Printing and Papers Explained

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Printing techniques
Here at Studio Whitby we work together with a professional commercial printer with over 30 years experience. We aim to produce a sharp, high resolution litho print on a selection of papers at a fair price - without cutting corners on quality.

All our projects are printed using a Heidelberg Lithographic press using a stochastic screening technique, which means text, images and graphics are rendered much sharper than traditional litho printing. We work with one of only a handful of companies in the UK to use this system - so that our design work looks the very best it can in print.

as well as printing we’re able to apply a variety of finishes and pre-production techniques such as lamination, die cutting, rounded corners, embossing, creasing and folding.

Paper stock
Your finished design can be printed onto a wide selection of paper stock with a variety of finishes such as:

Uncoated:
Uncoated paper is just that, uncoated; It is usually used on items such as business letterheads, envelopes or compliment slips. It will easily run through an ink-jet or laser office printer and can also be written on with a ball point pen. This finish is printed on a thick 120gsm paper stock to give your business stationery that extra quality look.

Silk:
Silk paper lies somewhere between a pure matt and gloss coating, its not as protective as a full laminated finish but it does work well as an economical protective coating for folded leaflets and brochures. Silk is the go-to finish for most of our projects and is generally printed on a 200gsm paper stock.

Gloss:
A gloss finish has the same characteristics as the silk coating but with a glossy, reflective look. This finish works best for photographic material, but we would advise against it for text or graphical work. If you think your project would work well with a gloss finish please mention this when requesting a quote.

Lamination:
If your item needs to last or stand up to rough handling, this is a good choice. It’s an ultra thin plastic film which is applied to the paper (usually silk) and can have a high gloss or soft matt finish. Its generally used to enhance the appearance of a standard paper and will also protect against moisture, grease and fingerprints. The matt lamination is our standard finish on business cards but can also be applied to other products such as leaflets or menus.

Specialist papers:
As well as our standard gloss, silk or uncoated stock, we can also print on a selection of specialist papers such as high quality woven art board or an ice gold paper - perfect for invitations or gift vouchers. If you’d like to know more, or find out which printing technique would work best for you - then please do telephone the studio on 01947 899120 or contact us using the menu above to book a no obligation appointment and lets discuss printing over a cup of tea or coffee.

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