The top 10 questions to ask your printing company

If you’re considering which printing company you should work with, then you may already have a few technical questions about paper stock, creep and bleed, file types and turnaround. But even before you get to this stage, it’s worth ensuring that your shortlist of suppliers delivers more than just the tech stuff. The following questions…

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How to print Pantone spots and metallics

When your printed material needs to be an exact colour match or unique shade, it can sometimes be hard to reproduce it in regular CMYK. In this situation it is necessary to use a spot or index colour. The most common colour system in the UK print industry is the Pantone Matching System. If you…

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The most popular paper types for print

While putting time into content and design is important for engaging with customers, knowing your paper types for print is essential for making a real impact with your marketing materials. Offering various looks and feels, different types of paper will elicit different responses and perceptions of your brand from customers. Fortunately, as this short guide…

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What’s the difference between litho and digital printing?

Litho and digital printing – how to work out what’s best for you: For many people, it can be hard to work out which type of printing is right for their budget and the type of materials they need to print. They might even call a printing company for advice but leave the call none…

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All about Giclee fine art printing

What is Giclee fine art printing and how to pronounce it Giclee fine art printing is one of the niche printing services we provide, setting us aside from many other printing companies in Oxfordshire and beyond. The word Giclee (pronounced “g-clay”), comes from the French verb gicler which literally means to ‘squirt or spray’. Who…

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What is litho (lithographic) printing, what does it mean and how does it work?

Well first of all never be afraid to ask the question, there are plenty of people who have worked within the industry for many years who would struggle to answer this. The term Lithography comes from the Greek translation of λίθος, lithos, “stone” and γράφειν, graphein, “to write” The method of printing was and still…

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Colour Management

At KMS we have recently invested a considerable amount of time and cost bringing some standards to our colour management. We chose Mellow Colour as our partners and use their PrintSpec system to accurately match our print to ISO 12647 – a common objective for Printers and Clients, or any other international or in house…

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Digital printing – where does it fit?

I am often asked what I think the future holds for print and whether it will ultimately be replaced with digital printing technology? It’s a question that needs careful consideration and in truth none of us know the answer. Litho printing, which I spent my apprenticeship mastering back in the mid 80’s, has undoubtedly had…

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