Digiprint, your best local green printers

Printing has been around for many years, and it hasn’t been known for its greener shade, however at Digiprint, we believe the way we treat the environment impacts directly on the way we live and work, and we are committed to making a difference by taking matters into our own hands.

At Digiprint, we aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible, giving you the best bespoke solution for your specific requirements and at the same time reducing our carbon footprint. One way we do this is through our programme for change, Go Green Printing. We are passionate about the environment and can put it into practice by operating in an environmentally friendly way. Through a combination of investment in greener technology, Eco links, and recycled or forestry managed papers, waste management, and clever sourcing, we can offer you a truthfully green printing service.

Our paper is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council certified suppliers and manufactured using environmentally sustainable procedures, and our waste paper and used rags are all recycled. We also recycle any liquid waste we produce. Our lithographic printer inks are entirely vegetable based and our digital presses use dry toner based inks and are naturally green. By taking these necessary measures, we ensure that every aspect of our business is geared toward environmental sustainability. So, whatever you purchase from us, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll receive the greenest and most ethical print products available.

However, it’s not all big changes that can make a difference. We pride ourselves on making small changes, such as introducing low energy LED lighting in our studios. Just something as small as this can vastly impact our environment.

So, if you are as committed as us in reducing your carbon footprint and seeing a greener world, make a difference and choose your best local green printers today. For more information, contact our dedicated team of professionals.

Digiprint – green printers – naturally.

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Get clued up on litho and digital printing

Rapid advancements in technology have meant a greater choice in how we print. So, when you’ve put that finishing touch on the design that’s taken you months, from choosing colours to typography to imagery, there’s yet another choice to make – how will you print it? At Digiprint, we are here to alleviate any print concerns you may have to make the process as smooth sailing as possible.

Traditional offset lithography is the most common choice there is when it comes to high-volume commercial printing. High in quality, this method takes an image and burns it onto a plate, transfers it to a rubber blanket, and lastly onto a printing surface. This is the cheapest and most efficient printing when producing high quality in large quantities. And as the quantity increases, the cost reduces. If you wish to use special spot colours, such as the Pantone® Matching System, litho will give you the best match, as it uses the Pantone® ink.

Digital printing technology has soared in recent years, with increased technical advancements. Directly from file to machine, with digital printing, there are a multitude of options and features, ranging from quick set up time to low volume printing. This means fast in-house turnaround and looser purse strings, as when setup costs are included, digital printing provides lower per unit costs for small print runs. Digital printing allows you to print what you need, reducing waste, making this a very economical choice. Going digital also allows for personalisation. So, if you’ve just finalised your perfect wedding invitation design, this customisable digital printing allows us to print each invitation with a different name. It doesn’t even take more time – if you’re in a hurry, digital printing is for you.

At Digiprint, we offer both forms of printing, to provide you with the choice that is most suitable to your needs. If you want to discover more, call us today.

5 Design tips for great signage

Grabbing people’s attention with a great big sign outside your business is one of the best strategies around. Eye-catching signage engages customers and imparts information. At Digiprint, we understand that great signage needs to look attractive, but also clearly express what you’re trying to get across. Here are 5 design tips we believe can do both.

Boost the Resolution

Make sure you use high enough resolution images. Signage tends to be fairly large, so you will need a high quality image that can stand being blown up. There’s nothing worse than having a pixelated background image on your otherwise perfect signage design.

Contrast is Key

With signage in particular, the aim is to grab people’s attention. So, make your text stand out by putting thought into the colour. Black text on a yellow background or black on white will draw the eyes directly to the text, but green on red would be near unreadable. Don’t have a busy background, and if you want to make text stand out from other text, change the fonts slightly.

Pick a Colour

Every colour expresses something different, so choose one that will express your desired message. Black will say sophistication and mystery when you’re trying to convey warmth and cheerfulness – go with yellow instead.

Text Size Matters

Draw people in by increasing the size of your text, and remember hierarchy here. You want to keep the title size at the largest, and then decrease in size with the subtitle, and any body text last. This will clarify what’s most important, and not confuse customers by muddling information together in one big text size.

Be Simple and Concise

Don’t allow your design elements to confuse the final message that you’re trying to get across. Above all, make sure your design is simple and to the point. In a busy high street, you may have seconds to make a difference before people’s attention is diverted.

At Digiprint, we offer a wide range of signage products to get you noticed. Call us now for more information.

Fly high with academic printing

During that season of tight deadlines, busy planning, and all-nighters, there is nothing worse than finishing that critical essay you’ve been straining over for months only to find your printer has spat it out in poor quality, or worse, you’ve run out of ink. At Digiprint, we are here to help you through that last obstacle. We provide quality print and make it our priority to put customers first to see that your academic year runs as smoothly as possible.

For those all-important presentations that can make or break your academic year, we offer high quality printing for large format presentation posters. We will ensure that your hard work gets noticed with our fantastic colourful wide format range. From A2 to A0, our 210gsm heavy matt poster prints will showcase your work in the best light. With quick turnaround, you can collect the next day.

We understand that for photography and art students colour is everything, and we couldn’t agree more. We supply large photo satin prints, A3 or above, so for those photography exhibitions you will really look the business.

When you finally arrive at the pivotal dissertation, we are here to see that you finish your student life with a bang. From high quality colour or black and white laser printing, we can present your work to your exact requirements. Our colour printing is on 120gsm silk paper as standard to give your images and diagrams that platform to shine. We can also display your efforts with metal wire binding, which includes a clear plastic cover and a 300gsm white card back to give you that professional finish. To combat those tight deadlines, we can have your project completed from PDF to print in no time at all, and to manage that tight budget we provide a sliding price scale which means the more sides of printing you require, the cheaper it becomes.

To ensure your First, get in touch with our team today.

Print professional with full bleed designs

For borderless, professional printing, a bleed is vital. We seek excellence in everything we do and strive to secure customer loyalty through top quality service, so at Digiprint, we want to equip you with the tools so we can produce the best print of your work.

A bleed is the extension of your artwork past the trim line of each edge. This enables us to trim your artwork so your design carries on right to the edge of the page. We need your work to be print ready, and if a file is supplied without a bleed we will have to add a white border around your design, which could produce a finished effect you hadn’t intended.

Whether it’s brochure, business card or leaflet designs you’re creating for print, we can ensure your work is of the highest quality. Setting up your document with a bleed is simple and can be achieved with just a couple of steps with a variety of software applications such as Photoshop and InDesign.

To trim your work accurately, we need you to add a 3-5mm bleed area around your document. This carries on your artwork over the edge of your finished document size with the intention of trimming it off later on. Without a bleed, we have to cut into your artwork by 1 or 2 milimeters to achieve a full bleed print, and after all your hard work, we don’t want to see a jot of it wasted.

Once you’ve designed your document with the bleed area and are ready to export, you’ll need to add crop marks. This is so we know where your document ends and your bleed begins for trimming. A handy tip – keep your crop marks away from the corners of the document otherwise you could end up with unwelcome black dots in that area.

We want to get the best out of your artwork, and with these simple steps, you can ensure that we do. If you want the ultimate borderless, professional print, contact our team now.

The PDF way

One simple alteration to your finished file before it goes to print can mean the difference between a high quality success and a high quality flop. Either way, your document will be printed on one of our top machines, but just what is printed is up to you. Here at Digiprint, we love PDFs. This Portable Document Format is the ingredient to ensure your work is printed to the desired effect you wish.

PDF is a versatile file format that can be read on almost any machine, Windows and Mac included, which makes it perfect for getting your file over to us for print. However, with a Word Document file, formatting can change from computer to computer. If you brought in your dissertation in this format, elements, such as tables, paragraph formatting, margins, and fonts would dramatically alter, and after all that hard work of setting it up perfectly, you could be left with a muddled document. But with PDF, you can be confident that not one part of your design will be out of place.

With such a wide range of fonts, sending us a PDF of your work is crucial. If you have used a specific font that we don’t have on our system, when we open your Word Document our machine will instantly use a substitute font in its place, as your document won’t have embedded the font like a PDF would. Creating a PDF locks your formatting and fonts in place so we can print your work exactly as you intend.

Providing a PDF also makes it easy for us to impose your files for printing using our latest software to ensure that we complete your order on time. Creating PDF versions of your files is straightforward. Most software, including Microsoft Office applications, has an option to save as PDF in the ‘Save As’ menu. So, instead of saving as a Word Document, simply select PDF.

Our printers are geared up to print PDF files. Are you geared up to let them? For more information, call our team today.

Top 5 Digiprint Design Tips

To maximise the impact of your print, we want to share with you some of our valuable insights into what makes a great design. Here are just five ways to inspire you:

The Quiet Zone

A quiet zone is a 5mm border in from the outer edge of your document where no text, design elements, or logos reside. This will ensure professionalism and guarantee that none of your content is trimmed off when we cut your artwork down. So, for all those of you who want your presentation posters to shout with knowledge, get into the quiet zone.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Big, Bad, Negative Space

White space in artwork is really not all that bad. It can be tempting to fill out your document with design elements, such as text and imagery, however white space is an opportunity to let your design breathe. It can also create purposeful shapes on the page. For example, FedEx use negative space to create a forward arrow, which promotes their brand.

Tell it with Typography

Think about the font you use and what it communicates. For example, typefaces with rounded edges are often friendlier, Serifs portray tradition and age, and Sans Serifs have a more modern feel. Typography is an art, so make it count.

Compare and Contrast

Text colour that is too close to the background colour will be unreadable. Avoid blue text on a red background and try white text instead. Also, avoid black text on busy backgrounds.

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

When you’re setting out to design make a note of design trends. For example, you’ll notice that movie posters in the horror genre are very similar. This is because people expect a certain portrayal of the product. If you’re too radical and your design doesn’t fit within its niche, it may not communicate what you want.

Once you’ve had some fun designing, we can offer you a quality print service to get the best out of your efforts. For more advice and ideas on what makes a fantastic design, get in touch with our team.

Light up your Christmas with personalised printing

That time of year is nearly upon us again and Digiprint want to make it one to remember. From cards to calendars to menus, we can tailor each one to your requirement, making your Christmas wish come true.

Whatever artwork you desire on your Christmas card this year or on your dinner menu for those out-of-town guests, we can relieve the pressure and create that perfect design so you don’t have to. With various sizes, our in-house team can sit with you to make sure your family and friends receive that perfect Christmas card to mark the end of 2015. We offer a proofing process to ensure that you’re completely happy with the artwork before we go to print. We also keep your artwork on file so you can have the same design year after year if you choose, which will cut the cost of paying a design fee every time the season returns.

If you’re hosting a Christmas dinner for your in-laws and are desperate to impress, we supply a range of card stocks for you to choose from for your menu, all 300gsm or thicker, including cream and textured Conquerer stocks if you want that classy finish.

Finding that perfect gift each and every year can become a nightmare, but with our high quality canvases, we can turn that nightmare into a dream reality. From a family picture to an old wedding photo, we can make this gift top them all. Printed onto 100% cotton canvas material and mounted onto chunky wooden frames, our canvases are second to none. Our large format HP inkjet printer will give you the best quality canvas print that will hang on your wall for years to come.

If you, like many others, leave it till the last second and join the Christmas stampede down the high street, we can accommodate for you with quick turnaround service. If we print digitally in-house, you can expect your completed Christmas card order within 24 hours in most cases, and your canvases within 2-3 days.

If you want to make this Christmas your best one yet, contact our dedicated team to find out more.