Presentation Folder is an innovative wholesale print provider based in Southern California. Proudly printing, foil stamping and embossing for over 45 years. Your favorite source for custom presentation folders and now packaging, boxes, and much more. Presentation Folder Inc. is a 3rd generation family run business with over 45 years of national manufacturing experience and hard earned industry knowledge, which allows us to offer an impressive and complete line of presentation folders, boxes & folded cartons, custom digital and offset printing, lamination and uv coatings, and various digital print enhancements including Raised UV and Digital Foil.
We recently acquired two Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1e presses. Read on for information about this cutting-edge digital inkjet technology, updates on record production time, and our new product offerings.
What is Digital Inkjet Technology?
Digital Inkjet technology is significantly faster than offset or aqueous inkjet printing because it requires no set up time. The ink dries instantly, so no time is wasted between prints for drying. The KM-1e offers improved image quality, so prints stay crisp at a high resolution.
Is Digital Printing Different than Offset Printing?
Digital Printing is quite different than offset printing. Offset printing uses plates and wet ink, which requires setup and drying time. Because of the setup and drying time, offset is very expensive for one-off, custom projects that need to be done quickly and in small quantities. Offset is much better for large print orders that need to be repeated every few months. Digital printing is a perfect complement to offset because it is fast and very affordable in short quantities. Digital Printing is great for custom projects, pop-up events, and boutique orders. With the KM-1, we are able to offer affordable custom prints without compromising quality.
Variable Data Capability
Variable Data is a term used to describe printed products with one text change, most commonly different names on company business cards. Digital printing makes variable data effortless, allowing us the capability to print variable data at an affordable price! Variable Data is great for name changes on custom invitations, business cards, postcards, and greeting cards.
2 KM-1 Presses for Double the Production Time
We acquired not just one but two KM-1 presses for double the production time. This allows us to offer a variety of printed products at record breaking production time. We offer two super fast presentation folder options: folders available to ship within the same day of ordering, and folders available to ship within 24 hours of ordering. Those are some fast pocket folders! Additionally, we offer custom printed posters available to ship within the same day you place your order, and posters available to ship within 24 hours of placing your order.
Custom Posters and Signs Printed Digitally on the KM-1.
Our Custom Posters and Signs are printed digitally on the KM-1, which allows us to print B2 sizes on the highest quality UV inks and offer short run quantities at an affordable price. Adding posters and signs to your print repertoire is more important now than ever throughout Covid-19 and beyond.
Covid-19 Posters and Signs
Posters and Signs are a great way to provide key information, instructions, and protocol with eye catching visual design. With social distancing in place, large informational posters are more important than ever: they can be read at a distance and provide concise information about Covid-19 protocols, sales or promotions, or anything else that may need to be broadcast in a public space.
UV Ink and Short Run Printing
Because UV Ink dries instantly, your posters and signs are ready to ship or pickup as soon as they are printed. Quick drying ink combined with a stunning resolution of 1200 x 1200 DPI (dots per inch) ensures the highest standard with no extra production time — our custom posters and signs are printed at exceptional quality in record time.
With variable data options and a low minimum quantity per order, unique short run printing is easy and convenient for you and your clients. Custom posters and signs start at quantities of 25.
Free Samples and Quote Requests
We offer free samples to showcase the strength of these prints. You can place a free sample request online at our website. You can also request a quote online at the following link. Ready to place your order? Ordering custom posters online has never been easier! Place an order now.
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Presentation Folder Inc.’s new gluing equipment enables us to create custom packaging with ease. Let’s walk through some of our packaging highlights and explore why this product is a must-offer to your clients.
Custom Packaging affords a unique, luxury feel that is brand-consistent. It is commonly used in a variety of industries, especially those with smaller sized products. Specifically, custom packaging is ubiquitous among the Cosmetic & Beauty industry, Cannabis & CBD industry, Home Electronics, Small Kitchen Appliances, Candles and Soap, Jewelry, Candy and Chocolate, Artisan Food and Beverage, Beer and Liquor, Pets, Toys, Pharmaceutical, Office and Stationary, and Restaurants. Our Custom Packaging can be uniquely tailored to your client’s industry, allowing their brand to showcase their products and stand out above competition.
Custom Print Embellishments
Custom Print Embellishments add interesting design elements to any custom box, box sleeve, or package. With our state of the art Scodix Digital Press, adding Raised UV and Digital Foil to packaging products is a breeze. Paired with specialty lamination, our printed custom packaging has lasting tactile effects.
Raised UV is a specialty finishing process in which a raised, spot gloss is applied to a print to highlight specific artwork areas: logos, type, images, and background patterns are all great choices for an application of Raised UV.
Digital foil works the same way as Raised UV, but instead adds a layer of foil over the elevated UV coating. The result is a similar effect to traditional foil stamping with embossing, without the indent on the other side of the page and without the hassle and cost of a custom die and setup time! More information about Raised UV and Digital Foil.
We offer hot foil stamp and embossing too! Our expansive equipment allows us to offer competitive pricing on a variety of finishing options.
Low Minimum Quantities
Our cutting-edge KM-1 press allows us to print digitally and offer low minimum quantities on Custom Packaging. Low minimum quantities are a great way to send your clients custom samples, and are attractive for unique marketing events such as pop-up events, limited-time products, seasonal-specific products, and more. Take advantage of low minimum quantities by visiting our website to learn more.
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Digital Inkjet Technology allows for Premium Short-Run Printing at Affordable Prices
B2 Size with Digital Printing
We offer custom posters in the following sizes: 18″ x 24″ / 20″ x 28″ / 22″ x 28″
All posters are printed digitally using our latest installment, the Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1. The digital press rivals offset presses in image quality, color, and glossiness. Moreover, it is specifically adept for variable data at no extra charge, making each print uniquely tailored to your client. We are forecasting variable data as a top printing trend for 2021 and years to come. It is imperative to add custom posters with variable data to your printing repertoire. Posters will help you stand out to clients by offering custom printing without sacrificing cost. Additionally, all of our KM-1 products use UV Inks.
UV Ink dries immediately, meaning that your products will be available to ship or pickup in record production time. Printed posters on the KM-1 are also able to achieve a print resolution of 1200 x 1200 DPI (dots per inch). This means that not only will you be able to offer clients the speed and customization of variable data at high-speed production times, the quality of the prints you can offer has never been better. Combined with our affordable short-run quantities, posters are only going to increase in popularity.
Short-Run Prints at Affordable Prices
Short-Run printing is a must-have when it comes to custom posters with variable data. It fits the unique styles of boutique businesses today: whether it be the fashion, merchandising, makeup, herbal, cannabis, music, or food industries, pop-up events are more popular than ever. And this requires event-specific print.
Clients will utilize short-run printed posters for marketing and brand reinforcement specific to their event needs. For example, ordering posters in quantities of 10, 25, or 50 will allow them to uniquely showcase their brand specific to the feeling of an event: be it a pop-up event, tradeshow, exhibition, showroom, gala, or celebration. Offering clients custom printed posters for their specific event will highlight your unique print offerings while also encouraging print tailored directly to their marketing needs. With Presentation Folder as your supplier, we make this fantasy a practical and affordable choice.
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Our annual update on print trends: what’s new, what is back in style, and what to look out for in 2021.
Short-Run printing projects are the new normal. With our addition of the premiere Konica Minolta (KM-1) digital press combined with our Scodix Ultra Pro, short-run printing is easier and more affordable than ever. Likewise, short-Run printing affords unique, luxury printing to a variety of products. This year we have already seen an uptick in demand for short-run printedposters and signs.
Short-Run printing affords clients unique products that fit their specific needs practically on-demand. Being able to offer clients affordable short-run printing will allow for more diverse print offerings and faster turnaround time. Significantly, adding short-run printing to your product list will allow you to cater to a variety of print needs, provide branding for pop-up and impromptu events, and encourage your clients to push branding materials for timely and event-specific events.
Coupled with Short-Run printing, offering personalized prints with variable data is a must. Given that the more personalized the print, the more effective the impression it makes, variable data is more important than ever. Premium digital technology ensures that adding variable data to a printing project is hassle-free and seamlessly integrated, at no extra cost. Adding variable data to your print repertoire pairs well with short-run printing as it encourages the one-off promotional materials your clients are looking for. Moreover, it pushes site-specific, event-specific, and time-specific print: invitations, business cards, packaging, posters, signs, folders, and postcards lend themselves well to spontaneous events. Notably, variable data ensures lasting impressions from the get-go, adding a personalized touch to make sure everyone that interacts with your print feels special.
Digital Foil and Raised UV
While we know that Digital Foil and Raised UV are not new print phenomena, over the years we have only seen spikes in the demand for these specialty offline processes. Pairing well with short-run orders, digital foil and raised UV seamlessly integrate variable data into any project. Digital Foil adds all the sophistication of traditional foil stamp without any of the extra costs for die and setup time. Similarly, Raised UV adds a textural dimension to any print with the ease of digital technology.
Pairing the two together creates lasting tactile and visual effects, while maintaining the elegance of timeless, refined print. In 2021, it is necessary to offer this to clients to maintain print relevance, and with our Scodix Ultra Pro the offer is easier than ever. Explore our stock textures and UV patterns, or watch our tutorial series to show clients how to make their own custom UV designs using vector artwork.
We ended 2020 battling a global pandemic, doing our best to offer hospitals and essential businesses the prints they need in hard times: social-distancing signs, floor stickers, vaccine packaging, and hospital ID badges.We thank everyone who worked hard to get us through 2020. We look forward to the challenges and surprises 2021 will bring, knowing that with the emergence of digital technology, the resilience of our employees and clients, and the creative innovation of those all around us, the print possibilities are endless.
We are thrilled to announce Presentation Folder’s latest digital press installment with Konica Minolta technology. Innovation has always been a critical part of our vision, and the revolutionary AccurioJet KM-1 allows us to offer an amazing solution for short-run printing and meet the latest production demands – all while better serving the unique needs of you & your customers.
We are thrilled to announce Presentation Folder’s latest digital press installment with Konica Minolta technology. Innovation has always been a critical part of our vision, and the revolutionary AccurioJet KM-1 allows us to offer an amazing solution for short-run printing and meet the latest production demands – all while better serving the unique needs of you & your customers. Read more for an outline of the benefits of this press and why it will bring you even better prints at lower prices.
UV Ink dries instantly, which completely eliminates time consuming processes such as permeation of the paper with solvents and drying. Additionally, UV Inks ensure that paper waviness is minimized. Our new KM-1 ensures outstanding registration accuracy and high-quality printing, all with fast turnaround time and exceptional color with our UV ink capability.
Short Run Printing
This cutting-edge digital print technology doesn’t require plates or set up time, making short run printing easy and affordable. This is great if you are looking to order custom samples to show a client, or just need a job with a quantity under 50. This is very common for printed presentation products like invitations, custom posters, business cards, and more.
High-Quality Image Resolution
The KM-1 is able to full color print high resolution images at 1,200 x 1,200 dpi. This ensures that any full color print with imagery– whether it be presentation folders, business cards,invitations,greeting cards, or large format posters— is printed at the highest caliber resolution, from the first print to the last. We are excited to offer a new array of products and even lower prices and faster turnaround time on our current presentation products. Stay tuned for more product updates and initiatives following our implementation of the KM-1. This is truly revolutionary digital inkjet printing. The print possibilities are endless!
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This is the second post in our current series on designing print-ready Raised UV Files. For this tutorial, we will be going over a workflow to highlight fine details and very small shapes in an image. These details would take hours to draw by hand, so we will create custom vector shapes using Illustrator’s Image Trace tool.
Raised UV Design Tutorial Series, Part 2 Featuring Image Trace
This is the second post in our current series on designing print-ready Raised UV Files. In our first post, we broke down, step-by-step workflow for a simple, custom Raised UV design. The first post featured thick Raised UV shapes to highlight certain areas of an image using Adobe Illustrator’s pen tool to create custom vectors. For this tutorial, we will be going over a workflow to highlight fine details and very small shapes in an image. These details would take hours to draw by hand, so we will create custom vector shapes using Illustrator’s Image Trace tool. This tutorial is perfect for details like: bubbles, dots on a basketball, ocean foam, condensation, or any design that has complex shapes or a multitude of very small shapes that you may want to highlight with Raised UV.
Raised UV is an offline process that adds a layer of uv polymer to a printed marketing product like business cards, presentation folders, posters, and invitations. At Presentation Folder, we have the finest Raised UV technology available with the Scodix digital press. Raised UV is a stunning effect to add to any printed marketing tool because it adds a textural element and allows graphic elements to lift off the page. Because Raised UV is a transparent, colorless coating, it adds texture without crowding the image or overwhelming a design. With Presentation Folder’s premiere Scodix capabilities, short run printing and variable data become easy and affordable. For more information about Raised UV products, you can visit our website.
2. On the website’s main navigation bar, select the “Resources” tab on the right-hand side and click the arrow to drop down all the options. Choose “Templates” then “Raised UV Textures.”
3. Choose a texture template to start (The Parquet Texture is used in the tutorial) by clicking “Download Template” underneath the Parquet Texture option.
4. Your download will open in a new window, but be sure to save to your desktop or wherever you will be accessing your project files.
Open the Raised UV Template in Illustrator
5. Once you have saved the template, open the template in Adobe Illustrator.
6. Review your template by going through “Layers” tab. You will see one of the layers is a magenta folder titled “Raised UV.” The magenta layer helps keep all Raised UV elements organized, visually distinguishes between the Raised UV and CMYK portions of the print artwork. This distinction is extremely important for designing print-ready Raised UV files, as it allows our machines to distinguish between design elements.
7. You can remove the parquet texture from your template, start from scratch and add your own raised UV design elements. For this tutorial, we will delete the texture to create our design. The folder file should look like this before you start designing your CMYK artwork.
Add your CMYK Artwork
8. Import the CMYK (color) artwork elements to your template. In this tutorial, we use our “Soda Bubbles” folder artwork.
9. Once you finish your CMYK artwork it is time to start adding Raised UV artwork to highlight your unique design elements. you begin on marking the artwork, be sure to have the “Raised UV” Layer folder clicked on the right-hand side, while you work. You will be creating new layers under the “Raised UV” Layer folder as you design. For this tutorial, we will be highlighting the carbonation on the ice cubes and in the soda image.
Setting up Images for Custom Raised UV artwork
10. To use the image trace function we have to take the image from the CMYK folder and duplicate it. You can click directly on your image and copy (Ctrl+C) and paste in place (Shift+Ctrl+V). You want the duplicate image to be perfectly aligned with the original image so that when we convert the duplicate to a Raised UV file, the registration perfectly aligns with the original.
11. Lock the original image in the CMYK Layers Section. Staying in the Layers section, move the duplicate image from the CMYK Layers to the Raised UV Layers. You should now be able to see the original image in the CMYK section and its duplicate in the Raised UV section, as seen in the image below.
Using the Image Trace Function in Illustrator
12. Rasterize the duplicate image by going to Illustrator’s top navigation bar, clicking the “Object” dropdown menu, and “Rasterize.”
13. Create a vector trace of the image by selecting the “Object” dropdown menu and hovering over “Image Trace,” and clicking “Make and Expand.”
14. From here, click Illustrator’s direct selection tool to see the vector you have created. Then, switch the fill and stroke color options so that you can see the shapes you’ve made as filled in.
15. Toggle the CMYK artwork layer to be invisible so you can see what your shapes look like once you have swapped fill and stroke. It should look something like this.
Fine Tuning Details and adding Creative Nuance
16. Toggle the CMYK artwork back to being visible and make the Raised UV vector the color “Magenta,” so that you can see that it is the Raised UV color and to provide a visible contrast to the CMYK artwork.From here, you can fine tune the details and add some nuance to your Raised UV Design. The first thing I did is deleting the rectangular border around the vector, using the delete key on the keyboard.
17. Swap the Fill and Stroke on any large shapes that would look good filled in. The first place I noticed to do this was on the large ice cube shape on the right hand side.
18. The last fine details I want to add are highlighting the empty space between the ice cubes along the brown soda line. I do this with the pen tool. If you are unfamiliar with the pen tool, we cover it in a full video which you can view here. Another thing I do to add dimension to the Raised UV design is outline bubbles in the corners of the image that were missed when I did the image trace. I use the ellipse tool to do this. To follow along this tutorial with the accompanying video to this tutorial and to see more in-depth detail work, click this link.
Save your File
13. SAVE YOUR FILE. We accept many file forms, see here. We suggest either an Adobe Illustrator (.ai) or a print-ready PDF file. Visit our site to learn more! https://presentationfolder.com/
And you are done!
You can see the fine details we were able to achieve using the Image Trace function. These details add a unique, fully custom Raised UV texture over our branding image that leaves lasting effects.
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2. Stunning Artwork Possibilites
Raised UV & Raised Foil create memorable tactile experiences on presentation folders, business cards, post cards, and other printed items. Typically, Raised UV is added like other spot coatings to logos, images, or anything else that a brand would like to highlight on its marketing materials.
It’s capable of very fine lines and detail, and achieves perfect registration by using image-recognition technology where 4 cameras take a picture of every sheet to adjust if needed.
Adding one of our Raised UV textures is an easy way to incorporate this print embellishment into your design. Raised UV textures produce amazing print results, and create a natural spotlight for important design elements. Add Raised Foil over the top of the texture as a way to further highlight your logo or other important text – the possibilities are endless!
3. Affordable for Short Runs
Raised UV & Raised Foil both are digital print processes which allow for significant cost savings on short run print projects. These processes do not require any screens or dies to be created, and require minimal set-up time. Together, this allows for significant cost savings when compared to traditional finishing methods.
4. Variable Data Capability
Historically, printing variable data has been extremely expensive and painstaking – not to mention variable data with foil. Traditional die costs and set up time with variable data foil is too expensive to even consider. Our Scodix Ultra Pro has allowed us to print custom variable data foil postcards, business cards, presentation folders, and more.
Raised Foil not only gives a metallic shine to printed products, its variable data capability can make targeted customer names stand out above other design elements, giving targeted consumers even more reason to pay attention to the promotional product.
Variable Data Foil is a great marketing tool for direct mail campaigns, postcards, greeting cards, invitations, presentation products, and much more. Having custom names specific to the client that is receiving printed materials is a huge advantage over generic marketing products. Consumers are more likely to pay attention to products that have their name printed on the materials than not.
Whether you’re a commercial printer, marketing / design firm, print broker, promotional product specialist, or a print reseller, being able to offer Raised UV and Raised Foil as a part of your print repertoire gives you a competitive edge. These specialty finishes enhance traditional print design, and allow for complete customization – your clients can customize their print with variable data and control over how light or dense these coatings come, making each print a truly unique product.
By choosing to partner with Presentation Folder Inc. as your wholesale manufacturer, you will be able to offer clients an impressive variety of printing techniques, aqueous coatings & laminations, and premium print embellishments including Raised UV and Raised Foil.
Variable Data Foil is a great marketing tool for mail-outs, postcards, presentation products, and more. Having custom names specific to the client that is receiving printed materials is a huge advantage over generic marketing products. Consumers are more likely to pay attention to products that have their name printed on the materials than not. Historically, printing variable data has been extremely expensive and painstaking, not to mention variable data with foil. Tradtional die costs and set up time with variable data foil is too expensive to even consider. Luckily, our Scodix Ultra Pro has allowed us to print custom variable data foil postcards, business cards, presentation folders, and more, allowing us to offer more options for marketing optimization to clients.
Raised Foil not only gives a metallic shine to printed products, its variable data capability can make targeted customer names stand out above other design elements, giving targeted consumers even more reason to pay attention to the promotional product. Visit our website to request a custom quote on variable foil postcards today.
Foil Stamping + Embossing Vs. Digital Raised Foil: The Right Fit For you
In our most recent posts, we have been focusing on the innovative technology currently involved in the print industry, however, we don’t often walk through comparisons between traditional print methods and digital print methods. Each process is very different and achieves different tactile and visual effects on presentation folders, business cards, and more. This piece will focus on primary differences between foil stamping + embossing and digital printed raised foil coating. Both are finishing processes implemented to highlight design areas, most commonly logos and branding. Read more to learn about key differences between foil stamping + embossing and digital raised foil coating. It is important to learn these differences in order to determine which process will best fit your marketing materials and brand identity.
Traditional foil stamping + embossing has a classic look and feel and can add personal touch to any custom presentation folder. Most commonly, we see traditional foil stamping + embossing utilized on our in-house dark linen stocks, as we don’t recommend printing ink colors on those stocks. Foil stamping on dark linen stock is a simple and affordable way to showcase your brand, as the metallic shine of the foil contrasts with the matte weave of the linen. These pocket folders are great for office organization, presentations, and report covers. They can be used in a variety of fields including: accounting, real estate, legal, banking, medical, and more.
Foil stamping and embossing on presentation folders does come with certain limitations we would like to mention here as well. The larger the area the more expensive the die will cost, as well as the set up time to ensure perfect registration. It will also have a longer production time to account for ordering and acquiring the die for the folder design. Moreover, embossing can only push up into the stock so far so not to compromise it, as well as leaving an indent on the back side of the paper. When a folder has embossing on the front cover, you can see the impression on the other side when you open the folder.
Embossing must be done on high quality paper, which can be an additional cost. Because the set up time and die costs are generally one-time costs, ordering these pocket folders in large quantities makes the price per unit decrease significantly, and becomes an affordable and customizable option. Ordering tax folders, report covers, or other folders on dark linen stock with foil stamping + embossing in short quantities, however, might not be the most cost effective option for you and your clients.
For short orders looking to make high impact, we recommend implementing digital raised foil to complete your folder design. This metallic spot coating is printed with our Scodix® Sense press, and comes with a variety of customization options. We recommend that you use 10% coverage or less of the coating, and implement our capability of variable data and variable density options. This means that your client can have full control to customize their pocket folders to achieve a memorable tactile design that is completely unique to their brand. Raised foil folders are great for short runs because there is no extra cost for dies or set up times, and the effects can be breathtaking. Because there are no dies involved, the production time is much quicker. Moreover, raised foil can be incorporated on any kind of coated stock, and works well with printed ink colors. Raised foil is not pushed up into the stock in the way that foil + emboss is, rather it is a thick polymer UV coating with a foil layer over it. Because it does not compromise the integrity of the stock, raised foil can be applied to an array of coated stocks, allowing you to save money on paper cost if needed. This is a significant difference between embossing and raised foil coating, as embossing pushes into the back of the paper in order to achieve the raised look. Embossing produces a visible indent on the back of the sheet which converts to the inside of the folder or the back of a business card. Because Raised Foil is applied only to the front surface of the sheet, it will not make any indentations on the back of the stock, leaving the design of the inside of the folder clean and untouched. You can see an example of a business card with Foil Stamp and Embossing on the front and the indent on the back in the image below.
While the overall differences of raised foil coating and traditional foil stamping + embossing are apparent, it is ultimately the aesthetic and tactile difference that matters in terms of brand identity and presentation products. Knowing the difference and having both to offer can help you fully promote a client’s brand. To see and feel the differences between these two metallic finishing options, request samples of both here!
We at Presentation Folder Inc. are committed to serving your unique needs and look forward to working with you to continue building a better folder. We offer the following products online but can work with you to quote and print other presentation products.
There are many benefits to Scodix printed Raised Foil and UV Coating. We love to mention the noticeable tactile and visual effects, the efficiency of short runs, and hassle-free variable data. One thing we don’t often mention, however, is that these capabilities offer a steep competitive edge.
Raised UV and Raised Foil is new, exciting, and offers a cost-efficient unique aesthetic to business cards,presentation folders,postcards,and more. Digital printing is spearheading technological trends in the print industry that are worth paying attention to. The premium embellishments that digital printing can offer is a value proposition unlike anything this industry has seen before. This technology allows you to differentiate yourself from competitors by offering prospective clients premium off-line coatings. Rather than trying to offer prospective clients exceptional customer service, faster turnaround time, or anything else another competitor could offer, working with us will allow you to offer advanced finishing embellishments on as a guarantor that you are ahead of the everyday printer. By choosing to work with Presentation Folder as your wholesale manufacturer, you will be able to offer clients premium embellishments like Raised UV and Raised Foil on an array of presentation products like business cards, presentation folders, posters, postcards, and more.
Raised UV and Raised Foil coatings offer a lifted tangible effect, which allow clients to be creative with branding and design decisions. By lifting logos, names, or other fine details, digital printing enhances traditional print design. More importantly, these digital capabilities allow for complete customization. Clients can customize their print with variable data and control over how light or dense these coatings come, making each print a truly unique product. Traditionally, we have been proud to accommodate custom sizing,a variety of stock options, and other print details. With the power of digitally-equipped off-line presses, we can now accommodate custom details within graphic design. Raised UV and Raised Foil will give you a unique value proposition to offer your clients, while also allowing them to achieve a fully custom, unique promotional product. Lastly, digital printing enables you to establish trust with clients that you are at the forefront of print innovation.
Matte aqueous coating is an in-line presentation folder coating as it is applied directly onto wet ink on an offset printing press. It provides a subtle matte finish (as opposed to gloss aqueous coating), and some protection from scuffing, while keeping color rich and vibrant on promotional products. We use an aqueous coating on almost all 4-color presentation folder work and occasionally with 1 and 2 spot color pocket folder printing as well, if needed to help protect the ink from rubbing or scuffing. It is a very cost-efficient process, a large part of the reason it is the most commonly used coating in the entire printing industry today. This aqueous finish is most often used on economy four-color process presentation folders that would benefit from a matte coating.
•Short and Long runs
•Fast production time
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In the last 15 years there has been a lot of talk about print maintaining relevance in the digital age. Luckily, presentation folders, business cards, advertisement posters, and other tangible promotional products haven’t lost their edge. Even more so, leaders in the presentation folder industry have seen a convergence between print technology and digital technology that has progressed the capabilities of the industry for the better. One major innovation, known as digital printing, has expanded capabilities of print which have in turn allowed for creativity at a cost-efficient price. In a world driven by mass-produced online content, a commitment to tangible, user-driven design has been an integral aspect to keeping print alive. And ironically, the implementation of digital technology is allowing us to keep this commitment. The following paragraphs will outline a few innovations that digital technology allows for, including: variable data, lower prices on short runs, and specialty finishing services.
Variable Data is the usage of different data point in one printing “run.” If you are looking to print business cards for your office, each employees name would be a different point in the job. With a traditional offset press, each business card would carry unique data, meaning that each card would require a unique plate to print. Cleaning and replacing each plate per business card adds up time and cost of ink quickly, which is why many clients chose to opt out of the personalization of their products when partnering with an offset printing supplier. Digital printing, however, adds no extra cost in time or cleanup to add variable data as its software is equipped to add the changes, meaning that the possibilities for personalization are not only economically practical, they are encouraged in the framework of digital machines. Customizing presentation folders, business cards, and other promotional products with variable names, key terms, and imagery becomes a seamless ergonomic process when utilizing digital printing presses. Digital printing makes the possibilities for personalized marketing truly palpable.
Lower Prices, Shorter Runs
In the same token, shorter runs become cost and time efficient, again placing value on personalization and authenticity that just wasn’t practical with offset printing. Because there is no need to clean off and separate plates between vastly different jobs, unique promotional products with smaller quantities are affordable and recommended with the horsepower that digital printing offers. Printing short, unique runs of presentation folders, business cards, and posters have never been easier.
Specialty Finishing Services
Lastly, many Digital Printing presses offer specialty finishing services that not only augment the design of an array of promotional products, they also ensure a quality and durability not guaranteed by products printed elsewhere. Specialty lamination (matte, gloss, scuff-proof and more), Raised UV Coating, and Raised Digital Foil are all within reach on Digital Presses.
A Note from the PFI team: We love to track the newly innovated while keeping the authenticity of age. While we are powered by the surge for new design that comes with digital presses, we cannot help but feel nostalgia for more minimal business cards hand letterpress-ed with wood type. We strive for a balance in human and software power, and with all of the digital capabilities mentioned above, we keep many offset and Letterpress presses in-house, and cherished by many of our staff. We have an array of digital, offset, and letterpress printing presses to fit the unique needs of you and your clients.
Foil stamping is a specialty finishing (post-printing) process that highlights selected artwork typically with a metallic foil material stamped into the paper by using a metal die, combined with heat and pressure.
Used for over a century, foil stamping is a traditional letterpress process that combines old-world craftsmanship with modern graphics via the use of a metal die.
By itself, it creates a slight Deboss (indent) into the paper because it is “stamped” in.
In addition to the many metallic foil colors, there are also some gloss pigment color options that aren’t metallic, such as white and black, although there are other color options.
It can be done over printing as an additional color / enhancement, or directly onto almost any paper as the only imprint.
It can also be combined with embossing (pushed up), and debossing (pushed farther down), to make it stand out more.
What makes it different?
The look and feel is defined by it’s timeless simplicity, often a classic gold or silver color stamped into paper for a look of permanence of both the printed piece and the brand or idea it represents. You can feel the subtle debossed impression, especially on softer papers.
It’s a great way to add a unique touch to printed pieces, but also can be used as the only imprint, without any ink or color printed underneath.
The price – By itself, it’s actually less expensive than 4-color printing, if the image is relatively small. Since it requires a metal die to be made with the image to be transferred, there is an initial cost for that, products in our catalog all include 12 square inches built into the foil price. Additional areas or larger areas will add to the cost.