Envelopes are available in many different sizes and they all have one thing in common. You lick them to moisten the gum and seal the envelope. That is fine for small quantities at a time but licking 1,000 envelopes his hard on your tongue!
There is an alternative - The self seal envelope. There are two types of self seal envelopes available at Pronto Print. Peel and seal is a term used for adhesive which is exposed by peeling away coated release paper. The envelope flap will adhere without moisture and has an extended shelf life. Envelopes are available in regular, window, security 10 regular, security tent window and catalog.
Flip and seal (self seal) requires no moisture to seal. Simply raise the lower flap and press. The unique double flap design keeps the gum from sticking until you are ready to mail. The envelopes are available in number 10 regular or window. Adhesive has a limited shelf life. These envelopes are easier to use that the peel and seal because there is no strip to remove. If the envelopes are going to be used in three months or less, these are the better choice.
When you need more room or want your envelope to gain attention, choose 6 x 9, 9 x 12 or 10 x 13 mailing envelopes. Specify catalog or booklet style when ordering.
Paper is often broken down into two groups, Uncoated and coated.
Uncoated paper stock is paper that has not been coated with a surface coating. Inks dry by absorbing into the paper. For both offset printing and digital color printing, this paper type can dull the colors that are printed. Uncoated papers are available at Pronto Print in many colors and weights, both smooth and textured. Some of the common types are wove or smooth, laid and linen.
Wove or Smooth — this has a very smooth surface.
Laid — laid paper is created with textured lines on its surface. This finish is seldom used anymore for business stationery like letterhead and envelopes because offices mainly employ laser printers. A rough surface does not go well with a laser printer.
Linen — similar to a laid finish, this paper has textured lines on the surface of the sheet, but they are finer and more regular than those that appear on a laid finish stock. Linen paper is available with what is called an “imaging” surface that is somewhat compatible with laser printers. This paper is also used frequently for business stationery.
The weight of a paper refers to its thickness and is typically measured in pounds such as 20#. The higher the number, the thicker the paper for that “type” of paper. Paper weights in commercial printing can be confusing. For example, a sheet of 28# paper is about the same thickness as a sheet of 70# offset.
There are three general paper categories used to describe the basis weight of a paper: writing, text and cover.
Writing — a letterhead-weight stock, typically 24# or 28# writing, and often has a watermark.
Text — is thicker than a writing paper, but not as stiff as a cover paper (card stock). Text-weight paper is usually a 70#, 80# or 100# text.
Cover — Cover stocks are heavy in weight, rigid and not easily folded. Common weights for cover stocks include: 65#, 80# & 100#,
A paper’s opacity is determined by its weight, ingredients and absorbency. A paper’s opacity determines how much printing will show through on the reverse side of a sheet.
The brightness of a sheet of paper measures the percentage of blue light it reflects. The brightness of a piece of paper is typically expressed on a scale of 1 to 100 with 100 being the brightest. The brightness of a paper affects readability, the perception of ink color and the contrast between light and dark hues. At Pronto Print our laser paper has a brightness of 100.
Coated paper has been coated with a surface sealant, typically clay, to impart certain qualities to the paper, including weight, surface gloss, smoothness or reduced ink absorbency. This allows for cleaner crisper printing, especially in photos, blends and fine details.
Gloss — gloss coated paper has a high sheen. Gloss papers have less bulk and opacity and are typically less expensive than dull & matte paper of equal thickness. Gloss coatings reduce ink absorption, which give the sheet an excellent color definition.
Satin — a satin coating is a less shiny coated finish. It has a lower gloss level than gloss finish, yet a higher gloss level than matte finish. Colors are sharp and vivid.
Matte — a matte coated paper is a non-glossy, flat looking paper with very little sheen. Matte papers are more opaque, contain greater bulk, and are higher in cost. The coating still keeps much of the ink from being absorbed by the paper, which produces excellent, vibrant color.
Digital Copying Compared to Printing
Digital Printing compared to offset
You may ask yourself - "What's better, digital printing or offset?" And our answer is; that’s complicated! So here are the advantages and disadvantages of both.
Offset Printing - An image is transferred, or "offset," from a plate, to a rubber blanket, to the sheet of paper where the ink is applied. Those inks can be a four color process (CMYK) or a combination of Pantone (SPOT) colors. The plate is created on our DPM2340 prior to printing and contains the printed image. Plates are created in separations for the colors being used. For example, if a 4 Color CMYK press is being used, four plates, one for each color is created. Because of the time involved in setup, offset printing is intended for larger runs, with longer turnarounds.
Digital Printing - Images are digitally transferred to paper using lasers, and dry toner. No plates need to be created and varying images can be transferred to paper quickly and efficiently.
Benefits of Digital Printing:
- Fast Turnaround to meet tight deadlines
- Fast Set Up and no Plate Creation
- Less waste
- Variable Data is available
- Because there is no costly set up, digital printing is cheaper for shorter runs
Benefits of Offset Printing:
- Slightly better image quality
- The higher the volume, the less expensive it is to print
- Larger sheet size possible on larger presses
- Quantity - If this is a long run print job with a very high quantity, than offset may be cheaper than digital. Small and medium runs may benefit from digital as there is no set up.
- Turnaround - Digital will always be faster, and can help you meet deadlines. Offset printing will take longer, mainly because of press setup and plate creation.
- Paper Selection - Digital copiers max out at 100# cover while offset can go with heavier stock. Offset presses also offer larger sheet sizes.
When it comes time to have a large volume of printed images, Pronto Print's skills in offset printing are the solution. If you need to reach everyone in town with a direct mail piece the efficiency of offset printing is the answer. If you need multipart forms for invoicing or a work order we are the answer. If you need a full color postcard to reach out to clients we offer the answer. If you need a full color newsletter printed folded and tabbed for mailing we are the answer. Put simply - If you have an idea and it involves a piece of paper, Pronto Print has an answer.
A car dealership needing to reach all of North Central Kansas with a newspaper insert will find a solution at Pronto Print. A school district needing to reach out to every home in the area will be served by Pronto Print. A salesperson wanting to reach a specific market efficiently and with a well designed explanation of services can find a solution at Pronto Print. No matter what type of printing project you have in mind, we will provide an answer for you. From simple needs such as business cards to complicated bound documents, we can satisfy your expectations.
Here is a basic list of the items that we can produce for you here at Pronto Print:
Banners, black print or single color copies, full color copies, brochures, bumper stickers, business cards, buttons, calendars, carbonless forms, comb and coil bound books, custom Post-It sticky notes, envelopes, flyers, greeting cards, invitations, labels, laser checks, lamination, letterheads, menus, newsletters, notepads, pocket folders, posters, presentation handouts, press kits, resumés, rubber and self-inking stamps, stapled booklets, stickers… basically anything you need!
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