WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
I was very impressed by the facility and staff when I visited to review a proof. The quality of work and turnaround time are great as well. Thank you for offering such a large variety of services at reasonable prices.
Alphagraphics has been our "go to" for years now and we have NEVER had any issues or bad experiences! You guys are great and we appreciate your prompt and professional work -Airmax Heating & Cooling, Inc
Always exceeds my expectations! Great work and great price!
I was very happy with the services I received. The staff was very helpful and I was able to get a product that I was very satisfied with for my business needs.
Very accommodating and willing to work with me on the particulars of my job. Fast and friendly. I will always use Alpha Graphics for my printing needs.
The staff was aware i was on a deadline and helped me meet it. Felt like family not just a customer.
Great quality and service and price
Working with Kari at Alpha Graphics is always a smooth and easy process and we are always happy with our products.
I always use Alpha Graphics, always satisfied. Great job done, at a reasonable price, and done very quickly.
Deb is amazing to work with! She is so helpful when it comes to making sure my finished product is exactly how we want it. She always helps me to understand my options and provides great advice for selecting the perfect products.
Kari-Ann was awesome to work with - creative, detailed and very responsive to ALL of my questions!
You guys are always awesome, thanks for putting up with all of our crazy!
Fast, great quality and great communication.
Outstanding service and quality products
The staff is extremely helpful and professional. Outstanding!!
Whole process was efficient and professional.
We're able to accommodate my needs and changes. Kari is very easy to work with and offers suggestions on how to improve on ideas.
You guys are very prompt and I appreciate the quickness of my order.
The entire AG TEAM ROCKS!!! 🤘🏼😜🤘🏼
Service, quality and delivery is always excellent! Couldn’t ask for a better team to work with!
Great experience with new items presented. Fast turn around & quality work each time!
Consummate professionals and we plan on utilizing Alpha for a majority of our printing needs in the Wilmington Region!
I will definitely continue to use Alphagraphics for my marketing needs: quality service and products!
Everyone was very professional and easy to talk to regarding options for the final product. The mugs look fantastic! I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly my order was completed! Good job!
Excellent customer service....everyone went out of their way to assist me
made every effort to have the end product to my satisfaction. Other people who witnessed the end result were very impressed.. All of this was done with a high degree of knowledge, cooperation, timeliness, and with the utmost friendliness. Thank you very much.
Easy to work with, excellent quality and responsive customer service, and SO timely. Much appreciated.
Hannah, Lindsey & Kari have been amazing to work with. Sometimes I need a last minute sign made for an event....No problem. I am not the best on proofing. They call me on it. They make me look good and I will count on the “team” for my go to print & design jobs.
Kari is always amazing -- she gets our "vision" even when we struggle to explain it in words. Customer service is excellent!
Hannah is great!
Working with Deb Hobbs is always easy! She is a pro.
Quick, easy, friendly, less expensive than competitors with same level of quality, AND THEY DELIVERED!
Kari-Ann is responsive, great attention to detail, and a pleasure to work with. She has been my go-to not only for business printing but personal stationary and invitations as well! I highly recommend alphagraphics for all your printing and design needs.
I've used alphagraphics for years and am always pleased with my jobs. Deb is my go to person there. She and the rest of the team are 5 stars!
Quick service, final product looks great. My wife loved the prints.
The entire staff was very professional.
Timely professional service made my job easy
very happy with service of a rush situation and how well you worked to make it happen and correct
Def the best customer service I’ve gotten in awhile. We were all coming out of Florence incredibly frustrated and tired with just all of life going on..but still wanted to do something kind for our boss. Y’all helped out last minute and flawlessly. We sincerely appreciate everything you did and how timely it was. Will for sure be going back and encouraging others as well.
I had an excellent overall experience. Paul and Kari-Ann were both accommodating, helpful, professional, and kind. The products we received are quality and should last us quite some time. I would gladly recommend AlphaGraphics!
Very fluid correspondence, easy to work with
Always responsive and fast service.
Order was placed and received the very next day. Fast, courteous and affordable!
Always a pleasure doing business with the AlphaGraphics team!
Great customer service - including follow up calls.
very helpful in getting exactly what I wanted.
Kari-Ann was awesome throughout the entire process! We will definitely reach out to her again soon. Paul Ward was wonderful as well. Thank you all for your work!! We love our signs!
Kari was great to work with. Great experience.
Extremely responsive. Delivered excellent design services and a high qulaity product.
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 WILMINGTON, NC
As a premier business print center, we take great pride in our craft and welcome any questions you may have about the printing industry.
HIGH PERFORMING PRINT TECHNOLOGY
Here are some common questions we get asked from our valued customers. To see a full listing of our services, check out the Products & Services area of our website.
What is PMS?
Used to maintain color consistency, PMS means Pantone Matching System, which is used to catalog colors by designating each color a unique number.
What types of paper do you use?
We have a large selection in-house and if you need something different we work with our paper vendors to get it for you. Common types include: coated (matte, gloss or dull), cover (used for books or presentation folders) and cast-coated which has a high-gloss reflective finish.
Is there a minimum order quantity?
No, we can accommodate any order size!
AG PRINTING PRODUCTS
Our passion for printing shows in the breadth of products we offer. Here are just a few of our comprehensive print offerings:
Not only do we offer the highest quality print technology, we also have eco-friendly printing policies to reduce your carbon footprint. Contact us today to learn more about how our signage solutions can make your business stand out in the crowd! Or, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to broaden your knowledge of print, marketing, and signage!
OUR STORY - OUR MISSION
AlphaGraphics is a worldwide company founded in 1970 in Tucson, Arizona. There are over 260 independently owned and operated business centers. Here in Wilmington, NC, we opened our doors on South College Road in 2009. We offer a one-stop shop for all of your marketing, sign, and printing needs. We've built a team with a deep skill set and invested in a broad arsenal of equipment so we have the tools, experience, and motivation to create a stunning success from your next project. Learn more about our Wilmington, NC print center and team on our About Us page.
AREAS WE SERVE
Our Wilmington, NC print center, located on College Road, is a full-service print and marketing company serving Wilmington and the surrounding communities of Leland, Burgaw, Southport, Shallotte, Oak Island, Rocky Point, Castle Hayne, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach, and Bald Head Island.