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digital printing

  1. Matching colour printing with Colorplan colours

    One of the most popular coloured paper ranges we offer is Colorplan. Colorplan is GF Smith’s most iconic paper range, with 54 ravishing, deeply saturated colour choices. Whether it’s Colorplan business cards, note cards, greeting cards, letterheads, compliment slips or invitations our professional print artisans have crafted it! Very often, potential clients with acute brand awareness or those who desire the printing on their media to match the stock, query about matching a Colorplan stock color with CMYK print. This request is extremely popular on business cards and wedding invitations. At AHC we have the facility to digitally print on Colorplan stocks and then bond (duplex) them back to back, if required, to create thicker media. This technique works well for those seeking a Colorplan business card or invitation with foil stamping or embossing on the front and digital printing on the reverse.

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  2. The best approach to combining digital printing and foil stamping

    Foil stamping is a very versatile print finishing option which can be used on various papers from silk or laminated board to kraft, metallic stock and even 100% cotton. A common request from our clients is to combine digital printing and foil stamping on an uncoated card stock. When digitally printing on uncoated stock there is nothing to protect the ink on the surface of the card. After printing, the job is guillotined or die cut which can cause the ink to flake along the edges. It is most prevalent on the bottom edge, when a job is cut down and can be controlled to some degree by adjusting the guillotine settings, however, the best way to prevent this is to laminate the surface with matt or soft touch lamination. This thin laminate film protects the ink on the surface and prevents the ink from flaking/cracking on the edges when the job is cut down. In addition, foil stamping on laminate gives the foil a much more shiny and metallic appearance than foil stamping on uncoated card. Foil stamping on uncoated papers and cards can create more of a muted metallic finish.

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  3. 5 ways you can use white ink printing to make your print media stand out

    Until the introduction of white ink, anything white on a printed design was simply the card stock left unprinted. This meant all printing began with white or another light card colour such as ivory, beige, or light grey. Consideration had to be taken when using coloured card because it impacts the way in which ink colours appear once printed. At AHC we offer digital white ink printing which is very affordable even for a short run. We often run samples of jobs on request too. Whether you are looking for print for your brand, personalised wedding invitations or if you are reselling art prints or handmade products, below are 5 ways you can use our white ink printing service to make your print media stand out and engage customers.

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