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HOW TO: Design Print-Ready Files

  PRINT READY FILES Follow these easy steps and you’ll have a print-ready file to send us!   A – SETTING UP YOUR DOCUMENT: 1) Size as – Create your file dimensions using the finished print size (ie, 3.5” width x 2” height for a business card) 2) Bleed – Include 0.125” on all edges (top, bottom, left and right) for digital and offset printing Include 0.25” on all edges (top, bottom, left and right) for wide format printing over 4 feet 3) Margins – Make sure your important information has a large enough margin between it and the edge
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Buying Local Print Benefits YOU! 5 Reasons to Print Locally at JB Print Solutions

JB Print Solutions has been providing professional, high quality print for the Quinte region since 1983. From business cards to store signage, we provide you with products to suit your business and maximize your investment. Here are 5 reasons to print locally with JB Print: 1. Meet face-to-face with experienced professionals. Our team has hundreds of years of combined experience in the print industry. We use this knowledge and expertise to creatively and effectively provide you with print solutions. 2. Maximize your investment. We ask the right questions and give helpful answers to ensure you’re getting the right product the
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Photo Filters: They’re not just for Instagram

Photo Filters: They’re not just for Instagram Photos speak a thousand words, which is why it’s important to carefully choose your photos when using them in print. The images you select should support your content without being distracting or seeming out-of-place. For example, if you’re creating a theatre program for a play set in World War 1 you may want to edit your new, digital photos to look like they were taken in the early 1900s by using greyscale or sepia tone filters. What are photo effects? Photo effects are filters that we apply to an image in Photoshop to
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Printing in Canada: How Climate Affects Paper & Printing

How Climate Affects Paper & Printing     Despite working from inside the comfort of JB our presses and paper are still subject to the same Canadian climate as the rest of us. Each season we are presented with obstacles that the print industry has dealt with for many years. Thankfully with years of experience, we know exactly what to do in each season, adjusting our print practices so we can run efficiently day-to-day. Here are a few ways we customize our printing procedures! Winter: It comes as no shock that Canadian winters are cold and dry. While most of
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Come Sit With Us: FREE In-House Consultations at JB Print Solutions

  Come Sit With Us! At JB Print Solutions we believe in meeting with our customers, feeling the paper, seeing the potential, hearing the presses running, and smelling fresh print! This is why we’re happy to offer FREE in-house consultations. We know that starting a project, whether it’s re-branding your company or getting new business cards, can be a daunting task. Our team has the knowledge, experience, and technology to make that process easier from start to finish. Here are 5 reasons meeting with us will make your project a success: We’ll talk design! Collaborate with our designers to reduce
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Our Earth Week commitment to continue growing as a responsible green business

Many of us have learned the saying “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” since we were children, but we may not be following it to our true potential. At JB Print we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. So, in honour of Earth Week, let’s take the opportunity to reflect on how we can all become more responsible, green citizens and #BeTheChange.   Reduce (and Refuse) Reduce your consumption of harmful products in your life, such as non-recyclable packaging Did you know? Non-recyclable items include: mirrors, ceramics, plastic wrap, packing peanuts, photographs, polystyrene and Styrofoam, plastic toys/sports equipment, foam egg cartons and
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Customer Relations: The Key to Success

  Customer Relations is a major part of any business. It represents a line of communication between the production process and the customer or end-user of the product. This level of communication helps to ensure the product is made quickly and correctly to the customer’s specification, as well as ensuring that the business has all the information they need to create the product. Business benefits from customer relations, whether a large corporation or a mom and pop shop. Customer relations, or customer service, are the way a business communicates and interacts with the public to gain and retain customers. Small
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Designing with Special Finishes: A Designer’s Guide to Setting Up Special Effects for Digital Printing (Gold & Silver Sleeking, Lamination and Spot Clear Dry Ink)

What is Laminate? verb | lam•i•nate | \’la-mǝ-nāt| – To unite layers of material by an adhesive or other means Lamination is plastic film in various finishes that are applied to an entire printed sheet to create various visual and tactile effects. ** No extra set-up is required for your file. ** Image Specs: width of an image cannot exceed 12 in Length cannot exceed 18.75 in We have Soft Touch, Matte & Gloss laminates   What is Sleeking? verb| \’slēk\ – To cover up: gloss over Sleeking is the process of bonding a foil finish to something that is
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National Proofreading Day: Celebrating the importance of thorough proofing and proofreading

In celebration of National Proofreading Day, we’d like to share some tips to help you proof your designs as best possible before they become ink on paper! Proofreading is an integral step in the printing process. Proper spelling and grammar gives your business credibility. Imagery that is visually captivating and makes sense helps to tell your story and draw attention. Accurate content informs your customers and allows them to easily connect with your business. In the graphic design department we set up small runs like business cards with only a few key words to content-rich booklets and brochures. Whether there’s
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What’s that smell?

What is that smell? Something we hear a lot here at the shop is customers asking what they smell when they come in the door. Most print shops in the industry have a fairly unique smell to them. I say most because the aromas coming from the shop are mostly tied to a printing press and not all shops have their own press on site. Here at JB, we have two presses and a digital/vinyl shop that add their own little part to the overall experience. Here is how it all breaks down.   Inks Inks for the offset presses
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