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Kobe's Rules Book

Susan Watson - Friday, November 24, 2017
This is a great example of thinking outside the box when it comes to print.  Fun illustrations, ink that glows in the dark, custom cutting and more.

Really Awesome Video

Susan Watson - Friday, November 03, 2017
Check out this great video we stumbled across.  Here's a company thinking outside the box when it comes to advertising and signage.


Creating Beed

Susan Watson - Tuesday, August 29, 2017
What is full edge bleed?
Bleed is the term for printing that goes right to the edge of the paper. Printed pieces that have a white border or white around the edges DO NOT have bleed. If you have images or backgrounds that you want to print (bleed) off the edges of the paper then you must design your job larger than the final cut size.

How to create bleed?
We recommend that you make your document 3-5mm larger than the final cut size on all four sides. Make your document size equal to the bleed size for example a business card (90mm x 55mm) with a 3mm bleed will need to be 96mm x 61mm. It may be helpful to place guides or crop marks 3mm in from these edges as this is where the document/card will be trimmed. Anything you want to bleed off the edge of the card must extend past your guides out to the bleed edge.

Why create a bleed?
If you want images or backgrounds to go right to the edge of the paper but do not create bleeds and design your job larger than the final cut size white may show around the edges when your job is cut due to slight movement during the cutting process

Note: keep any important items (such as text) 3mm away from the cut edge to minimise the chance of trimming off by mistake as there is always some movement during the print process.

Kiwis Prefer Paper

Susan Watson - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

It seems that many businesses are trying to do away with paper communications in favour of the digital equivalent. However, a recent international consumer survey of over 7,000 recipients commission by Two Sides found that the majority of consumers in New Zealand and Australia prefer paper over digital communication.

Read the article here

Canvas Stretching Help

Susan Watson - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

There is nothing quite like having your favourite photo printed onto canvas and then stretched over a frame ready for hanging - but if you are preparing your files yourself there are a couple of things to note.

When you prepare your file and want to have the image wrap round the edge of the frame, you have to allow enough image for the edge and a little extra to wrap round the back of the frame.

The frames come in two widths, 20mm or 40mm depth. When supplying your images for printing and stretching you need to make allowance for canvas that is wrapped around the frame. We suggest that you add the depth of the frame (either 20mm or 40mm) plus an extra 10mm that will be on the back. Below is an image that is to be framed on an 40mm A3 frame. The total dimensions are 420+80+20=520mm x 297+80+20=397mm. The light grey indicates the part of the image that will appear on the side of the frame, while the darker gray shows the image that will be on the back of the frame.

Ideally we suggest that you avoid having solid full colour on the frames edge. Because of the stretching process we can't guarantee that the edge will be completely straight and exactly on the frame edge/fold. If your image does not have enough area to wrap on the frame then we suggest that you use your imaging program to create the extra image area. Often it is as easy as creating a reflected component.

Please also ensure that you follow the resolution guidelines on the Wide Format Preparation page to ensure your image is printed at the best quality.

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