UV coatings are one of the range of print finishes and textures that you can use to make your art jump off of the page (or binder). We have found that a lot of designers haven’t worked with these finishes a lot, so we are offering a little series on print finishes.
What is spot UV and how can I use it on my binders, folders, and boxes?
UV (ultraviolet) Coatings start as a clear liquid that is dried or cured with an ultra violet light. This is printed in-line on a UV press. This is often seen in a gloss or matte, though it is available in textures (like sandpaper among others). While you can flood an entire piece with UV, we most often see it used in spot coverage, highlighting text and images, or in the case of the image above, the spot UV IS the text. Subtle, but effective.
If you are printing a pocket folder, binder or box, you are probably laminating your materials to protect the whole piece from the rough and tumble life marketing materials go through. The nice thing about spot UV is that it can be applied after the lamination offering more opportunities to pop your art even more.
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In a world of sensory overload, communicating by touch is the only way to connect emotionally with your customers.
Print is fun for us because it offers so many things just on the production end. From the craft, the smell, the feel of good paper, everyone in our building has a strong connection to our products.
The thing is, that same connection works for you too.
People respond to tactile things. There is a deep need to feel, to touch, that stimulates different parts of the brain than visual stimulation alone. Even if you are a completely online company, the chances are you can gain more clients and customer by having print materials.
Experience enhances information
Perception is an active process. To “be in touch with” a product, company or person is a primary urge. Our first intelligence is sensory refinement.
Printed materials offer a chance to present your brand quality, strength, and other qualities (eco friendly, glossy, solid, trustworthy) through a second channel. What you say can be backed up through more primal clues that reinforce and strengthen the logical arguments.
Print offers permanence
The sad truth is, people surf and are very distracted online. It is a busy, shifting medium. A well designed print piece creates a more focused, concentrated way to engage your customer’s time and attention.
Once it is read, that 3 ring binder can sit on a shelf for reference. This shelf presence means you are always in front of your audience, even when the power goes out.
Print builds confidence
Whether you are showcasing building products for the contract industry, handing client’s financial information, or providing medical information, the experience, quality and solidity of your marketing materials gives your customers confidence.
Corporate Image has been in the business of printing and manufacturing presentation materials for over 30 years. Their products have won awards from Best Binder in the World to GDUSA packaging awards and CMA awards. We specialize in 3-ring binders, pocket folders, presentation binders and boxes of all sorts. Our products are sustainable, recyclable and printed with soy inks.
Working on a printed presentation piece and wondering if you should go digital or offset (litho) printing?
This info graphic (found here) helps explain the basics of it.
Corporate Image offers both offset and digital printing depending on the job. Our team will work with you to determine what will work best for your job, but it is good to have the information for working with your clients. Offset or litho printing offers higher quality, but digital printing has been catching up quickly. There are a few things digital just can’t do (yet) that make offset printing a real stand out option. The long and short of it is:
When to use Offset Printing:
When to use Digital Printing:
Be aware that both this and the info-graphic are not complete so talk to us about what you need (our people are well versed in the subtle strengths and weaknesses of each.)
Paper Weights are confusing.
As a print and binder manufacturer Corporate Image deals in all kinds of paper stocks. Whether we make a printed 3-ring binder, a pocket folder or a cool sales box, paper stocks will vary heavily.
Lets look at this question which you might run into if you want to put a 3-ring binder in a sales box.
Question: If you have 18 pt. and 100# papers how do those compare?
First off, lets find out what it all means:
Now the question is how those translate.
Up above we were looking at 100# offset text vs 18pt stock. Actually these are pretty far apart. So as we look down the list, we see that 100# text paper is only about 6pt (listed as caliper on the chart). Much lighter paper, which you would expect. 18pt., as we find out, is a very sturdy stock – useful for strong pocket folders or paperboard boxes. 100# text is great for printing that might wrap your 3 ring binder.
Is this list absolutely, always going to be exactly right? No. How a paper is made can affect both the caliper and weight. Some papers are denser, but have the same caliper as another paper. But this is a rough guide.
Paper weights will always be a bit confusing. Tag this blog so when you are working on a new design and printers are quoting papers, you can have an easy resource to ensure you know what they are talking about.
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