PRINTING & COLOURS

It is very important to remember that we print in CMYK and not RGB and really you should be using this format when placing your images into our designer studio.

Adobe lightroom does not allow you to change to this format either so you will need to use adobe photoshop to convert to this format or make sure your images come out of light room correctly formatted.

There are colours in the RGB spectrum that cannot be reached in CMYK, and if your files are left as RGB our printers convert them automatically, but you may end up with an over saturated image if you leave them in RGB.

Using Adobe Lightroom:

Ok, we mention above that light room does not deal with CMYK images, so if you are using this software you really need to make sure that you format your images in either the Adobe1998 profile or the sRGB profile. Whatever you do DO NOT choose to format your images in the PROPHOTO profile - this profile is NOT suited to commercial printing and will provide undesiraable results.

If you do not adjust this you will expect to see your colour change dramatically when printing from what you see on screen.

IN ALL CASES OF USING LIGHTROOM, IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO CONVERT YOUR IMAGES TO CMYK THEN EXPECT A COLOUR CHANGE OR IMAGE CAST TO OCCUR ON YOUR IMAGES.

we cannot be held responsible for inaccuracy of colour printing if you supply your images this way, we strongly urge a printed proof to be ordered if you are worried about colour in anyway. - We recommend you format your images using the photoshop method below to achieve beter results.

Using Adobe Photoshop:

Make sure your colour settings are correct, to setup your colour setting, goto the EDIT menu and choose > Colour Settings. In this menu you have the choice of presets, your best choice for UK commercial printing is to choose EUROPE PREPRESS 3 - this will adjust your ICC profile to the coated Fogra39 profile for CMYK images which is what we use when printing.

  • Once you have setup this you can the start to open your images and then convert to the CMYK format.
  • To convert your images, use the Image Menu header and choose > Mode > CMYK. By selecting this your image will then be converted to the correct colour space for printing.
  • It is at this point you should then adjust your colours and or balance/saturation and what you see on screen should then resemble what gets printed.
  • Also make sure you have the correct resolution for printing,this is 300dpi for optimal printing.

Save your images as JPEGs in this format and then use them in your online designs. Jpeg format help keeps the file size down for creating your calendars online. You cannot upload a TIFF file when desiging online so saving in this format is the best way to go.

DIGITAL PRINTING - What you need to know...

We print our calendars using DIGITAL printing equipment. This uses EA vegtable based toners which are then fused to the paper.

The colour is made up of 4 colours (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) toners which SIT on top of the paper then get a hot roller process fusion to the paper. This reuslts in a more vibrant print, some people may say this is over saturated, however it is not, it is simply because we do not use a wet ink printing method which can dry back and dull down as the ink seeps into the paper. There is no dryback with digital print so your prints stay lush and vibrant.

As a recommendation we always say if colour is importnant to you then get a printed proof - this can save a lot of money in the long run if you are concious of how your calendar is going to be printed an dthe colour output.

CMYK vs RGB - Just what exactly can happen?

OK, so now you know that your images will print differently based on what format and colour space you use, it would be worht showing you how this affects your images.

Shown here is an image formatted in sRGB and is lovely and vibrant, and then the same image shown converted to CMYK. You will see the image has lost some of its colour when converted to CMYK - this is becuase the cmyk spectrum of colour cannot match the same spectrun that RGB can reach.

So, we say that after conversion to CMYK format, then tweak your colours to suit your needs. By converting to CMYK you will get a more accurate print to screen result.

If you leave your images in RGB and then we print them, the printer automatically converts the images during the process to CMYK, based on whats going in it tries to replicate this as best as possible - the result of this is a more vibrant and perhps oversaturated image than you were expecting as the file should really be CMYK and not RGB.

As a recommendation we always say if colour is importnant to you then get a printed proof - this can save a lot of money in the long run if you are concious of how your calendar is going to be printed an dthe colour output.

But My Screen Shows My Images How I Like Them...

Yes, of course it does...its YOUR screen, you are used to this, and you accept this as being CORRECT - but as equipment is all different, as well as lighting and ambient environments who is to say your screen is 100% colour accurate over the screen in your conservatory room, or the HD screen on your friends tablet or phone in their garage - which one is right? The image here shows just how different things can look, which one is correct.......Neither - the printed proof is correct.

This is a massive topic and we cannot go into it -but quite frankly you cannot rely on what you see on your moniotrs to be 100% correct. We calibrate our monitors here to match what we see on screen to what comes out from the printer.

We can do this as we have a start point (screen) and an end point (print) but we cannot convey that to you with an email proof. You must get a  printed proof to show the final output in all cases if colour is importnat to you.

So the Final Outcome?

We mention it qute a bit here, if you are in anyway concious of colour or expect a specific output based on what you see then you really should be ordering a printed proof. We offer different levels of proofing, here they are explained in full:

1 - No Proof - I Accept The Printed Result:

This option is without any proofing, you assume full responsibility for your printing, Your job will get printed as is and there isnt much we can do if there is something wrong with your details or information. So colour accuracy is not covered, spelling, grammar etc - however what is covered is the layout, if there is a printing glitch such as an image is missing off your calendar, but its in your design studio, or there is print defect then of course we rectify these isues.

2 - Email Proof

For this option we send your file again to you after your order is placed. This file will be a low resolution PDF file optimised to be sent by email. There will be a loss in quality for this proof and cannot be used for quality or colour accuracy - this email proof will be purely content only and is a good way of double checking everything is ok with your file one last time before it goes to print - You CANNOT use an email proof as a colour accurate proof.

3 - Unbound Printed Proof

This means we will print your file out and proof physically. Here you will see the actual output for colour accuracy and final quality. If there is anything wrong at this stage we can then look to rectify any issues. Perhaps the colour isnt right or the quality of the images is too poor - we can then work together to rectify any issues to get the right output so everyone is happy.

4 - Full Bound Printed Proof

The same as above, but here we fully finish your proof into a final item, so any calendar binding and punching will be included showing the final product excatly as its going to be produced.

All printing here is printed in CMYK. We do not print in RGB.

Any files that you use in your designs or any artwork submitted to us in RGB colour spaces will be automatically converted to the CMYK colour space for effective printing.

RGB colours are for screen application only and there are colours in the RGB spectrum that CMYK cannot reach - this is why your designs in RGB will come out slightly different when printed.

CMYK will reduce the brightness of your RGB files by around 10% it may also cause a colour shift or cast - the best workaround to this colur change is to create your artwork in CMYK or convert your images to this format.

Our online design module is setup to work in CMYK as standard and wil convert any RGB file used within it.

 

Resolution refers to the quality of the file you are going to print. we always recommend yoru files to be at 300dpi of their intended print size.

All professional software will output a PDF file at this high quality resolution however if the images you are using in your documents ARE NOT set at 300dpi before you put them in then they will not magically then become 300dpi when you output your files...

Certain software will not output your files as high res 300dpi, for instance Microsoft Power Point is a screen only application and not recommended to be used as a print application.

If you are in any doubt contact us here for advice, or send us a file so that we can check the quality of the file you are looking to print. If you hae any hesitation in the quality you want to print, then we always recommed selecting a printed proof where available to ensure you are happy with the final outcome.

We print with both Offset (traditional lithographic) printing and Digital printing. We term ourself as a 'digital printer' as our Offset machinery has Direct Imaging technology. This means we image direct to the printing presses negating the need for the traditional plate making methods and the chemical processes associated with these traditional methods..

This makes us very environmentally freindly with a very low carbon footprint. Our offset press also runs without a water feed (most offset printing presses have a direct constant water feed) and with vegetable based toners is one of the most ecological printing pressess on the planet.

Our digital prinitng quipment are xerographic units, we run multiple machines that can handle short to high run print on demand providing near offset printing quality. By running multiple machines we guarantee a 99% uptime which means we do not let our customers down.

Yes we do offer double sided calendar printing - this is only available on our design service range or our upload your artwork range - you cannot have a double sided calendar using the design online software.

CALENDAR IMAGES

Our Themes are basically the layout style, and do not include the images - we do not offer any images with our calendars, these are for you to supply to us. Any images shown are for illustrative purposes only.

Yes of course you can, you can do this with our calendar design software or using the design service we can also do this for you. It is normal to have different images per month for calendars. You can also include a front cover images if you have ordered a calendar witha  front cover.

ABOUT US...

We are based in Devon, in between the rolling hills of Newton Abbot, Totnes & Torquay, ideally situated next to the the New South Devon Link Road making for the best transport links in and out of South Devon.

Our new online design module is software that allows you the customer to design directly here on our website. Depending on the product you have chosen the software will allow you to choose a pre-defined template and adjust or make changes as you see fit or the software also allows you to create a new bespoke unique design from scratch. The facility to upload your own images and store them on our servers. You will be able to select elements such as fonts from a pre-defined list.

This software not only will streamline the design process it will allow you the customer to cut out the middle man designer. The software natively outputs a PDF file ready for use when printing with us.

Al designs created by you will automatically be saved for later use when returning.

We help your business by offering an efficient print portal with competitive pricing. This teamed up with the online design module streamlines the processes involved in purchasing print. Our level of customer service and turnaround times means you are always ahead of the competition in support and service.

PRODUCTS

There is no limit to the amount of items you can order with us, howeevr there is a limit to how many of each item you can order.

On all of our products the minimum and maximum quantity is listed. The reason for this is due to our printing methods and sheet sizes we only list our competitive volumes.

There are up to three options for supplying or designing and customizing a product. On every product page you are presented with these avialable options:

1. Custom Design: lets you create a bespoke design from scratch. Click it to open the design studio and use multiple tools to create your own design from a blank starting point

2. Upload Design: using this option, you can upload your own JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, EPS, AI, PDF and PSD images - use this option when supplying already designed - Print Ready Artwork (Also called Camera Ready)

3. Browse Design: If the product has pre-defined templates available for use, then select this option to choose from our pre-loaded templates. Work on them or customise them through our design studio.

DELIVERY

We use the DPD next day delivery network to fulfill all of our deliveries. We have found these to offer the best all round service, not only including looking after your parcels during transit but also offereing the best tracking method available

Every order has delivery tracking where you are given the name of the driver, shown his current route and you are given your delivery time to within the hour!!

PRICING

All prices on this website are plus VAT at the current chargable rate unless the product is VAT exempt. To get a fina VAT price for any item, simply add your items to the shopping cart - here you will see the final price you will be paying for your items. ANy delivery charges will also be shown at the shopping cart and checkout stage.

Our dynamic price calculation system allows you to configure each product and see the pre-VAT price right on the product page before adding to the shopping cart or checkout stages.