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What is Print on Demand?
Sometimes referred to as 'just-in-time inventory,' this system of data warehousing and forms management allows print buyers to reduce inventories and eliminate waste due to obsolescence. By digitally storing text and images, your sales materials cost can be reduced while your printed materials will always be up-to-date and delivered on time.

The print-on-demand printing process is ideal for technical manuals, sell sheets, brochures, catalogs, newsletters and booklets that are updated frequently and/or take up valuable physical warehouse storage space. With print-on-demand publishing, you only have to order what you need, when you need it. Changes are fast, easy and inexpensive. Your print job can be drop shipped directly from theprinters.com's document fulfillment center to locations anywhere.

Use Print-On-Demand to reduce inventory, customize sales materials, and improve response time.

 

What is the difference between Digital Printing and Traditional Printing?
Digital Printing refers to the manner in which images (data files of text and/or artwork) are transferred from a computer to an offset printing press. This allows for dramatically improved quality by eliminating many of the degrading steps used in 'traditional' print shops. Quite simply, digital is more 'direct' -- producing higher quality outcomes when merged with traditional methods of production.

KB employs a 'Digital Workflow;' whereby graphics files can be transferred (direct) to the machines in our printing department. The final printed product is a true original, not a copy. Every printed page is an exact replica of the original.

Offset Printing remains the industry's most common means of producing printed material -- with over two-thirds of all printing performed utilizing this photo-image reproduction technique. From magazines and books to maps and business forms -- offset is the most efficient means when large formats are required or where the quantity requirements are very high.

 

What is Green Printing?
Green printing, or environmentally-friendly printing, refers to a process whereby the overall 'carbon footprint' of producing printed matter relies on the use of recycled and non-toxic materials, as well as sustainable and renewable energy in its manufacture.

Getting started with your printed materials is as easy as requesting recycled paper. And, you'll be surprised to find out how much of the stock and packaging you are already using are made from post-consumer waste and recycled materials. These days, recycled paper doesn't mean you have to see the fibers in the sheet. Modern non-toxic bleaching methods allow for bright white and solid color stock in all weights and sizes.

But paper is only the first step... There are vegetable oil based inks that conform to ASA standards with less than 5 percent volatile organic hydrocarbons (VOCs), and safer solvents that replace poisonous chemicals. Green printers such as KB OFFSET purchase many materials that are already prepared using renewable energy (such as paper from FSC certified companies). This is referred to as 'Chain of Custody' -- where every step in the process is checked for environmentally-friendly practices.

KB also utilizes everything from low-watt LED and CFL bulbs that produce bright work areas with less energy consumption to solar powered servers -- keeping this website's (and your) carbon footprint to an absolute minimum.

 

What if I need you to do everything?
At KB OFFSET we specialize in 'Design, Printing and Mailing.' We can create original artwork (from scratch) from your ideas; or we can enhance and update pre-existing materials you may have. Our graphics department has all of the skills needed (and then some), along with all of the latest software, fonts and computer equipment to handle any design project. If you don't need design, we have some of the most modern, state-of-the-art equipment in the U.S. to print your graphics files per your specifications. And, if it's mailing services you need -- well, we wrote the book!

 

What types of mailing services do you offer?
KB offers complete mailing services... List Management, NCOA Link, CASS certification, merge & purge, and variable data and more -- combined with our graphics, printing and fulfillment departments.

We can assemble, package and fulfill orders to be drop-shipped anywhere in the world.

Our staff has a full understanding of the complex and varying postal regulations, along with the skills and experience to get our client's printed material into the mail stream in a rapid, economical manner.They also understand how the design of a printed piece can take advantage of all appropriate postage discounts available.

 

PRODUCTION
How do I send you my files?
KB provides an online file upload service to all of our clients. When you place an order, you will be given an access code to transfer your files directly from your computer to our graphics department. If you prefer, you can also mail us your artwork on disk. Ask your customer service representative for details.

What types of files do you accept?
KB accepts all major file formats from the widely used graphics and publishing software programs (see downloads at lower left for a complete listing). The most preferred file format is Adobe PDF which contains all fonts, artwork and photos in full (300 dpi) resolution -- independent of the program used to create it. The next best thing is an EPS file or 'vector' art where all fonts and artwork are converted to outlines or paths. If neither of these 'all in' files are being used, be sure you included all fonts and linked art and photos along with your document files.

What are Pantone® and PMS Colors?
Pantone® colors refer to a system developed in 1963 by Lawrence Herbert for "identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community." PMS colors, or the PANTONE® MATCHING SYSTEM® are standardized colors that are classified by numbers (example: Pantone® 000) and/or the percent of 'process inks' (CMYK -- cyan, magenta, yellow and black) used to make that color.

What are DPI and LPI?
DPI stands for Dots Per Inch. It is a measure of the resolution of an image. For example, a 72-dpi file from the internet might print o.k. on a home printer, but it doesn't have enough dots to print out nicely on a commercial printing press. An image scanned at 300 dpi and placed in the document at 100% will work well.

LPI means Lines Per Inch, and generally refers to the frequency of the halftone screen. This determines the crispness and contrast of an image printed on a particular grade of paper using a certain printing process. For example, most glossy magazines are printed at 133 lpi or even higher, while newspapers are generally printed at around 85 lpi.

What is a Bleed?
An image or color that extends to (and beyond) the edge of a sheet of paper after it is trimmed.

What do flat and trim (or finished) sizes refer to?
Flat size refers to the final size of a finished, printed piece before it has been folded (or trimmed for bleed). Trim is the finished size of the same printed piece (or a bound booklet of multiple sheets) after it has been folded and cut to final size. Many booklets still require trimming even if there are not bleeds, due to 'creep' -- whereby the process of gathering, or collating, multiple sheets adds fractional width to the bound booklet.

What are the differences between cover and text paper weights?
Cover weight papers are thick and durable, suitable for projects such as post cards, business cards, menus and publication covers. In comparison, text weight papers are lighter and used for brochures, interior pages of booklets, etc. Ask your KB customer service representative for paper samples.

 

Can you do imprinting on mugs and shirts?
KB offers a wide selection of specialty imprinting items from mugs, polo shirts and hats to pens, golf gear and seasonal products. Click here to view our online catalog and to request a custom quote.

How long does the printing process take?

There are several factors that affect the length of time it takes for a print job to work its way through our plant:

1) Pre-Press -- The amount of 'make-ready' necessary to prepare your job for printing. If we are typesetting, doing design and layout, this will require scheduling and production time. If you are providing digital files, this will shorten the pre-press time; but all jobs still require preparation, trouble-shooting (pre-flighting) and scheduling.
2) Proofing -- The fewer proofs needed and the faster the client returns the proof(s) speeds up the overall process time.
3) Print Production -- Obviously, single-sided sheet, one color printing will take considerable less time than full color, double-sided, multiple-page booklets.
4) Bindery -- Jobs that require trimming, stitching, gluing, perferating, hole-punching, etc. will take additional time.
5) Delivery/shipping -- Most jobs can be shipped within 24 hours of completion and/or drying.

If you are a Print on Demand client and/or we are providing fulfillment services, jobs may clear the shop within 24 hours. Generally, most (non-rush) print jobs are turned around with 10 days -- with less time for small jobs, and perhaps a little longer for more complicated jobs as outlined above.

Other variables include quantities, odd sizes, special processes,custom requests, etc.

Your customer service representative will be able to discuss turnaround times and options to meet your company's needs.