Fotoprint Ltd.
975 Pandora Avenue
Victoria, BC V8V 3P4

P250 382 8218
F250 382 9952
TF1 888 382 8211
 

Hd digital printing

For most smaller print runs, the economy of digital printing is the production process of choice with lightning fast turnarounds, same or next day.

  • We call it HD for a reason. Unrivalled resolution of up to 3600 dpi.
  • Ink will not crack or flake off.
  • Prints super format size, up to 13" x 40".
  • Prints on stock up to 15pt thick. Great for thick business cards.
  • Prints on plastics. Great for menus or signs that must be waterproof or tear resistant. Less expensive, far nicer and more environmentally friendly than plastic laminating.
  • Prints envelopes in high resolution full colour, which was not previously economical for quantities up to 5000.
  • New oil-free and silicone-free dry ink formulated with renewable and organic components which means that printed material can be fed back through a laser printer or photo copier.
  • Offset-like image rendering, eliminating the artificial gloss like appearance of most digital printers.
  • Prints variable data or mail merge (every piece is unique). Address labels are so yesterday. Personalized marketing is the future, today.
  • Cost effective for small quantities.
  • Can be uv coated for a high gloss finish and extra protection.
  • Environmentally safe: Printing is de-inkable and recyclable/low power consumption/no exit exhaust/emits no ozone or VOCs (volatile organic compounds)/ink is made from organic based oil free polymers.

Limitations

  • Not cost effective for large quantities (see offset printing).
  • Perfect/exact image registration for 2 sided printing is not possible. On heavier stock, you can expect up to 1/16" image shift from front to back on 2 sided printing.

Further study

Are you competitive with copy centres/digital shops?

Copy centres are great for very small quantities such as 2, 5, 10, 50 copies of a document. As quantities increase and jobs and become more complex, along with a desire for higher print quality or colour accuracy, our prices become increasingly less than a copy centre. Those who receive estimates from us are often shocked because our prices are so much less than a copy centre. Here's a recent example from a customer who requested 3 estimates from local shops:

1000 11 x 17 Posters, printed 1 side in full colour on 80lb gloss book paper.

  • 1 - Local digital print shop - $400

  • 2 - Local digital print shop - $447

  • 3 - Local offset print shop - $459

  • 4 - Fotoprint - $257

Are you different than copy centres/digital shops?

Yes, all leading to a better print buying experience.

Before we print ...

We use professional PDF workflow software for processing supplied digital files, which means:
  • Supplied files are automatically checked for issues which will affect print quality. Most copy centres just print your file as supplied but we will always contact you first if there are resolutionbleeds, or other issues.
  • Many minor issues are automatically fixed at no charge.
  • Colour profiles are automatically applied which always ensures accurate colour reproduction.
  • All print orders and their digital files are archived for ease of reordering.
  • Both soft (emailed) and hard copy proofs are provided, which helps to ensure that content and colour is as expected. No negative surprises.

Ordering and proofing ...

  • Our customer service people are knowlegeable! This might not sound important but you wouldn't believe how much money and time we can save you with the right advice.
  • Fast and simple web based ordering and estimating.
  • Online proof approval, if colour accuracy is not critical.

Quality equipment, minimum environmental impact

  • We have an extensive equipment profile, including digitaloffset and ink-jet, which is necessary for different types, sizes and quantities of printing. Copy centres usually have small digital devices, which are not economical for larger run lengths and render questionable quality.
  • We consider the environmental impact of every equipment purchase.

Local ...

  • Locally owned, locally produced, locally delivered.

 

Do you archive my digital files?

Yes. We archive all digital files for future access. For privacy concerns, we will not release thoses files to anyone other than the invoicee, unless authorized by that individual or company.

Do you create bar codes?

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Do you keep a history of my order?

Yes. We archive all customer supplied digital file artwork, which can be quickly and easily accessed for future printing. We do not charge for this archival service.

How can I pre-determine what colour will look like?

For single or spot colour printing, we have Pantone formula guides/swatches.

For CMYK process colour printing, we have customized CMYK colour guides which we encourage designers to use and are free of charge. Although the ink colours, calibration and digital processes are based on North American standards, they are unique to us. Therefore, this guide is better than any other CMYK source you may have for full colour projects printed by Fotoprint.

Please note that these colour guides are all printed on white paper stocks. If a colour paper is chosen, the end result will not match the swatch.

How fast is the turnaround for digital printing?

Fast. Upon approval of proof, most digital print jobs are completed within 24 hours as long as we are using in-house paper. Same day turnaround is common for rush jobs as long as the size of the job is not beyond the physical capability of the equipment and we are not swamped off our feet.

How long will it take to complete my order?

We work around your schedule, not ours. Let us know what your timeline requirements are and we will do our best to make it happen. We are used to extremely tight deadlines so don't hesitate to let us know.

If timing is NOT critical, here are some general standards:

Step 1: Proofs

We usually produce proofs for you to approve within a few hours. If you are supplying a digital file and we discover file issues which will compromise print quality, you will be contacted before we proceed or any costs are incurred.

Step 2: Print production

From proof approval, depending on size and complexity, we can complete your order from an hour on small jobs to a week on larger or more complicated projects. Again, if you need it quickly, let us know and we'll jump on it.

If I supply a digital file, is it checked/analyzed before you print?

Yes. All supplied digital files are 'flight checked' with our Xitron Sierra workflow software. If there are any issues, we will notify you before any costs are incurred.

What is a QR code?

A QR Code is bar code that can be read by any smart or mobile phone equipped with a camera. QR Codes direct a user to a specific web page the creator intended. The "QR" is derived from "Quick response" and is a call to action that allows your organization to direct someone to your website or directly add your contact information to their phone. All they need is a smart phone or a mobile phone with a camera which has the free software installed which will read the QR code.

These QR codes can take your printed piece to the next level by increasing traffic to your website, and by providing tracking or contact information.

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What is Emulsion Aggregation?

On Jan 1, 2010, we upgraded our digital black printing equipment which incorporates the use of Emulsion Aggregation (EA) fine particle toner. This revolutionary toner creates quality that is comparable to offset level output quality with finer lines, higher levels of detailing and a smooth matte finish.

Short run, high quality black printing will now have uncompromised quality at digital prices.

What is the difference between RGB and CMYK colour?

RGB and CMYK are two different methods for generating/viewing colours. RGB files must be converted to CMYK before printing.

What is RGB?

The colours you see on your computer monitor, smartphone, TV, digital cameras, etc. are in RGB (Red, Green, Blue)

What is CMYK?

Commercial printers print with CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, blacK), also known as '4 Colour Process'.

You convert from RGB to CMYK (recommended)

Many graphics software programs give you the option to work in either RGB or CMYK colour spaces. An image created in RGB is not going to look the same when it's printed using the CMYK four colour process. That means you should convert your images to CMYK before you pass the file to us. The best way to do that is by creating your document in a CMYK workspace and converting your RGB images to CMYK in Photoshop (ideally using the GRACoL profile) before placing them in your document. All of this should be done BEFORE you make a PDF, unless you are working in software which doesn't support conversion, like MS Word or Apple Pages. Other times it may be a matter of timing or necessity (e.g. you've collected a bunch of tiny logos from Web sites, and the output quality isn't critical for this project). We have set up a system at Fotoprint which scans your entire PDF and converts images to CMYK using the GRACoL profile, which is the profile our equipment is calibrated to.

Or... we will convert from RBG to CMYK

If you are a professional designer, we may assume that an RGB file was provided to us unintentionally, and we will advise you accordingly. For the majority of jobs, however, we will proceed with converting and outputting a proof, but will advise that you see the proof in person to confirm the conversion meets your needs.

What is the difference between your digital and offset printing?

Fotoprint utilizes both digital (high definition, reyclable organic based polymer toner) & offset (vegetable and waterless ink based) printing. Both processes are the latest and best of their respective technologies but there are differences between them.

Hd digital (for smaller quantities)

  • Print quality similar to offset, with subtle differences that generally need a magnifying glass or loupe to discern.
  • Super fast turnaround times, same or next day.
  • Less expensive than offset for smaller quantities.
  • Wide range of paper choices up to 15pt thick.
  • Prints on up to 16pt. thick plastic. Will not rub off.
  • Capable of variable data (mail merge) where each print is unique.

Offset (for larger quantities)

  • Very high print quality. (perfect for fussy people :)
  • Slightly longer turnaround times, a few days max.
  • Less expensive than digital for larger quantities.
  • Wide range of paper choices up to 16pt thick.
  • Enviro friendly offset print process (see our Environmental Management Plan).

Please note: the term 'digital' printing is used by copy shops to commercial printers. These devices and the companies who utilize them are NOT created equal. Be cautious when buying 'digital' printing. Always ask for samples or a proof to make sure your expectations are met. Print quality and colour accuracy vary considerably.

What is uv coating?

This unique coating protects our offset and digital printing and will make your print projects look even better. It is a 100% non-toxic polymer resin which is a perfect fit for our concerned approach to the environment. This polymer resin can be applied to any coated paper or card stock, enhancing the appearance with a smooth, glossy finish. In addition, the printed material has an extra layer of protection from abrasion and will not rub off in someone's hand or wallet. There is also no loss of flexibility. If your project will be subject to a lot of handling, such as the cover of a book, please consider our uv coating option to seal the image and make it highly durable. For more information, please see our uv coating page for more details.

Will the ink rub off or crack on my business cards?

Depending on the specifications, we use both digital and offset technologies to print business cards.

Dry toner based digital printing is prone to cracking, especially if a dark image is on a fold or bleeds off the edges, but our HD digital press uses new ink technology which is much less likely rub off or crack.

Offset printing is unlikely to crack. The ink tends to soak in to the stock, rather tha sitting on top of it.