and post-consumer recycled content
A recycled-content product is an item that contains recovered materials. Recovered
materials are wastes that have been diverted from conventional disposal such
as landfills for another use. Recovered materials include both pre-consumer
and post-consumer wastes. Pre-consumer materials are generated by manufacturers
and processors, and may consist of scrap, trimmings and other by-products that
were never used in the consumer market. Post-consumer material is an end product
that has completed its life cycle as a consumer item and would otherwise have
been disposed of as a solid waste. Post-consumer materials include recyclables
collected in commercial and residential recycling programs. Recycled-content
products may contain some pre-consumer waste, some post-consumer waste or both.
A product does not have to contain 100 percent recovered materials to be considered “recycled,” but
clearly the higher the percentage of recycled content, the greater the amount
of waste that is diverted from disposal. All papers today have recycled-content.
There are three standard finishes: gloss, matte and uncoated as described below:
Paper with a surface similar to that of a glossy photograph or light magazine
cover making photographs stand out and look rich. Excellent for full-colour
Paper that exhibits low gloss and high ink holdout. Popular for brochures,
flyers, newsletters, posters and catalogs that require high-quality colour
reproduction. The paper is glare-free with minimal paper gloss, making
it a great choice when there is alot of text. It is superior to that of
Smooth finish paper with no coating, glare-free paper with the ability to take
pen or pencils. An absorbent and fast drying paper, ideal for projects
requiring no patterned or solid background. Well-suited for halftone reproductions.
This uncoated surface stock is guaranteed safe for desktop laser printing
and copying. Popular for calendars, catalogs and newsletters.
and coverstock weights
The short answer is that 500 sheets of bond paper with a size of 17" by
22" have a weight of 20 pounds. The manufacturer would cut a sheet into
four letter-size sheets, so a 500-sheet ream of 20-pound bond paper weighs
5 pounds. If it was something other than bond paper, then the size of the standard
sheet used to determine the weight might be different. For example, coverstock
is heavier and its standard sheet size is 22.5" by 28.5". In general,
the more a sheet of a certain grade of paper weighs, the thicker it is. The
metric system has a much better way of measuring paper. There are generally
three types of papers for three distinct purposes: Text papers, bond or writing
papers and coverstock.
Also known as book or offset papers, text paper can have a coated or uncoated
finish. These thinner, lightweight papers are often used for publication
interiors, and sell sheets to name a few.
Bond or writing papers are used for letterheads and must be able to run through
office copy machines and laser printers. The most commonly recognized bond
or writing stocks are: 20lb bond - this standard weight paper is equivalent
to 50lb text. 24lb bond, a preferred weight for most business papers like letterhead
and is equivalent to 60lb text.
Coverstocks are heavy in weight, rigid and not easily folded. They are generally
used for publication covers, business cards and postcards. They have a
coated, gloss or matte finish. Common weights for coverstocks include:
65lb - A lightweight, uncoated coverstock
80lb - The next heavier weight, coated or uncoated coverstock
100lb - Mid-weight coated coverstock
For pop-up and large banners, we use a no-tear flexible plastic material. For
posters and most drymount signage we use a gloss paper. Other materials are
available, please contact us. Printed using Eco-Solvent Digital Printing Technology,
which provides photographic quality on all media for indoor as well as outdoor
without lamination. Available on a variety of substrates, including: vinyl,
coated paper, transparencies (backlit films), labels and plastic.
stands for Red, Green and Blue. These colours are used for digital
cameras, scanners, computer monitors and TV screens. Files must be
converted from RGB to CMYK when printing on a digital press. CMYK
stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black and are the ink colours
used in the print process. Printing with these four colours is often
referred to as full-colour or 4-colour printing.
If you are wanting the colour to go to the trimmed edge of your printed piece
one important custom printing term to know is a bleed. Bleed refers to an extra
.125” / 7mm of image that extends beyond the trim area of your printed
piece. To accommodate a bleed, we print the bleed larger than the final trim
size. Bleeds require more paper and production time.
is your safe area?
The safe area or inner margin in which to keep all important file elements,
and to prevent them from being trimmed off, should be at least .25” /
8mm inside the edge of the final trim size.
4 / 4 = Full colour both sides
4 / 1 = Full colour one side, black the other
4 / 0 = Full colour one side only
1 / 1 = Black one side, black the other
1 / 0 = Black one side only