WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
I so appreciated the professionalism demonstrated by your company. Everyone was quick to respond, answered my questions thoroughly, and offered great ideas and advice. I am so happy I called AlphaGraphics to help build a program to support great behavior at our school and to build an amazing culture and climate.
Evette V. Bradford K8 School
The prints came out great! And they were very fast with the time frame I had. They even were able to give me suggestions on sizing!
Alyssa B. MedKeeper
We use Alphagraphics for all our print jobs. Our printer rep is always very helpful when we have questions or need an estimate. Jobs are turned around very quickly and always look great. We would definitely recommend Alphagraphics to others.
Laurie H. Highlands Ranch Community Association
Excellent service... wonderful people. Incredibly helpful!
Marc T. Mathnasium
Mike and the crew are always so kind, and efficient. I could not be happier with their service.
Katie S. The White Chocolate Grill
ALL ABOUT PRINTING
ARE THERE PRINT SIZE LIMITATIONS?
Yes, and no. Our digital copiers will take sheet sizes as small as 4.25” x 5.5” up to 13” x 19”. Traditional offset can accept sheet sizes up to 12” x 18”. Our in-house large format printers can produce graphics up to 41.5” wide. If you have specific questions about our sizing options, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
WHAT IS A PROOF AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
In printing terms, a proof is a one-off copy of your document after all modifications and printing setup processes have been completed. It is your last, and best, opportunity to make sure that your print job comes out the way you envisioned. By carefully inspecting the proof, you can help ensure an accurate, flawless delivery of your print job the first time.
DO YOU REQUIRE MINIMUM QUANTITIES ON ANY OF YOUR PRODUCTS?
Nope! Some printing methods may be more cost-effective than others, but our professional staff are happy to work with you to determine which printing method is best for your project.
DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COLOR SEPARATIONS OR HALF-TONE PRINTING TO GET MY JOB COMPLETED?
Absolutely not! We handle all the "back-end" production for you.
The terms are pretty easy to understand, though. Color separation refers to our offset printing process, where we use cyan, magenta, yellow, and black in four separate plates that go directly to the press. These four colors can create almost any color you can imagine!
Half-tone printing refers to converting a solid tone of black ink or one color into tiny dots that are invisible to the eye to create your image. You see a solid image, but it’s really created from the spacing of these tiny dots.
IS WHITE CONSIDERED A PRINTING COLOR?
Not typically. Because white is the default color of paper, it is simply recognized as the absence of ink.
WHAT PAPER TYPES DO YOU OFFER?
We have a large collection of “house” stocks in our production area. If you have a specific style in mind, we can check our in-house inventory to see if our selection is able to match your tastes. Or, we’ll check with our paper vendors to see what they have on hand. Keep in mind that special stocks or materials may require bulk purchasing from suppliers.
WHAT IS THE PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM?
The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a color reproduction standard in which colors all across the spectrum are each identified by a unique, independent number. The use of PMS allows us to precisely match colors and maintain color consistency throughout the printing process.
WHY DO THE PRINTED COLORS LOOK DIFFERENT THAN THE COLORS ON MY SCREEN?
In short, printers and monitors produce color in different ways. Monitors use the RGB (red, green, blue) color model, which usually supports a wider spectrum of colors. Printers use the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color model, which can reproduce most—but not all—of the colors in the RGB color model.
Depending on the equipment used, CMYK generally matches 85–90% of the colors in the RGB model. When a color is selected from the RGB model that is out of the range of the CMYK model, the application chooses the closest matching color. Programs like Adobe Photoshop will allow you to choose which color will be replaced; others may not. We’ll provide you with a sample print right before we print your job to ensure a "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" final product.
COMMON PRINTING TERMS
BIND: To fasten sheets with wire, thread, glue, or by any other means.
BINDING: A name given for any of many procedures used to put pages together.
BLEED: Printing that goes to the edge of the sheet. Trimming is required to make the printing run to the edge of a sheet.
CAST-COATED: Coated paper with a high- gloss reflective finish.
COATED PAPER: Paper with a clay or other coating applied to one, or both, sides. The coating can be dull, gloss, matte, or a number of other finishes. Coated paper generally produces sharper, brighter images and has a more refelctive quality than uncoated paper.
COLLATE: To put pages in a certain order for binding.
COLOR CORRECTION: Methods of improving color separations and definition.
COVER PAPER: A heavy printing paper primarily used to cover books or make presentation folders.
SIDE-STITCHING: Stapling through the spine from front to back. The publication will not lay flat when opened.
CROP: To trim a picture, image, or printed sheet.
CROP MARKS: Printed lines showing where to trim a printed sheet.
GLOSS: A shiny paper coating that reflects light.
LAMINATE: To cover with protective film. Also used to bond or glue one surface to another.
MATTE FINISH: Dull paper or ink finish.
OFFSET PRINTING: Printing which involves a plate that makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which, in turn, transfers it to the paper.
PERFECT BINDING: An unsewn, flat-spined book binding made with glue.
RESOLUTION: The degree of sharpness of a computer-generated image as measured by the number of dots per linear inch in a hard-copy printout or, the number of pixels across and down on a display screen.
SADDLE-STITCHING: A type of binding that uses wire stapling at the center of a magazine or pamphlet.
SCORE: Creasing paper to help it fold more neatly.
WHAT TYPES OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?
AlphaGraphics is a full service marketing communications provider, and offer a wide range of products and services. To see a full listing of our services, check out the Products & Services area of our website.
WHAT TYPES OF MARKETING TECHNIQUES CAN YOU ADD TO MY PRINTED MATERIALS?
OUR MULTI-CHANNEL MARKETING OPTIONS INCLUDE:
- QR Codes
- SMS and MMS marketing
- Video production and editing
- Variable mapping
- Social media marketing
- Mobile optimized websites, and so much more!
Call our team today to learn more about the tools we can use in concert with your printed communications to improve your ROI.
PRINTING FAQS IN LITTLETON, CO
Custom printing can sometimes be a little complicated, but with a little work you can understand how everything works. Here are some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) that people have about our printing services at AlphaGraphics in Littleton, CO.
What paper types can we choose?
In addition to our rich supply of in-house stocks, we can check with our paper vendors for more options. Special materials and stocks might require bulk supplier purchases.
What are your print size limitations?
AlphaGraphics’ digital copiers cover sizes from 4.25” x 5.5” to 13” x 18”. The in-house large format printer handles graphics up to 41.5” wide. If your needs exceed these limits, contact us so we can work with you to figure something out!
Why do printed images look different from how they appear on-screen?
Computer monitors display colors using the red, green, blue (RGB) format, while printers use the cyan, magenta, yellow, black (CMYK) model, leading to minor differences. But don’t worry: we’ll show you a sample print ahead of time.
Do I need to know about color separations/half-tone printing?
No, we’ll handle that for you.
Do you require minimum quantities on your products?
Is white a printing color?
- Gloss - Shiny paper coating that reflects light.
- Offset Printing - A plate makes an inked impression that is transferred to the paper.
- Pantone Matching System (PMS) - Color reproduction standard used for color consistency.
- Proof - A one-off copy of the document following all modifications/set-up processes. This is your best and final chance to make sure your print job looks right.
If you need any more help, AlphaGraphics in Littleton offers diverse multi-channel marketing services, including:
- MMS/SMS marketing
- QR codes
- Variable mapping
- Mobile-optimized websites
- Personalized URLs (PURLs)
- Social media marketing
- Video production/editing