or ribbed patterns found in laid paper. This paper is also widely used for business stationery. It is however not as classy as the laid paper when it comes to business stationery.

Bond paper: This is the most common type of uncoated paper and is readily found in many offices, big and small. It is known as the economical paper or uncoated wove paper. This is the paper type commonly used for your fax machines or photocopiers.

Recycled

Recycled material is as it states, made from renewable of re-usable paper pulp. There are many different types of recycled material including part recycled and fully recycled. Usually the higher the percentage that the paper has been recycled the more likely it is to become off white. High-white material is normally down to the fact its been highly manufactured and paper fibres are bleached to obtain the highest white colour possible. Most recycled material resembles an off white, but this is not detrimental to the finished product, the only enhances its ‘sustainable’ qualities. Moreover though Recycled paper is more expensive than others.

Digital printing ‘on demand’ has revolutionised the industry and changed the way businesses promote themselves. It’s responsible for slashing the cost of printing, reducing turnaround times, practically eliminating wastage and enabling businesses to approach customers with highly targeted (and therefore highly effective) marketing messages.

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Until only a few years ago, full colour printing was expensive. Most of the expense was down to the time consuming and costly process of setting up a traditional ‘lithographic’ printing press. These set-up costs meant that it simply wasn’t economical to print a few copies of a document, economies of scale dictated that you had to order in bulk: usually many hundreds or even many thousands of copies.

The lengthy set-up process also meant that delivery schedules would typically be around a couple of weeks. If you ran out of an important document you had a long wait ahead of you so most people ordered far more than they needed… just in case. As a result, stock rooms were often overflowing with dusty, out-of-date literature only fit for the recycling bin. Luckily those days are over. Welcome to the brand spanking new world of digital print!

Conventional lithographic printing still has its uses, once the lengthy set-up process has been completed; the cost per copy is much lower than digital processes, making litho ideal for longer runs. However, most companies have now woken up to the benefits of on demand printing and rarely opt for massive print runs. Instead, they use the services of a digital print specialist like us to produce little but often, refining, updating and tailoring their messages as they go.

First4Printing.com can print all kinds of shapes and sizes of projects depending on the customers needs. Sometimes it can be hard to decide what printing product will work best for you. To help you visualise different paper sizes we have a guide shown below.

standard_paper_sizesThis will give you a visual explanation of how the sizes relate to each other – an A5 is half of A4 size paper, A2 is half of A1 size paper and so on. These are called A sizes and a generally used for printing and stationary.

It is important to know which size you are ordering as A5 is perfect for a leaflet or flyer but wouldn’t be appropriate for a poster or large display. It is really important to us at First4Printing.com that you get the right product to benefit your business or organisation. Of course we are happy to chat through all the options to make sure we get the right design, size and type of printed product for you.

At First4printing.com we have just printed our latest Sign and Display Brochure with details of lots of the quality products we print. Here are the brochures hot off the printing press ready to get put together.

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Our Sign and Display Brochure will go through all our quality checks before we unleash it to the public. We scrutinise every print job, checking and double-checking to ensure that the design is optimised.  We proof colours, margins, typography and content to eliminate errors and maximise the impact of the final product.  It is this attention to detail and perfectionist approach that gives us the edge.

For more information on Printing Brochures and Booklets get in touch with First4printing.com

T: 02870 354646

E: info@first4printing.com.

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