WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
the final product is excellent and high quality
Michele F. In Defense of Animals
Larry Schwartz is fantastic to work with. Debbie the graphic designer was also extremely helpful and professional.
Peter S. Buckeye
As a non-profit it is critical that we partner with vendors that help us control costs while providing expert service. Not only does Alpha Graphics provide us with expert service at a competitive cost, but they also provide the expertise and knowledge that enables us to avoid the expensive costs frequently associated with "the learning curve".
Dale K. School Fuel
Love working with Alpha Graphics, in particular Larry Schwartz. Always work with our time line and have never been less than amazed with the work.
Nick B. Salesian College Preparatory
Love your workmanship. It would be great if turnaround could be faster.
Diana R. Marin Country Mart
Alphagrahics always goes above and beyond!
Savannah L. Dallas Regional Chamber
Very nice people. Excellent service, and a very well done product.
Michelle C. Novato R.W.F.
Tess G. Tess Gianotti
I emailed with a rush order for a school event and was so surprised at how quickly my order was completed and ready to ship. Changes were incorporated quickly and without hassle and I made my deadline with 2 days to spare.
Carrie C. Good Shepherd Lutheran School
Derek is always super helpful!
Lisa L. Lococo's Pizzeria
Even though my jobs are small, I am made to feel they are important. It is always ready when I request it. Staff makes me feel like an old friend.
Susan M. Novato R.W.F.
On time and good service...
Stephen H. Sutti Associates
Working with Larry has been very easy. He is always available, easy to talk to and has worked with whatever time frame or budget I give him.
Nick B. Salesian College Preparatory
Prompt and professional service... even with a small order.
Molly G. Transportation Authority of Marin
Wonderful prompt service by friendly staff. Keep up the amazing work!
Jason F. City of San Rafael
Derek has been great!
Sue C. Mark Day School
Larry is great to work with... very thorough, quick to respond and professional. Larry and the Alphagraphics Team know our materials better than we do and they make our lives easier ~ which is a bonus in this fast paced world!
Michele F. Reed School Foundation
Derek and Javier are great to work with. I appreciate their attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond to help with design fixes.
Jaimey W. Steve & Kate's Camp
I love working with Derek Knell and Debbie Pompei! They are amazing, kind, helpful, smart...and so much more!
Rochelle D. City of San Rafael
I found the service overall to be good. Javier Mendizabal, however, made the experience exceptional. ...
Chris M. Evolution Blockchain
The Marin team is always very responsive and courteous! We are always very happy with the quality of our products.
Amanda B. Integrated Community Services
I'm consistently happy with the level of service I receive from AlphaGraphics.
Herve E. Marin Academy
I love AlphaGraphics! As the Director of Marketing for the Osher Marin JCC I am faced with tight deadlines every day. The one thing I don't have to stress about is if our projects will be completed in time and if they will meet my budget. Working with Larry over the years has been a pleasure and I am so appreciative of our partnership. The team at AlphaGraphics is wonderful and the result is high-quality collateral each time. We receive superb customer service and appreciate the attention to detail. We are also very grateful for the generosity AlphaGraphics has shown us for our fundraiser each year. As a non-profit community center that impacts so many lives each day, being able to have more money go towards scholarships is a gift and we are very thankful.
Iris L. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, The
Derek is the best!
May W. JS Cole Equipment Rental
I've worked with Derek Knell for decades and find him to be the ultimate professional, courteous, responsive, and always has good tips to make things work.
Dotty L. Democratic Central Committee
Derek and the staff there went above and beyond to meet our timelines and quality of product demands. We were very satisfied.
Dave H. Vote Gold Ticket
Great communication and customer service
Kathy W. Marin Sanitary Service
You guys are great!!
May W. JS Cole Equipment Rental
Everything was done exactly as asked! Nothing missed or overlooked, and Larry provided excellent service.
Karolyn C. Bishop O'Dowd High School
My relationship with Alpha is largely based around Larry. Larry helped me increase the quality level of our printing while at the same time significantly increased the speed of getting the job done. In addition, he's enabled me to give accurate timing dates as we constantly are needing to hit deadlines.
Matt T. Nana Wall
Derek and Debbie are able to take vague ideas and turn them into great graphics.
Kim S. Marin Sanitary Service
I especially appreciated the personal service.
Carol K. Nazareth House Los Angeles
Great service from Larry and great quality printed materials. We can always count on you!
Dakota R. The Bay School
Not only is the price better than competitors of Alpha Graphics, the quality stands above all others. Their staff is professional and we enjoy working with them.
Andrew R. Be Great LLC
Rene and Debbie are amazing! Every year I seem to be running late on preparing our summer camp brochures and Debbie plus your team are very on top of meeting my short deadline to get everything put together, processed and delivered on time. I am very appreciative of your staff and the efforts they go through to ensure excellent customers service and quality products!
Jason F. City of San Rafael
Everybody was friendly and professional.
Heidi H. GPK
great work and exceptional service
April K. Nana Wall
everyone loves our new visitor stickers!
Lesile F. Mill Valley School District
Larry's been great.
Patti P. Town of Tiburon
There isn't a time where the AG team isn't quick, efficient, exact and perfect with each project. If we need something quicker than necessary, they provide. THANK YOU.
Natalie S. YMCA Marin
It is such a pleasure to come across a company where the staff are so responsive creative and helpful and where the employees seem to genuinely like working there! We experienced an overall great vibe from AlphaGraphics!
Carrie B. Friends of Larkspur Library
Rene and Phaedra have done a wonderful job implementing my vision.
Kara R. Mamie's Pies
Larry Schwartz is an excellent and knowledgable rep
Tom J. Creativewerks
Rene Perez is really great!! I love working with him!
Chloe C. Buck Institute
I've consistently received excellent service and professionalism for each project AlphaGraphics handles for us. From print to mail, Jo Dziubek, Derek Knell, and team take good care of meeting our needs.
MaryRuth D. Western Payments Alliance
Our experiences get better each year we work with them! We are now not only utilizing the mail house services but also printing services for many of our important direct mail campaigns. We really appreciate their flexibility in working with our hectic schedule and always keeping lines of communication open, AND delivering small orders when we need a quick turnaround!
Sara W. Marin Theatre Co
Spiral bound 4 color, tabbed handout books were a very complicated project. Alpha Graphics printed, assembled and bound 80 pc in record time and they were beautiful.
April K. Nana Wall
Larry is always super helpful and willing to meet my needs.
Chamin M. World Wrapps
larry is great
Jo B. Pacific Vision Foundation
We consistently receive great work from Alpha, and Larry delivers top-notch customer service.
DJ W. Navitas Naturals
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.
CONTACT ALPHAGRAPHICS IN MARIN COUNTY
AlphaGraphics Marin County offers digital printing services, offset printing services, graphic design services, marketing solutions, and large format printing services. For more information on graphic design and printing services in San Rafael, Novato, and throughout Marin County, contact us today! Fill out a Request a Quote form online or call us at (415) 459-5409.