Printing

When its print you’re looking for, you’ll find it at Double U Media. From simple business cards – to letterheads, brochures, catalogues, folders, flyers, calendars or a year planner, annual reports, poster design and print, sticker printing, certificates, banners... right up to the outdoor overhead billboard.

Whether it’s digital printing or litho printing you require, the quality and design will enhance your image, and cement your brand in overall awareness.

Because Double U Media is a marketing agency that excels in brand development, we understand the importance of a corporate identity, and that is why we only produce professional print mediums.

Being a comprehensive media agency that handles all aspects of your brand and advertising we also understands that it is more beneficial that your company’s marketing budget gets dispersed across all marketing mediums.

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Page Index:

- Printing quick links

- Read more about printing

- Print terminology

 

Quick links to our Double U Media printing company portfolio:

  • Stationery
    Branding your company logo on almost every part little pen or folder, is an extremely important step towards brand awareness. Stationary plays a big role in marketing and establishes your company in... Read more...
  • Banners
    Outdoor advertising is very popular. Through experience we have concluded that banners are durable and if well taken care of last for years. Feather banners, pull up banners and shark fin banners... Read more...
  • Folders and Calendars
    Put your best foot forward with corporate folders from Double U Media. Folders are a great way to create the right impression with customers and colleagues. More than just a holding-place for your... Read more...
  • Annual Reports
    We have extensive experience in the production of Annual reports and have a meticulous project management process, which ensure that not only will your Report be delivered on time, but the quality... Read more...
  • Other
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Through our fourteen years of experience we have come to realize that there are many ways to achieve the high quality print you’re looking at cheap print prices. This is due to the fact that we are a print agency that gets preferential rates from our printing companies. Also through our market experience we have build up the knowledge to distinguish who the most cost effective printing press would be to deliver the ideal printing techniques.

If you’re looking for custom prints like unique, professional business cards, Double U Media will most certainly be able to conceptualise them by utilizing highly visible print techniques, for instance we might suggest digital printing or litho printing and to achieve a desired effect we might incorporate elements like embossing, lamination or UV varnish, foiling or a die cut.

From a graphic designers perspective our design team focuses on creative designs by incorporating these various printing techniques to enhance your brand.

After all, you brand is normally the first impression, let it be an impressive one.

We have an extensive selection of print options available for small, medium and large businesses, from stationery like business cards to corporate identity packages, from banners to billboards. Please feel free (free like a bird) to contact us for further assistance regarding specialized products not listed.

 


Printing - Companies directory / terminology


Finishing is a process applied to a design’s substrate, or surface, that can provide your work with a specific look and feel, add decorative elements, alter its shape and size or provide functionality and presentation enhancements. Finishes can transform an ordinary design into something much more interesting and unique.

 

Digital Printing

– used for flyers, brochures, posters, banners
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

- Digital printing refers to methods of print from a digital-based image directly to a variety of media. It usually refers to professional printing where small-run jobs from desktop publishing and other digital sources are printed using large-format and/or high-volume laser or inkjet printers.

 

Printing Press

– aka bulk printing
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

- A printing press is a device for evenly printing ink onto a print medium (substrate) such as paper or cloth. The device applies pressure to a print medium that rests on an inked surface made of movable type, thereby transferring the ink. Typically used for texts, the invention and spread of the printing press are widely regarded as among the most influential events in the second millennium.

 

Litho Printing

– aka offset lithography used for low cost printing
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lithography is a method of printing originally based on the principle that oil and water do not mix.  Printing is from a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a smooth surface. Lithography can be used to print text or artwork onto paper or other suitable material.

 

Pantone

– aka spot colors
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

- The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another.

One such use is standardizing colors in the CMYK process. The CMYK process is a method of printing color by using four inks — cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. A majority of the world's printed material is produced using the CMYK process, and there is a special subset of Pantone colors that can be reproduced using CMYK.  Those that are possible to simulate through the CMYK process are labeled as such within the company's guides.

However, most of the Pantone system's 1,114 spot colors cannot be simulated with CMYK but with 13 base pigments (15 including white and black) mixed in specified amounts.

The Pantone system also allows for many special colors to be produced, such as metallic’s and fluorescents. While most of the Pantone system colors are beyond the printed CMYK gamut, it was only in 2001 that Pantone began providing translations of their existing system with screen-based colors. (Screen-based colors use the RGB color model — red, green, blue — system to create various colors.) The Goe system has RGB and LAB values with each color.

 

Perfect Binding

– aka soft cover binding
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Perfect binding is often used, and gives a result similar to paperback books. National Geographic is one example of this type. Paperback or soft cover books are also normally bound using perfect binding. They usually consist of various sections with a cover made from heavier paper, glued together at the spine with strong glue. The sections are milled in the back and notches are applied into the spine to allow hot glue to penetrate into the spine of the book. The other three sides are then face trimmed. This is what allows the magazine or paperback book to be opened.

Gluing is done with a stiff brush, and is done with a jabbing or light stabbing motion more than a painting one.

 

Saddle Stitch

Stapling through the centerfold, also called saddle-stitching, joins a set of nested folios into a single magazine issue
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

- A saddle stitch is appropriate for small booklets and, in general, for volumes with only a few pages. Most magazines that are not glued are saddle stitched: that is, they are held together by staples that run through the centerfold.  Once the pages are aligned and in the right order, this type of binding is quite straightforward. Staplers with extremely long jaws, designed specifically for saddle stitching, are available in office supply stores. Some photocopiers produce saddle-stitched volumes automatically.

 

Sewn Binding

– aka smyth sewing, section sewn, high quality binding
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sewing through the fold (also called Smyth sewing), where the signatures of the book are folded and stitched through the fold. The signatures are then sewn or glued together at the spine to form a text block. In contrast to oversewing, through-the-fold books have wide margins and can open completely flat. However, the text block of a sewn-through-the-fold book is not very secure, which can cause some signatures to come loose over time. Many varieties of sewing stitches exist, from basic links to complex decorative stitches.

 

Wire Binding

– aka twin loop wire, wire-o, double loop and wire bind
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wire binding is one of the most popular commercial book binding methods used in North America and is known by a number of different names including twin loop wire, Wire-o, double loop wire, double-o, ring wire and wirebind. With this binding method, users insert their punched pages onto a "C" shaped spine and then use a wire closer to squeeze the spine until it is round. Documents that are bound with wire binding will open completely flat on a desk and allow for 360 degree rotation of bound pages.

 

Print Varnish

- aka UV coating

- A varnish is a colourless coating that can both protect the substrate from wear-and-tear and enhance the look and feel of a design, or specific elements of the design (referred to as a spot varnish), with a glossy, dull or satin finish. Most magazine covers that you buy likely have a varnish applied to them — like the smooth, slippery-like texture that you feel on most magazine covers.

  • Different UV varnishes:

    -  Gloss
    Typically used to enhance photographs.

    -  Matte (or dull)
    Helps improve readability; most used in the interior pages of publications.

    -  UV Varnish
    Provides more shine than typical varnish; applied with an ultraviolet light.

    -  Spot UV
    Enhances specific parts of a design; can create a variety in texture.

 

Foiling

Foiling, which is the process of pressing colored foil onto a substrate with a heated die, can add texture and elegance to a design. It can also be used as a mirror to show reflections adding to the overall effect of a printed piece.

 

Folds

- Throw out Fold
A throw out fold allows extra space within a set sized publication. Think of the monthly centrefold image in a magazine — the magazine, with its two-facing pages, allows the centrefold to be a larger (taking up 3 pages) by utilizing the throw out. The “third” page is folded over the second allowing it to fit within the two-facing pages.
 
-  Gatefold
Much like the throw out fold provides a third page to fit within a two-page spread, the gatefold allows a forth page. The left and right panels are folded inward and meet at the spine.

Roll Fold
A piece of paper folded that has two or more parallel folds that fold in on each other. It may fold in from the left or right. To allow proper nesting of panels that fold in, inside panels are usually incrementally smaller than outer panels with the inside end panel being the smallest.

 

Perforation

Perforation is a ‘half-cut’ that allows parts of a substrate to be easily removed (torn off).

 

Offset Printing

– used for high volume low cost printing
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Offset printing or web offset printing is a commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred (or "offset") from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion of oil and water, the offset technique employs a flat (planographic) image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film (called "fountain solution"), keeping the non-printing areas ink-free. The modern "web" process feeds a large reel of paper through a large press machine in several parts, typically for several metres, which then prints continuously as the paper is fed through.

 

Collating

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Collation is the assembly of written information into a standard order. Many systems of collation are based on numerical order or alphabetical order, or extensions and combinations thereof. Collation is a fundamental element of most office filing systems, library catalogs and reference books.

 

Silkscreen

– aka silk screen printing
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Screen printing is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink or other printable materials which can be pressed through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate. A fill blade or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink into the mesh openings for transfer by capillary action during the squeegee stroke. Basically, it is the process of using a stencil to apply ink onto a substrate, whether it be t-shirts, posters, stickers, vinyl, wood, or other material.

 

Canvas

– aka canvas printing
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Canvas is an extremely heavy-duty plain-woven fabric used for making sails, tents, marquees, backpacks, and other items for which sturdiness is required. It is also popularly used by artists as a painting surface, typically stretched across a wooden frame. It is also used in such fashion objects as handbags, electronic device cases and shoes.

 

Die Cut

Die cutting is when the shape of the paper is altered or areas are cut out to enhance the visual purpose of the design. Often die cuts are used to see beyond a page and onto the proceeding one.

 

Embossing

– aka embossed printing

Embossing (above the surface) and debossing (below the surface) is a stamping technique in which particular elements are three-dimensional and textured. This technique can be accomplished with or without (blind) the use of ink or foil.

 

Labels

– aka label printing, label design
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

- A label is a piece of paper, polymer, cloth, metal, or other material affixed to a container or article, on which is printed a legend, information concerning the product, addresses, etc. Information printed directly on a container or article can also be considered labeling.

Labels have many uses: product identification, name tags, advertising, warnings, and other communication. Special types of labels called digital labels (printed through a digital printing) can also have special constructions such as RFID tags, security printing, and sandwich process labels.

 

Embroidery

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Embroidery is the handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. Embroidery is most often used on caps, hats, coats, blankets, dress shirts, denim, stockings, and golf shirts. Embroidery is available with a wide variety of thread or yarn color.

Machine embroidery, which arose in the early stages of the Industrial Revolution, mimics hand embroidery, especially in the use of chain stitches, but the "satin stitch" and hemming stitches of machine work rely on the use of multiple threads and resemble hand work in their appearance but not their construction.