Monday, 28 November 2011

What is Coated / Uncoated Paper?

We're often asked what we mean when we say 'coated' or 'uncoated' paper... so here's a quick introduction!

Coated Paper is printing stock that has an outer layer of coating. We stock two different finishes - Gloss and Silk. Coated paper tends to produce sharp, bright printing because the ink isn't absorbed into the paper very much, and the coating means light is reflected well. It's commonly used for leaflets, posters, flyers, business cards etc.

Uncoated Paper is print stock that doesn't have an outer coating. Some people prefer it because it feels more natural. The results in print are totally different to coated stocks though, as the ink is absorbed into the paper, allowing the dots to expand resulting in a print that is less sharp, and less bright than coated stocks. It's commonly used for stationery (letterheads and compliment slips) as well as business cards, loyalty cards, flyers etc

There we have it - a quick intro to coated and uncoated papers... Take a look at our website if you're interested in ordering printing - http://ping.fm/y7umS

Friday, 25 November 2011

CMYK - explained

CMYK is used everywhere as way to achieve full colour printing. It's also known as process, 4-colour process and full colour process and uses 4 ink colours - Cyan (C), Magenta (M), Yellow (Y), and Black (K - which stands for Key). The colours are layed down on the paper as tiny dots which combine to create the illusion (to our eyes) of other colours. If you have a look at something that's been printed under a magnifying glass you should be able to see the 'matrix' of tiny dots of each colour!

There we have it - a quick intro to CMYK. Check out our website at http://ping.fm/994ZS if you're looking to get something printed - we specialise in Flyers, Business Cards and Leaflets. :)

Monday, 21 November 2011

Mineral Oil Ink vs Vegetable Oil Ink

In the past there was little choice for printers when it came to caring for the environment. Traditional ink was made from Mineral Oil which contains some pretty hazardous substances (such as petroleum hydrocarbons which results in smog), and some rather nasty sounding metals and salts (such as antimony, chromium, selenium, arsenic, mercury, cobalt, cadmum, maganese, lead etc).

In recent years no doubt helped by advances in technology and environmental awareness, an alternative in the form of Mineral Oil Free ink has become available - and whilst there were problems at first with quality, these days both quality and price are almost indistinguishable.

So what is Mineral Oil Free ink?

Mineral Free Inks replaces the mineral oil used to makeup the ink with vegetable oil which, because of the absense of heavy metals, improves degradability, is manufactured from a renewable resource, and crucially eliminates over 99% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released into the atmosphere, making it much nicer for the environment and printing staff.

Here at The Local Print Company we only use vegetable oil based inks that are 100% free from mineral oils. Visit our website for more information about our product range and to buy printing online!